Ordinarily I am a metalhead; not that I listen to metal exclusively but I enjoy dynamic, well recorded, interesting music and The Ghost Who Walks is just that. It takes the sound textures of older country and folk music and spins it with Elson's crystal clear vocals, interesting lyrics, and an excellent production for a unique audio experience I have never heard anything else replicate.
Careful listening with a good pair of headphones will reveal complementing melodies in many tracks. Some songs even have a somewhat "progressive" feel to them in perhaps a similar manner to what The Decemberists have done on The Crane Wife.
Acoustic guitar rhythm is often present in one channel while one or two electric guitar lines share space on top of just-prominent-enough bass and drums. Lap steel guitar and organs/pianos/synth instruments add further textures that make listening to this album a joy for the audiophile; one can listen to the same song many times focusing on something else. The harmony of this choir of sounds mixed together is particularly impressive in the tracks "The Garden" and the powerful closer "Mouths to Feed". The record seems to be mostly written in minor keys and has a distinctive mood but is dynamic enough that the whole thing is gripping enough to be listened to in one sitting.
If you are not typically a country/folk listener for the reasons I mentioned earlier, you owe it to yourself to check this out. Here's to hoping that Karen hits the studio in the near future for a follow-up.