The song gives me the sense that they let the writing dictate the style, not that they set out to make a smoothie of a few bands’ best sounds.
If this is what it means to be called dad rock, then we’ll gladly jump on board.
You don’t hear the wah-wah much these days. I don’t know why more bands don’t wanna wah, but it’s used well here to let something loose over the zip-locked rhythm section.
As the weather gets colder I’ve been playing this song a lot. I assume the title refers to the Pac Man ghosts, unsung heroes of 20th century pop culture.
There’s a tendency in music writing to personify the guitar. Critics will talk about what the guitar wants, does, feels as though it were an entity separate from the guitarist. But a guitar performance really comes down to fingers and the person they belong to.