Ghosts I-IV - Nine Inch Nails
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  • Summary: Nine Inch Nails releases a mostly instrumental album, with some tracks falling under the Creative Commons License instead of being copyrighted.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 80
    Without Reznor's shouting, they're more hypnotic, even, at times, soothing. [June 2008, p.98]
  4. It's basically a minimalist record that coasts on one's predilection for NINoise.
  5. At 36 tracks, Ghosts is as impressively ambitious as it is uneven and stunted.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Apr 26, 2011
    People who can't appreciate ambient music... Well, they can't appreciate ambient music. This is a terrific album, with relatively no flaws. No complaints. None. Expand
  2. Feb 24, 2014
    Just awesome sauce and not 150 characters long oh my r r r Expand

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