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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: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
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  1. 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.
  2. 100
    Ultimately, all are visions, alternately haunted and comforting. Subtle evolutions in mood and instrumentation come to peaks that are made all the more stunning by their scarcity.
  3. 100
    The biblical book of Hebrews says, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Never has an album expressed this idea clearer than Ghosteen.
  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. Oct 10, 2019
    90
    Ghosteen is a masterpiece of melancholy. You mourn right along with him and hope he finds solace.
  6. 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. Oct 8, 2019
    10
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  2. 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
  3. Oct 4, 2019
    10
    A masterpiece. Phantasmagoric, personal, raw, visionary. An instant classic.
  4. Oct 5, 2019
    10
    I love everything about this album. Cover art, lyrics, poetry, melodies. It is superb.
  5. Oct 5, 2019
    10
    Poignant, Astonishing, Mesmerizing, Hypnotic Masterpiece that evokes more than emotions.
  6. Oct 4, 2019
    10
    Incredible lyrics, a voice richer than ever, this is Nick Cave at his finest.
  7. Oct 6, 2019
    2
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