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Album Review

Fastball were hardly the best of the one-hit wonder alt-rock acts to skitter across the radar in the 1990s, but they were inarguably better than most of their peers; that said, what is anyone supposed to expect from the first solo album from Fastball's guitarist? Probably not quite what they get from Miles Zuniga's These Ghosts Have Bones, a collection of 11 Beatlesque pop tunes that chronicle a relationship that's clearly crashed and burned. The liner notes describe These Ghosts Have Bones as "a record/therapy session by Miles Zuniga," and it was written and recorded in the wake of a messy divorce; while the material is tuneful and lively enough that this doesn't sound like a weepy meditation on lost love, the lyrical focus of these songs is pretty hard to avoid, and if Zuniga isn't crying, he has good reason not to sound happy as he senses his spouse's infidelity on "Feel It in Your Kiss," tries to decide what to do with himself on "Elizabeth," and struggles to fool himself and others on "You Can't Break My Heart." While Tony Scalzo sang the bulk of Fastball's hits, Zuniga's voice has an agreeable regular-guy tone (with the slightest vocal resemblance to John Lennon) that suits the theme and approach of this album very well, and he's got an impressive way with a melody, giving these tunes a buoyant and intelligent pop sound that softens the blow of the more cynical material. Bassist Bruce Hughes and drummer John Chipman fill out the songs with admirable color and restraint, and Zuniga's production is crisp and effective, aided by the warm, clean tone of Bob Clearmountain's mix. Zuniga is hardly the first musician to wrench an album's worth of material from a broken heart, but These Ghosts Have Bones manages to sound entirely honest about the hurt brought on by a busted marriage while coupling his lyrics to killer pop melodies, and the mingled joy and sadness of this album only makes the emotional impact on both sides more effective. These Ghosts Have Bones is a splendid solo debut for Zuniga, though hopefully he won't have to go through another divorce in order to come up with a suitable follow up.

Customer Reviews

My favorite album of the year!

This first solo album from half of Fastball's songwriting duo, Miles Zuniga, is an impressive jewel of an album! Highly personal lyrics melded with amazingly crafted music and melodies prove that this is the work of a truly gifted songwriter. Concise at just over 34 minutes for 11 songs, the album never overstays its welcome and never suffers any lack of momentum. As good as I consider his work with Fastball, and his equally impressive side project The Small Stars, I feel he has connected with something in himself that has elevated his already impressive songwriting to new levels. Any of these songs could be a standout, but for me, Marfa Moonlight with it's RAM-era McCartney-esque thematic journeys is a bit odd yet completely beautiful at the same time. Now She's Just A Shadow is pure lilting California pop perfection with an unbeatable melody. Among the best he's ever written. One Day Closer To You is the one I would pick as having the best chance for radio play as it's just such a winner. And the aching You Can't Break My Heart ends things with an emotional exclamation point, neatly summing up the overall theme of this album, the real-life ending of his long time relationship. Whether you like Fastball or not, or have never even heard of Miles Zuniga, if you like great songwriting from a gifted songwriter, musician and singer, this is a "can't miss" pick that will not dissapoint!

Ear Candy for the mind and soul!

He's spent years honing his craft and now as his journey continues Miles brings you inside his life, wraps you up in his words, and draws you in with an album you know comes from deep within his soul. These Ghosts Have Bones MUST be on your personal albums of the year chart. You will not regret the time you invest savoring every word and note this collection has to offer, so grab your favorite drink, kick back and immerse yourself for Miles and Miles and Miles!

These Ghosts Have Bones

This album is a must have. It's a phenomenal musical journey that all should experience. You can feel the soul of this amazing musician!


Born: September 10, 1966 in Laredo, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Guitarist, songwriter, and singer Miles Zuniga enjoyed a fling with fame in the 1990s as a member of the band Fastball before dividing his time between several bands and a solo career. Zuniga was born in Laredo, Texas on September 10, 1966. Years later, he relocated to Austin, Texas in hopes of making a name for himself on the city's music scene, and for several years he played in a variety of bands, including a combo called Big Car. In 1994, Zuniga and Big Car drummer Joe Shuffield launched a new...
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