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Ghosts I - IV

Nine Inch NailsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)

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listen  1. 01 Ghosts I 2:48Album Only
listen  2. 02 Ghosts I 3:16Album Only
listen  3. 03 Ghosts I 3:51Album Only
listen  4. 04 Ghosts I 2:13Album Only
listen  5. 05 Ghosts I 2:51Album Only
listen  6. 06 Ghosts I 4:18Album Only
listen  7. 07 Ghosts I 2:00Album Only
listen  8. 08 Ghosts I 2:56Album Only
listen  9. 09 Ghosts I 2:47Album Only
listen10. 10 Ghosts II 2:42Album Only
listen11. 11 Ghosts II 2:17Album Only
listen12. 12 Ghosts II 2:17Album Only
listen13. 13 Ghosts II 3:13Album Only
listen14. 14 Ghosts II 3:05Album Only
listen15. 15 Ghosts II 1:53Album Only
listen16. 16 Ghosts II 2:30Album Only
listen17. 17 Ghosts II 2:13Album Only
listen18. 18 Ghosts II 5:22Album Only
listen19. 19 Ghosts III 2:11Album Only
listen20. 20 Ghosts III 3:39Album Only
listen21. 21 Ghosts III 2:54Album Only
listen22. 22 Ghosts III 2:31Album Only
listen23. 23 Ghosts III 2:43Album Only
listen24. 24 Ghosts III 2:39Album Only
listen25. 25 Ghosts III 1:58Album Only
listen26. 26 Ghosts III 2:25Album Only
listen27. 27 Ghosts III 2:51Album Only
listen28. 28 Ghosts IV 5:22Album Only
listen29. 29 Ghosts IV 2:54Album Only
listen30. 30 Ghosts IV 2:58Album Only
listen31. 31 Ghosts IV 2:25Album Only
listen32. 32 Ghosts IV 4:25Album Only
listen33. 33 Ghosts IV 4:01Album Only
listen34. 34 Ghosts IV 5:52Album Only
listen35. 35 Ghosts IV 3:29Album Only
listen36. 36 Ghosts IV 2:19Album Only

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  • Audio CD (April 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: The Null Corporation
  • ASIN: B0015FQZ94
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Two CD set by Nine Inch Nails of their 2008 release, Ghosts I - IV, a 36 track instrumental collection. Almost two hours of music composed and recorded over an intense ten week period in the fall of 2007. Ghosts I - IV sprawls Nine Inch Nails across a variety of new terrain.

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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A soundtrack for daydreams March 14, 2008
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
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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140 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon forgot to include the 40 page PDF booklet March 2, 2008
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What a diverse album! Amazon didn't include the PDF with the download, but you can get it directly from -- [...]
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25 of 26 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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars And on the seventh day, He rested April 10, 2008
Format:Audio CD
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars As with most of NIN music there is so much going on behind what's up...
I am at a loss of words on how to rate this. Please, headphones only. As with most of NIN music there is so much going on behind what's up front that you will miss the nuances that... Read more
Published 17 days ago by George Grusnis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 23 days ago by kristine
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
Ghosts is enjoyable background music.
Published 2 months ago by h2_200161813
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like NiN only
Only if you want a bunch of vague background Reznor stuff should you buy this album. It never attains the heights, or even the foothills, of some of Reznor's aggressive tunes... Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. Cue.
5.0 out of 5 stars Trents Darkest
I extracted 1-2-4-5-12-17-18-25-28-30-31-32-34-35-36 and burned to one disc. I ditched the noisy and/or sappy parts (not that they were bad mind you) just to keep it darker and in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Steven A. Bassett Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Haunting
I have always loved NIN. Despite Reznor’s incredible vocals and lyrics, some of my favorite pieces are purely instrumental. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is the most experimental album from Trent Reznor is a great instrumental masterpiece, loved both discs, its also great that it includes one track from the social network... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Héctor
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 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months ago by D Harvell
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Nin Ghosts I - IV how does it place in TR's production?
I don't think this album is meant to compare to the other ones. The point of Ghosts I-IV was to release whatever came out of Trent's musical brainstorming without any tweaking. The result was this myriad of soundbites. I love it, but I don't think this is a permanent shift in direction for... Read More
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