Ghosts I-IV

  • Record Label: N/A
  • Release Date: Apr 8, 2008

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 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.
  2. He shows here that he is much more than the swagger and smut of some of his previous releases. He has made it clear to the world that he has real vision and dexterity.
  3. Even if every one of these tracks stands as a formal experiment unto itself, after an hour or two these half-formed ideas begin to bleed indistinctly into each other, evolving into puddles of vaguely ominous aural mush.
  4. Uncut
    Without Reznor's shouting, they're more hypnotic, even, at times, soothing. [June 2008, p.98]
  5. Reznor's own hyperdetailed language defines the set: heaving synthesizers, doleful piano, alien-insect noises.
  6. 80
    A stunning collection of 36 instrumental tracks that is one of the most varied and ambitious releases of Reznor's career. [May 2008, p.104]
  7. At 36 tracks, Ghosts is as impressively ambitious as it is uneven and stunted.
  8. Ghosts I-IV is a clear step forward while still managing to stay true to what NIN traditionally ought to sound like and represent.
  9. Blender
    The album could easily have come from Boards of Canada or any number of downcast groups--if it were shorter. [May 2008, p.78]
  10. This album is surely a success, its just there is a lot of things that a great album like 'My Life in the Bush of The Ghosts' (which Ghosts sincerely seems indebted to) have that are missing here.
  11. It's basically a minimalist record that coasts on one's predilection for NINoise.
  12. Finer minds than mine may find these pieces worthy of continuous attention. I say they're background music, there waiting when your mind drifts speakerward, just distracting enough to change up your mood in a useful way.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 75 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. BobS.
    Apr 16, 2008
    Ghosts is Amazing! Trent is the most vital artist in the music industry today. The man is a f*cking genius!
  2. JimmyR.
    Apr 24, 2008
    This is really different, and that is a good thing.
  3. BradleyH.
    Apr 14, 2008
    I never write reviews and I look at the site daily. I have to state that who ever these music critics are and their opinions and critiques of I never write reviews and I look at the site daily. I have to state that who ever these music critics are and their opinions and critiques of artist work never reflects the true nature of the album being review. Trent Reznor makes art. These critics are writers and perhaps want-to-be musicians. We should all listen to each other when deciding to purchase a record. Who are these critics anyway, what are there qualifications and why do we even care about their opinions. Music is art. Trent Reznor stands alone. Full Review »