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This is a really stunning album. Heartbreaking and yet somehow uplifting at the same time. The music is soaring and majestic and the lyrics, even though they're abstract, they paint such evocative pictures. Every time I listen to this, I hear something knew. This album takes a lot out of me emotionally, but it's still a beautiful journey to go on. I wouldn't have missed it for the world.
Reviewed in the United States on November 10, 2019
STUNNING record. mr cave's singing, his lyrics and imagery are masterful, and his wisdom burns through and through. "bright horses" brought me to tears on multiple listens - about a man finding hope in the pure presence he sees in wild animals, allowing him to move past grief in his personal life and regret about the state of the world. multiple amazing songs besides this. a great, clarifying work of art, bravo!
The unanimous rave reviews by music journalists for this new age genre album, read like dispatches straight from yoga mats, or transcripts from therapy sessions with millionaires. They all repeat the well-traveled narrative that Nick Cave recently suffered loss in his personal life, but anyone familiar with his work ethic (down to literally how he dresses, wearing suits like a workerman), knows that the last thing he wants is sympathy to explain the music he delivers.
What we get are long-held chords on vintage synthesizers that might as well have supported science fiction movie soundtracks in the 70s and 80s, more recently revived by hipsters who also ride unicycles and twirl their moustaches. Plus, falsetto singing. Taste, as it still turns out, must answer to objective standards, and this stuff is like clothes cobbled together that make a really bad entrance, and best just to ignore.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds never recovered after Alex Harvey and Blixa Bargeld left. Nick Cave still created brilliant songs after that, but Warren Ellis has been steering this steady decline.
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2019
Nick and his crew just get better with their albums, which seems almost impossible in such a long and celebrated career. Ghosteen is transcendent - one of those magical, mystical pieces of work. Heartbreakingly beautiful songs and deeply atmospheric production with great vocals, melodies and as ever, poetic and thought provoking lyrics.
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2019
I never heard of this guy but I saw this album listed as one of the best albums for the year so I checked it out on amz unlimited. You can let the entire album play! I would have dropped out only one song. The mood is dark and slow and dreamy. This is not high energy rock and roll, you have to be in the mood. I'm tired of all my old mainstream music and just trying to find some stuff that's different. I'm normally a high energy person but I liked this a lot.
Edit: I'm back about a month later: this was the first Nick Cave album I ever heard. Now that I have listened to ALL of his stuff and this is just me but I like the more rock and roll stuff even better like some of the stuff on Let Love In and Grinderman. I did say I'm more of a high energy person. Depends what kind of mood your in.
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