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  • Summary: The 17th full-length studio release for Australian rock band is influenced in part by the accidental death of Nick Cave's 15-year old son in 2015 and is considered the third and final part of trilogy of albums that includes 2013's Push the Sky Away and 2016's Skeleton Tree.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Nov 13, 2019
    100
    It can only tower when it comes to naming this decade’s great albums; miles above and light years ahead of anything else.
  2. Oct 7, 2019
    100
    It’s another masterpiece that will forever be enshrined in his ever-growing legacy. Absolute perfection.
  3. Oct 9, 2019
    100
    Yes, it can be painful, but there’s a beautiful catharsis contained within Ghosteen that makes it one of the most essential records of recent times – a lifejacket for anyone surfing that dreadful wave of grief.
  4. Oct 4, 2019
    90
    Ghosteen is not a blissful or comfortable album, but it is a hopeful one. The gaping wound of ‘Skeleton Tree’ is scarring over as Cave pulls away from the past’s savage undertow, content in the knowledge that peace will come. It’s a paean to how all things bright and beautiful can be thrown into blinding relief once you’ve known real darkness, another open letter straight from artist to audience that cuts right to the core of what means to have loved, lost and loved again.
  5. Classic Rock Magazine
    Nov 13, 2019
    90
    A richly imagined widescreen masterpiece that grows deeper and more emotive with each listen, Ghosteen may well prove to be the most ambitious, achingly beautiful, boldly experimental album of cave's career. [Dec 2019, p.83]
  6. Oct 10, 2019
    90
    Ghosteen is an almost supernaturally wonderful record. It is, perhaps, the ultimate Nick Cave album—yet somehow unlike anything he has done before.
  7. Oct 7, 2019
    80
    In the face of enormous loss, Ghosteen finds comfort in what worldly wonders remain. It surely ranks among Cave and company's most ambitious efforts, and maybe among their most affecting, too.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Oct 9, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The perfect conclusion to the 2010s trilogy. Not only is the music superbly calm and eloquent, but the lyrics are some of the most moving of all time. Expand
  2. Oct 31, 2019
    10
    And I thought The Skeleton Key was as perfect as it gets. Cave is like wine, the older the better.
  3. Oct 4, 2019
    10
    A masterpiece. Phantasmagoric, personal, raw, visionary. An instant classic.
  4. Oct 22, 2019
    10
    Una obra maestra, te introduce a un mundo cargado de mucho dolor y con los sentimientos tan aflorados que sientes que su pérdida es parte deUna obra maestra, te introduce a un mundo cargado de mucho dolor y con los sentimientos tan aflorados que sientes que su pérdida es parte de ti, un excelente álbum con lírica sublime y una producción que explora el ambiente, te hace entrar en su mundo Expand
  5. Oct 11, 2019
    10
    I don’t think I’ve listened to an album quite like Ghosteen before. It’s an epic masterpiece of peace and mourning - packaged in a marvelousI don’t think I’ve listened to an album quite like Ghosteen before. It’s an epic masterpiece of peace and mourning - packaged in a marvelous mix of New Age orchestrations and gloomy synth ballads lifted from a Tears for Fears record. It sounds both religious and mystic - images of Medieval cathedrals and enchanted forests come to mind when one becomes lost in this hypnotic opera. Ghosteen is a soothing sonic journey that stirs both the heart and the imagination. Expand
  6. Oct 9, 2019
    10
    Absolute masterpiece. One of the most moving records of all time. A transcendental experience.
  7. Nov 6, 2019
    2
    I get that this is supposed to be an important emotional piece after the death of his son.

    But I can not understand how this is an
    I get that this is supposed to be an important emotional piece after the death of his son.

    But I can not understand how this is an enjoyable listen. This having critical acclaim blows my mind -- it's boring and way too niche a substance.
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