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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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  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
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  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 10, 2019
    90
    Ghosteen is a masterpiece of melancholy. You mourn right along with him and hope he finds solace.
  5. Nov 12, 2019
    90
    The anguish a parent feels for losing their child is harrowing and Ghosteen masterfully captures Cave's grief and spiraling rumination on mortality.
  6. Oct 9, 2019
    88
    At a distance, the album can feel like an ambient mood piece with some pretty moments rising from the mist. Listen closely, however, and something changes. The album becomes a meditation on pain and wonder, an apparent duality that Cave’s narrator turns into an acceptance of what it means to live.
  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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  1. Positive: 39 out of 51
  2. Negative: 6 out of 51
  1. Feb 27, 2020
    10
    Probably the saddest album I've ever heard, and also of the most hopeful. This is the music of a man who managed, somehow, to overcome what noProbably the saddest album I've ever heard, and also of the most hopeful. This is the music of a man who managed, somehow, to overcome what no father should ever have to face.
    This is a true masterpiece of music of any genre.
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  2. Oct 4, 2019
    10
    A masterpiece. Phantasmagoric, personal, raw, visionary. An instant classic.
  3. Nov 12, 2019
    10
    Fortunately only people who experienced the death of one of their children can fully experience the grief and trauma that is exposed in thisFortunately only people who experienced the death of one of their children can fully experience the grief and trauma that is exposed in this masterpiece. Unfortunately I am one of them. I'm deeply grateful to Nick Cave & Warren Ellis for sharing this with the world. 'Hollywood' is an incredible drone-based piece of art! I can't stop listening to it. Expand
  4. Oct 5, 2019
    10
    Hauntingly beautiful, full of hope but also grief.
    The first album is consisted of dissonant landscapes, high-picthed voices and raw lyrics
    Hauntingly beautiful, full of hope but also grief.
    The first album is consisted of dissonant landscapes, high-picthed voices and raw lyrics but there is always hope and belief in the back with a glimmer of faith.
    The second album is the grief of the parents looking for peace of mind and a reason to all this.

    Even if you prefer the more rocky Nick Cave, I think you will still manage to appreciate this album.

    A masterpiece (yet again)
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  5. Nov 9, 2019
    10
    Simply, quite possibly the most perfectly fragile, devastating and hopeful album of the 21st Century. Exquisite in its pain.
  6. Dec 19, 2019
    9
    the thing that i love most about this is the set up and the style of the songwriting itself. It allows you to visualize what you hear and tothe thing that i love most about this is the set up and the style of the songwriting itself. It allows you to visualize what you hear and to see what is going on in the story that is playing out in front of however dark it is. The production as well helps the story move and to help the listener to feel what is happening Expand
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