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Ghosts I-IV
     

Ghosts I-IV

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by Nine Inch Nails
 

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Roughly a year after Year Zero -- a year marked by lots of sniping with his record company first about their clueless promotion then devolving into a tirade about their general uselessness -- Trent Reznor broke free of Interscope/Universal and became a free agent, releasing music where and when he wanted. To celebrate his freedom he released the four-part

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Roughly a year after Year Zero -- a year marked by lots of sniping with his record company first about their clueless promotion then devolving into a tirade about their general uselessness -- Trent Reznor broke free of Interscope/Universal and became a free agent, releasing music where and when he wanted. To celebrate his freedom he released the four-part Ghosts, a clearinghouse of 36 instrumentals all created during the years he crafted Year Zero. It should come as no great surprise that Ghosts then plays like a sketchbook, a place where Reznor jotted down sounds and textures that flitted across his mind and then either took them no further, or decided to spin them into something entirely new for the full album. These aren't songs, they're seeds, and they (appropriately) aren't even graced with titles; they're all dubbed "Ghosts," parts one through 36, and if Reznor didn't spend enough time crafting them into proper songs, don't feel too bad if you don't spend enough time with Ghosts to sort through them, picking out which fragments are powered by a clenched electro beat and which are glassy ambient shards. Even fanatics might be hard-pressed to give Ghosts such a careful listen as it's simply not meant to be so closely observed. It's meant to be taken as surface, perhaps skimmed for samples, but generally to be used as mildly unsettling mood music -- a specialty of Reznor's, to be sure, but he's better and scarier when his ideas are more finely honed than they are here.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2008
Label:
The Null Corporation
UPC:
0766929908628
catalogNumber:
26
Rank:
23805

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Performance Credits

Nine Inch Nails   Primary Artist
Adrian Belew   Guitar,Marimbas,electronics,Guest Appearance
Trent Reznor   Track Performer
Brian Viglione   Drums,Guest Appearance
Alessandro Cortini   Dulcimer,Bass,Guitar,electronics,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Adrian Belew   Composer
Alan Moulder   Producer,Engineer
Trent Reznor   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Atticus Ross   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Rob Sheridan   Art Direction
Brian Viglione   Composer
Alessandro Cortini   Composer

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Ghosts I-IV 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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I've been a NIN fan for 15 years now. One of the big reasons I love NIN so much is Trent Reznor's unique voice. I love the music, of course, but no matter how angry and impersonal the music gets, his voice holds everything down and gives the music power that would not be there without it. Ghosts is beautiful at times, slightly off-putting and difficult to muster up enthusiasm for. I was stunned at the way it was dropped on NIN fans overnight, which is a different story in and of itself. Overall, Ghosts is mood music. It's not meant to be listened to as carefully as the other NIN albums. Although you can feel Reznor's presence in each and every piano and drum beat, I really miss his voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Nine Inch Nails, best album to date, Trent and Co. are on a role with, this album, a must have for any NIN, another, great double cd.