Ghosts I-IV
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Ghosts I-IV

March 2, 2008

  Song Title
01 Ghosts I
02 Ghosts I
03 Ghosts I
04 Ghosts I
05 Ghosts I
06 Ghosts I
07 Ghosts I
08 Ghosts I
09 Ghosts I
10 Ghosts II
11 Ghosts II
12 Ghosts II
13 Ghosts II
14 Ghosts II
15 Ghosts II
16 Ghosts II
17 Ghosts II
18 Ghosts II
19 Ghosts III
20 Ghosts III
21 Ghosts III
22 Ghosts III
23 Ghosts III
24 Ghosts III
25 Ghosts III
26 Ghosts III
27 Ghosts III
28 Ghosts IV
29 Ghosts IV
30 Ghosts IV
31 Ghosts IV
32 Ghosts IV
33 Ghosts IV
34 Ghosts IV
35 Ghosts IV
36 Ghosts IV

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 2, 2008
  • Label: The Null Corporation
  • Copyright: 2008 The Null Corporation
  • Total Length: 1:50:08
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  • ASIN: B00158SHD8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,789 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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139 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon forgot to include the 40 page PDF booklet March 2, 2008
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
What a diverse album! Amazon didn't include the PDF with the download, but you can get it directly from -- [...]
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A soundtrack for daydreams March 14, 2008
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Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, infamous for long delays between albums, sure has been productive lately. 2007 saw Reznor release the critically acclaimed "Year Zero" and its' follow-up "Year Zero Remixed." In addition, last year Reznor produced Saul Williams' "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust." Now, out of nowhere, with no advance notice, Reznor is back with NIN's sixth album, the instrumental "Ghosts I-IV."

"A soundtrack for daydreams," is how Reznor sums up the new album...and that, I feel, is the best way to appreciate the new NIN. Rather than listening to this album as background music while driving or doing housework, "Ghosts I-IV" is best appreciated with relaxed, yet concentrated listening. Lie in bed or on the sofa, relaxed, and immerse yourself with this CD. Just sort of daydream--meditate, think about whatever...and let "Ghosts I-IV" be the soundtrack...

And as the mood of the album changes, allow your mood to flow with the album...try to get lost in the music.

Some have commented that "Ghosts I-IV" sounds similar in style to the instrumental music from "The Fragile," (1999) but I don't know if it's all that accurate to say that. While the instrumental music from "the Fragile" sort of held the vocal compositions from that CD together like glue, "Ghosts I-IV" is a little more "out there." It can, therefore, be seen as a mosaic--of several different styles--piano compositions, industrial beats, the avant-garde--all mixed together, with no real dominant flavor overpowering the rest. And while the album is all-over-the-place, treading many territories, everything works; "Ghosts I-IV" takes so many twists-and-turns-its always interesting. At the same time, with almost two hours of music to absorb, "Ghosts I-IV" is best appreciated with repeated listens--to fully appreciate all its' rich textures and intricacy.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album; best music since "The Fragile" March 6, 2008
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Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails (they are more or less synonymous) have been on an amazing creative surge that shows no signs of abating. With Teeth marked a decisive turning point away from navel-gazing and outward to social criticism. Year Zero took it even further, coalescing into a conceptual album every bit as fascinating (in its own way) as anything by Pink Floyd. Now...this.

Anyone who has read my other reviews knows my musical tastes run the gamut from Renaissance to Industrial. There are only two kinds of music in my world - good and bad. Still, I never thought I would hear an album that is at once so eclectic and yet so pure in its artistic persuasion as Ghosts I-IV.

How to describe the music? In 36 tightly structured, highly disciplined instrumental tracks, Reznor and company create a vivid soundscape that begins in melancholy, travels through industrial wastelands, and ends in transcendence. It is an epic song cycle without words, as perfectly constructed as anything by Bartok or Berg - but in a set of styles that defy easy categorization. Frequently ambient, often noisy like the best NIN cuts from years past, the sonic tapestry requires many listenings to absorb. There is real, honest-to-God Classical-type form in this work - repeated motifs, variations, developing ideas that morph unexpectedly.

It's a breathtaking work. Some NIN fans will undoubtedly feel left behind. Others will feel like they have suddenly taken a breath of fresh air.

Approaching his mid-forties, clean, sober, and maturing, Trent Reznor has, I think, only begun to truly come into his own as an artist. It's an amazing thing to behold. Spend the five bucks, download some great tunes, and feel the magic.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help end the music industry tyranny! March 3, 2008
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I haven't been anything but a casual fan of NIN since Pretty Hate Machine but wanted to say 2 things. This is an AMAZING collection of art. It is simply ART.

Secondly everyone who has any love for the future of music MUST BUY THIS and help put an end to the current music industry. It is stifling and killing all creativity. Even if you're not a fan of NIN but still believe in freedom of creativity and are fed up with the current state of music...BUY THIS ALBUM. Do your part. This is history in the making and it really will make a difference.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And on the seventh day, He rested. March 11, 2008
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The downward spiral away from music with any semblance of song structure continues. The God of Anger Pop, who once created the singularly perfect musical moment that was Pretty Hate Machine, must have reached his seventh day of creation: for he is clearly resting on Ghosts. This is Reznor on a lazy day, bored with nothing better to do.

Ghosts I-IV is an organized chaos of happy (and angry and sad) accidents. I imagine a herd (or pod?) of Macs and samplers, pots and pans; left to their own devices, could produce something akin to Ghosts if they tried real hard. And I suspect Trent made exactly what he intended to make.

I admit that I'm still a pathetic hold-out waiting for Pretty Hate Machine II - The Revenge. Thus, nothing less will ever truly satisfy. Ghosts is neither fixed nor broken. It's really not that bad, but it's just not that good. And for a small fistful of dollars, I shouldn't complain.

I certainly like the progressive and revolutionary distribution (a la Radiohead's Rainbows) where the evil middle-man record company is kept out of the artist's and fans' relationship. I have to give kudos to NIN for fighting the good fight. So at worst, Ghosts I-IV will take up some precious space on your iPod. At best, it's harmless background noise. NIN Ghosts is a little haunting but definitely not scary.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it
Pretty great music! While I understand it might not be for everyone, if you enjoy Trent Reznor's style and enjoy music with ambiance you will love this CD. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
Some of the best music is from alternative artists, like this one, and are therefore not always forefront in the public eye.
Published 13 days ago by Nick Morgen
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent NIN Album That Defines Reznor's Truest Nature
It is always disappointing hearing people saying, "I wanted 'Pretty Hate Machine - Part II'", and the such. Read more
Published 17 days ago by D Harvell
4.0 out of 5 stars You must be in the right mood for Ghosts - Wanted Album, Am a Curious...
2008 Release 36 Tracks - Wanted to know what this was about. "Curiosity Killed The Cat, but He Died Satisfied" - am glad to have this in my collection, some tracks are more... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tom Roscoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ambient music.
Perfect for low key background music at any get together. Nine Inch Nails rocks, I'm so happy they did an instrumental album.
Published 2 months ago by vbalprownb
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad it was free
just never got me interested. listened once and never again. i can see what he was trying to do, but it just wasnt for me.
Published 3 months ago by David M. Deming
5.0 out of 5 stars Album is great. Look out for warped vinyl.
I'm not writing to review the album, which is one of my favorite ambient albums of all time. I'm writing to warn anyone picking up the vinyl version to make sure their copy isn't... Read more
Published 3 months ago by C. Sparks
2.0 out of 5 stars Great album, bad vinyl
The bass in some of the songs is so heavy it is distorted as the needle jumps and wobbles trying to express the sound. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Unrealitie
5.0 out of 5 stars NIN Mixes
My opinion might be a bit biased because I just love all things NIN but all these mixes are wonderful and you should support such an awesome band.
Published 4 months ago by Dana Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Not Good with Words
I'm not good with words, so I'm not going to try and attempt to tell you what this album sounds like when Trent Reznor already summed it up in four words: "a soundtrack for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ves31996
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