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Ghosteen

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

2019

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Ghosteen
Album Summary

Ghosteen is the seventeenth studio album by the Australian rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. It was released on 4 October 2019 on Ghosteen Ltd and on 8 November 2019 on Bad Seed Ltd, both the band's own imprints. Ghosteen is a double album—the band's first since Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus (2004)—and the final part of a trilogy of albums that includes Push the Sky Away (2013) and Skeleton Tree (2016). Produced by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Ghosteen was written in the aftermath of the death of Cave's son Arthur in 2015. It was recorded primarily in Malibu and West Hollywood, California in the United States, with further sessions in Germany and England. Cave's lyrics, which continue his deviation from his usual narrative-based writing, explore themes of loss, death and existentialism, as well as empathy, faith and optimism. Like Skeleton Tree, the album features extensive use of synthesizers, loops and ambient elements, particularly the minimal use of drums and percussion. Upon its release Ghosteen was met with widespread critical acclaim. It received several perfect scores and is the highest-rated album of 2019—as well as the second-highest-rated album of the 2010s—on Metacritic. The album placed in the top 10 album charts in several countries and was included in several publications' year-end and decade-end lists of best albums. Both European and North American tours in support for Ghosteen were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with all shows rescheduled to later dates in 2021.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

If you’re looking for something fun and upbeat ‘Ghosteen’ isn’t the album for you. It’s the sound of a father’s grief for his dead son. It’s harrowing and unbelievably sad, yet cathartic and…wonderful. Production is minimal and sparse, but immersive and as interesting as any ambient album going around. I suspect that over time and repeated exposure ‘Ghosteen’ will become one of my all-time faves.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
1

Why are there so many Nick Cave albums on this list? This is nearly impossible to listen to.

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Fri May 06 2022
5

Wow. To call this music doesn't do it justice. To call it a work of art doesn't do it justice. The way that the album digs into the depths of grief is so powerful. It's heartbreaking, but in a way that elevates the experience to connect to a deeper humanity. Compared to some of his other work, this takes what's best and leaves what is "Nick Cave."

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Mon Nov 08 2021
5

Brilliant, moving, heart-breaking at points, but also with an eye on recovery and the future. One of the most astounding and memorable pieces of music I have heard in a very long time.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Ouch. This is a heavy album. A beautiful album but really heavy. If you've ever lost someone, it will hurt to listen to. But it's beautiful, and compassionate, and lushly arranged. The 14 minutes of Ghosteen, and the painful wish of Ghosteen Speaks are the highlights, but really, the whole album is one big highlight. I won't listen to it often, it's too painful, but I will love it.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
1

What universe do I have to live in to think this was enjoyable to listen to!?

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Having only listened to one other Nick Cave album (that being Henry's Dream), I wasn't sure what to expect here having heard it goes in a completely new direction. What I ended up finding was a haunting, yet beautiful record dealing with the subjects of life and death, and all that surrounds it. Not something to represent all of his previous work, but a great listen nonetheless. Favorites: "Spinning Song", "Sun Forest", "Ghosteen"

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Album won me over. Really enjoyed the style and weird poetry.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Achingly beautiful, raw in its emotions, the kind of record that stops you in its tracks and demands your attention. Such naked honesty is rare and Cave’s generosity in sharing the processing of his grief will, I sincerely believe, help others dealing with their own. That’s a pretty powerful accomplishment and elevates this album to a considerable work of art.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

A heartbreaking Five-star album from the legendary Nick Cave. And yet, I won't listen to it again anytime soon. I'll rarely put it on even if I want to hear Nick sing. Instant feels but the feels ain't good. This is not a record I enjoy but it's a record whose fragile beauty I recognize.

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Fri Mar 24 2023
5

I previously listened to Nick Cave’s Skeleton Tree in 2016 and it never quite left me. But the grief and heartbreak of that album was always too much for me to return to directly. So I have not since sometime in 2017. Nor have I listened to its follow up and trilogy-ending, double, 2019 album, Ghosteen. Well I’ve re-listened to Skeleton Tree once today. And visited with Ghosteen thrice. When driving around with it on at night, I was best able to experience this album. That is, Cave’s lyrics, emotional journey, and spiritual arcs as an artist and human being who is selflessly sharing his deepest heartbreak with any who will listen. There’s a lot to take in. And that it caps a decade when many other artists seemed to turn inward with equally emotional, heart-wrenchingly personal albums—Mount Eerie, Sufjan Stevens, Japanese Breakfast, and so on—a decade whose collective grief was buoyed by politics and “grand finale-ed” with 2020 and everything after…it makes Ghosteen seem especially potent. Nick Cave feels to me to be the elder statesman of this moment in music. If anyone can be. His trauma is particularly horrific, even, fateful. And his musical interpretation and communication of personal and personal-made-communal grief is lush, complex, and most often beautiful. Where many artists strip away flourishes and non-acoustic sounds for their most intimate albums, Cave seems to layer upwards. What he does strip away is words. Rather than filing his grief through doomed babbling like other searching artists might, he often lets soundscapes and ambience do the speaking for him. Or other musicians and/or singers all together. After all, how can the right words even be found, let alone without the help of others? I don’t know. It also just all seems silly to say anything about this album at all. It’s stunning.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Really good album. Lots of awesome instrumentals and the vocals pair really perfectly to create a fantastical, ethereal experience. Love it.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

First time listen on this one, like Nick and the seeds generally but don't particularly like ambient music. But this is different, had never noticed the link between Cave and another hero of mine Leonard Cohen, but the connections are undeniable on this album. Beautiful songs throughout. Really Liked "Galleon Ship" and "Hollywood" as standout tracks. Amazing that this isn't all about the death of Nick's son Arthur. The songs are so darkly beautiful throughout, his usual collaborator Warren Ellis obviously influential in the Synth accompaniment.

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Thu Apr 20 2023
4

It's like if GY!BE tried to go mainstream. More vocals, and some piano. It tries to be so unbelievably melancholy at points it feels almost corny. With that being said though, it was still a great experience. Would recommend listening to while walking in the rain.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
1

Not good, could not listen, who the hell thinks this is good music.

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Thu Mar 02 2023
5

Always been a big Nick Cave fan (mainly his lyrics). This was hardcore listening particuraly in light of its backstory. It stands up as a testament to grief, loss, love and making peace with trauma. Not something you'd want to listen to reguarly but an increadiblly powerful peice of art that like all great art takes you between darkness and light.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
1

I just don’t get Nick Cave and I just don’t get why so many of his albums are on here. It’s nonsensical poetry that sounds like it was written by an angst 14 year old. This was such a chore and I’m glad it’s over.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
5

A beautiful, haunting album - you can hear everything that's been poured into it and it's heartbreaking.

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

This album was right up my melancholy street. If I didn’t know the story behind the album I still would have rated it high but it definitely adds something more knowing about his son. Everyone deals with grief in their own way and Nick Cave dealt with it by dropping this beauty

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

Tough one to rank. I prefer Cave's rockers to his more somber work, but this is easily his best somber album. Haunting and beautiful.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Oh, a newer Nick Cave album? I’m looking forward to checking this one out. It’s achingly beautiful- I did not know his son died in 2015 a d this is essentially a eulogy to him. So heartbreaking and amazing. Definitely going to get more spins…

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Fri Dec 01 2023
4

A legitimately beautiful, but profoundly sad record.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Ugh so fucking beautiful, I’m a Nick Cave stan now.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
5

🟦 100 🥇 Bright Horses 🥈 Waiting for you 🥉 Ghosteen

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

So here it is sports fans - my first 5 star rating for an album I’ve never heard of before. Admittedly not listened to much Nick Cave at all, but I love his work on The Proposition and his score for The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford is one of my favourite film scores of all time. I could hear bits of his work there in this album - maybe it’s the way he composes music, I dunno. Don’t know enough about music to pinpoint it so I’ll stop there with that bit of expert commentary. First track had me straight away and got me reading up on it. Listening to the rest of the album in the context of his life struck something in me. Apple Music said it’s an album about love, loss and letting go and I think that genuinely comes across. Stunning throughout. Very deep for the start of a New Year but why not? So there ya go - my “5 on a first listen.” Delighted this list got me to listen to this.

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Mon Dec 04 2023
5

I've heard this when it came out and it really is incredible. It' an extremely tough listen with the lyricals seemingly mostly motivated by the death of Nick Cave's kid. While the themes are somber and presented beautifully, the musical experimentation cave and warren ellis have going on here is some of their best. It's a challenging listen but extremely rewarding.

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Thu Dec 28 2023
5

A sparse, poetic and heartbreaking expression of a father's grief. One can only hope the act of making it helped bring some sort of peace to its creator. Rating: 5/5 Playlist track: Ghosteen Speaks Date listened: 27/12/23

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Mon Mar 18 2024
3

It's now almost a rite of passage to mock the fact that Elvis Costello has a bizarrely out-weighted representation on this 1001 list. But at Costello's worst he's at least palatable. ...and so here I was when I initially wrote about how there are (at least!) 4 Nick Cave albums. FOUR - and how at some point you've gotta read the room - I get it, absolutely give us 1 since everyone should hear (almost) everything/everyone once, and if you insist on a 2nd fine but you have to know half the audience is gonna nope right out. Even my favourite artist I'm gonna push 2 on you tops and after that you're on your own to discover more of them. I wrote all this and more (including questions about the album cover) without having yet listened ... ..annnnnd then great: I then read that he wrote this about and for his son who died. So who's the asshole now. Sigh. So. I listened. Here's the amazing and fun thing - it is and was nothing at all like I'd expected (i.e. nothing like the previous 3 of his I've had). The music is actually undeniably ...lovely?? Soaring, sad, dramatic. Almost hints of Brian Eno. His voice is ...emotional and tentative? Sensitive? Of course too often he reminded me of Leonard Cohen whose vocals I can't abide by. But there is definite distinction - this is definitely better in that I feel more emotion (although I'm likely reverse engineering this knowing what I do about his inspiration for the record). In the end maybe a different singer but definitely with the vocals backed off a little in the mix and I could have bumped this to a 4. Still I never expected to give Nick Cave a 3 and will tip my hat to him for a surprising, different, and emotional ambient project. I guess that's the point of this damn thing (I've only said that at least 10 times). TL;DR: Shockingly and unexpectedly different. 7/10 3 stars

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Sun Jan 23 2022
2

Never listened to Nick Cave before. Have heard his name here and there. This was my first time listening. It's okay.. but Scott Walker did it better. I did some research and found that Nick Cave was heavily inspired by Scott Walker and I 100% believe it.

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Thu Apr 18 2024
1

Well, that was absolutely dreadful, and I have no idea as to why “Ghosteen” is even on this list… I’ve seen comments along the lines of “great lyrics” and “subtle instrumentation changes throughout are awesome” and I’m like WTF are they talking about??? I get that this is an authentic album, and was born out of grief – but that alone doesn’t make it awesome… To be honest, it sounded like one long, drawn-out funeral dirge – which is fine if you like that sort of thing… Also saw that this was rated as one of the best albums of 2019, and I’ll stick with my premise that it’s NOT because this was a great album, but because there is a real lack of musical “greatness” today – especially the authentic kind, as compared to what was being produced in the 70’s… Normally, I highlight some of the best songs on the album, but nothing to show for this one… The ONLY song that I bothered to look at title throughout the album, was the last song – “Hollywood”… Not sure if there was a little more in that one, as compared to all of the rest, or after about an hour, I had been completely worn down – but ether way, even that track is nothing to write home about… This was incredibly rough, but I’ll give it a 1, as at least if was authentic…

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

I really liked this for some reason. I thought it was hauntingly mellow for the most part. Another one where it's on track 4 for the second time before I realise it's looped already and I'm listening to the same thing I've already heard. Yeah, really flows well this one.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

wooow prachtig. Dat laatste nummer ook wow wat een trip.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Nick Cave wrote this album after losing his son. It’s beautiful and haunting. I’m glad I happened upon it. Absolutely stunning.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

even when it doesn’t quite work, and sometimes it doesn’t quite work, the ambition and depth of spirit are astonishing

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

Þetta er algjörlega ótrúleg plata. Svo mikil ást, svo mikil sorg og særindi, svo endalaus foss af tilfinningum. Meistaraverk!

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

Ethereal, Calming, Healing and just exactly as what the album cover looks like

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Sun Jan 08 2023
5

Last albums of Nick Cave, after death of son(s) are more intense than ever. Saw him live last June and was one of best 3 concerts ever.

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Wed Feb 08 2023
5

I've listened to this album before, when I was making my way through Rolling Stone's list of the 100 best albums of the 2010's. The first time I listened to it, I had no idea what had gone on in Nick Cave's life leading up to the recording of this album, but it's plain as day that this is the work of someone who's going through an immense amount of pain. Spiritually, it I've listened to this album before, when I was making my way through Rolling Stone's list of the 100 best albums of the 2010's. The first time I listened to it, I had no idea what had gone on in Nick Cave's life leading up to the recording of this album, but it's plain as day that this is the work of someone who's going through an immense amount of pain. Spiritually, it reminds me a lot of the Nick Drake album I listened to several weeks ago (in fact, Spotify launched into a Nick Drake song immediately after this album's last song, as if to say "aww, here you go, you sad little fella"). The stripped down instrumentation and bare-bones production really help the lyrics shine through on this album. Even though the subject matter is crushingly sad, I found this album incredibly beautiful.

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Thu Mar 02 2023
5

I was not emotionally prepared for this album. As always, context is everything, with having teenage kids myself, I can't imagine the desperation of loss and tragedy. Yet, love transcends. 5 heartbroken stars from me.

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Thu Mar 02 2023
5

Powerful stuff, not an easy listen but no less perfect for it

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Fri Mar 03 2023
5

Beautiful and undeniably sad

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Mon Mar 20 2023
5

Heavy, haunting, heartbreaking. It's one thing just to listen to it but even more heartbreaking to understand the background around this record. It's a very beautiful and unique album, but I don't know if I wish to listen to it again for a while. Favourite: Hollywood

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Fri Mar 24 2023
5

This album took a full week to hit me. It’s so, so sad. You can just feel the grief and wonder and anguish in every song, but in particular songs it hits this crescendo, where you know he’s talking about his son. It’s like real grief: on waves between sorrow and anguish and peace and feeling. It took me a while but I started to feel really, really moved by this. I mean, the crescendo track, “Ghosteen,” it got me to cry, I actually rode with it. This album is not for everyone, nor is it for everytime, but you have to just marvel at its sheer intensity, it’s operatic quality, the storytelling that Nick Cave has perfected and is really special at a moment like this. Are there things I would change? Yes, it’s overly long, hard to grasp, the instrumentation is a little too saccharine, too dirge-like for too long. But tell me you’re not grabbed by Nick Cave’s performance, his lyrics. And yes I had to read the lyrics to really, really get it there. I’m so bad of a lyrics person, even Nick Cave needed some translation for my brain. But yeah... I mean, god damn. Probably only listening to this again in the most tender of moments, but you have to respect it. 5/5, if this was staged I would watch the hell out of it and probably weep.

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Mon Mar 27 2023
5

This is a beautiful yet heartbreaking album. It's simultaneously a joy to listen to because of the masterful performance, but a serious downer when you remember what Nick had to go through. It's amazing, it's just not something I can throw on whenever. That doesn't stop it from getting a 5'er.

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Sat May 06 2023
5

Really liked this one thank you nick

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Wed May 24 2023
5

Se on Nick olen kuullut tätä herraa jo aikaisemmin Cave. Se on Elvis referenssi ensimmäisessä biisissä. Se on tuttua vaivalloista laulua.. heh Se on hienoja lyyrikoita joita pitää vähäpätöisinä kun kuullostaa niin ylihienolta.. se on pätkiä lyyrikoita jotka lumoavat.. Se on vain lyriikoita.. ambient vain ja pelkästään kääreinä ympärillä.. Lyriikat vievät ja vetävät.. Näkee oli taide pitänyt saada musiikkimuotoon.. Se ei iske lujaa ja heti.. Pitää rauhoittua ja hyväksyä.. Ei halua hyväksyä, mutta on pakko huomata että se vaikuttaa.. Ihastuu.. Pakostako.. ei....mutta tässä on aika ja paikka ja tarkoitus.. siihen on pakko uskoa.. heittäytyä.. Mutta korkealla tai pitkälle ei tarvitse sillä ilmavirta vetää mukanaan..

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Thu Jun 01 2023
5

Nick Cave is the best songwriter in my opinion and so it's no surprise that I will say only positive things about his albums. 'Ghosteen' is another masterpiece but I understand the scepticism of people who have not much connection to Nick Cave's work. In the grand scheme of the discography of him and his band it's certainly something. Brooding, ambient, some say dark but on other parts quite uplifting. Abstract and challenging. Sometimes I miss more of the band because most of it was made by Nick & Warren Ellis alone. I still recommend everybody to listen to this though.

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Tue Jul 04 2023
5

10/10 calling this “transcendental” would be an understatement Nick Cave has an incredible talent for breaking the barrier between the musician and the listener, and piercing straight into your soul

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Sun Jul 09 2023
5

Not much to say about this album, other than that was an unbelievably sad and beautiful peace of art. Nick Cave just gave the rest of his broken heart back on this record. Amazing stuff. It reminds me, although it's a different genre, of Mastodon's Crack The Skye. Similar emotions evoked from listening to those two albums. Ghosteen jumps on my playlist once in a month, to make myself feel all the sadness in the world.

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Fri Jul 14 2023
5

Jesus this is heavy, I've just read some of the wiki on it and it's got a real heart wrenching back story to it. It's staggeringly beautiful, real minimalistic, but lyrically powerful. You 100% have to be in a certain mood to listen to this

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Fri Jul 21 2023
5

Listened to the first half. It's just gorgeous.

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Fri Jul 28 2023
5

Ich glaub ich hett das Album ohni das Projekt nie gfunde. Au nöd gsuecht. Dennoch bini froh hani das ghört. Sehr guet komponiert. Irgendwie sehr speziell und doch so bekannt. 5 Stern.

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Wed Aug 02 2023
5

Album #: 236 first impressions: Excited to give this album a close listen. I've heard it before and I've heard Nick Cave's other works, at least in part. Nothing really stood out but I know this album has a reputation for being beautiful and unique in his discography. after listening through: I feel a little emotionally destroyed, but also somehow lightened. This album is a really beautiful meditation on loss and grief, and how universal these things are, but how consuming and altering they can be. No, his vocals aren't pretty, but neither are those emotions. The contrast between his voice and the instrumentation is such a good match for trying to describe the contrast between how it feels like your world has ended when you're dealing with death, but how the rest of the world simply...goes on. All the beauty and all the darkness sits together. The lyrics are really beautiful and challenging. And on a personal note, this is my 201st reviewed album and I am feeling ready to continue powering through the other 4/5ths of this list (lol) post-reading reviews/wiki: Seems like my reaction was about on par. recommended for: all of us in this "post-covid" world. we've all been challenged to some degree by this event; many, if not most, of us by death or serious illness, or at least its proximity.

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Thu Aug 10 2023
5

Sat on a train listening to this. It’s been a long week, started at an ungodly hour Monday and I’m hours from home. Nick is in my ears and I’m glad to have him. I can feel myself decompressing, returning to a normalised state. Ghosteen is such a calming album. It has a spiritual feel. Is this Nick Cave finding his way back into the world after the devastating loss of his son. I certainly get that impression. Like the first shoots of spring after a harsh winter, that little glint of colour pointing to optimism and new life. Today Ghosteen has been the perfect travel companion.

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Wed Aug 30 2023
5

This album blew me away. It steps away from Nick Cave’s narrative heavy songwriting style in favor of something that is more focused on creating moods and exploring emotions and existential themes of love and loss. The music itself relies on drones and ambient synths supplemented by strings. This gives the music an ethereal feel and lends extra weight to the lyrics.

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Fri Sep 22 2023
5

The sound of a sorrowful Omen. Beautiful, Haunting, and Surprisingly fresh.

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Mon Oct 30 2023
5

Maybe I'm growing softer as I age, but hearing this four years later, Ghosteen has gripped my heart in a way it didn't the firs time I heard it. The themes of life, death, grief, faith, and acceptance, amongst many others, paint a sorrowful and beautiful picture that brought me to tears at times. *Heard before

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Wed Nov 01 2023
5

It's a very beautiful album. I don't often listen to it because it's so slow and depressing but it is damn good.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
5

5 star Haunting, warm, cold, minimal, beautiful, outstanding. One of the best new discoveries from this list

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

surprisignly really nice, 4.5/5

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Tue Nov 21 2023
5

ayo, first Bad Seeds album, let's go my dudes! (jk I know this is a very sad album) I held off on diving into Nick Cave's discography for so long because I knew there'd be a bunch of his stuff on this list. This is the one I cared about listening to the most, as I've already heard a couple tracks and was taken by the analog synths and emotion involved. Both cinematically grand and painfully intimate. One of the lines that hit the hardest for me was at the end of the title track, where he wearily concludes: "the moon won't get a wink of sleep / if I stay all night and talk" My Nick Cave knowledge now mainly consists of this, that song from Deathly Hallows Pt. 1, & the abrasive Birthday Party record. What an introduction HL: "Hollywood", "Night Raid", "Sun Forest", "Spinning Song", "Galleon Ship", title track

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Thu Dec 07 2023
5

I haven’t been able to give this album the time and space it needs, but I’ve listened enough to get the feels and know it’s very good and I will be playing it again when I have the opportunity. It put me in mind of the Leonard Cohen album earlier; it’s another album that deals with death but with a different take. Listens: 1 Fave Track: Don’t know yet Rating: 5

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Fri Dec 22 2023
5

Beautiful sounding album with enchanting synths and pianos, the lead singer's voice belongs in the Smithsonian.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

I love his voice, his excellent songwriting & the superb musicians he works with. The tribute he sang at Shane MacGowan’s funeral was so moving.

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Tue Feb 06 2024
5

I liked this a lot. Calm and evocative, or something. I don't know all that many adjectives. This is apparently the third in a trilogy for the band, so I guess I should listen to the previous two as well.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
5

Admittedly I only joined the Bad Seeds fan club a few years ago but they seem to be maturing like a fine wine, and this album has a legitimate claim to being their best. I won’t pretend to know what all of Nick’s lyrics are about but there are some devastating lines that cut through, and his poetic imagery really compliments the ethereal, fairytale soundscapes that Warren Ellis helps to create. It’s far more graceful, beautiful and euphoric (or maybe cathartic is a better word here?) than an album about grief has any right to be, really. And then it closes on a song as bleak as Hollywood, suggesting that the grief remains after all, partially or completely unresolved. That jarring change in the bass pattern at 9 minutes in… amazing stuff.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
5

Kenne zwar viel von Nick Cave, aber dieses Album nicht. Und finde es super!

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Sat Feb 10 2024
5

Push the Sky Away is the last Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album I was familiar with. It is an excellent record, but they have so many killer records (basically anything during the period: From Her to Eternity - Let Love in) there is always a better album to get back too. Ghosteen: knowing the back story I understand it is a highly personal album, and that might be one of the reasons I could hardly connect with the record at all initially. The other reason is that most of the tracks at first just sound like (very) sad, slow soundscapes, often with some spoken word / minimal singing over it. It is only until Ghosteen Speaks that things changed a little. A really good song. Leviathan also good and the rest of the album stays on track. In fact, Ghosteen is pretty impressive too, especially after a couple of listens. So, initially, I thought I would probably not listen to it again but during the afternoon I backtracked completely and now believe it is another truly outstanding Nick Cave record.

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Tue Feb 20 2024
5

Grief comes in a myriad of forms. Nick Cave took the more humanistic form in regards to its expression. The sudden, tragic passing of his son in 2015 has colored not only the music made by Nick since but people's views of him as he tapped into the very emotions and thoughts that were deemed unexpected of him. Ghosteen, however unfortunate the situations surrounding it were, could very well be the best work of his long, well-traveled career, which shouldn't be a thing one says in regards to this but it applies. Not a note is wasted, not a word misused as a light is shone ever so beautifully on life, death, grief and all the corners that represents it. Whatever Nick does next, it will be hard to top this. But there's no doubt that he'll find a way.

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Thu Feb 22 2024
5

Absolutely lovely. It’s said that great art comes from great suffering and I’m sad that such a beautiful album wouldn’t exist without such pain. Definitely one to revisit.

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Thu Feb 22 2024
5

Profoundly moving. Really quite amazing.

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Fri Feb 23 2024
5

It is so painful and emphatic, never heard so sadly music, but it is great!

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

“I am here and you are where you are.” Should have picked a different time to be cutting onions.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

I think it was good to be forced to listen to Ghosteen again, because it really is one of the most beautiful records ever made. It's just much too depressing to listen to on a regular basis.

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Mon Mar 04 2024
5

Prior to starting this journey of 1001 albums, I held no expectations that I would give a first time listen all five stars. I must give five stars to Ghosteen. Only Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush move me such as this music.

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Fri Mar 29 2024
5

My favourite album from Nick Cave, can't stop listening in loop waiting for you.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
5

Nick Cave has a knack for writing albums that tip me into a different (parallel? complementary? contrasting?) emotional space. I love his songs individually, but I do struggle with listening to a whole album in one go because of this. This album is particularly haunting, knowing that it was part of Nick's processing of his son's death. It's a beautifully produced sparse soundscape that swells and ebbs in an emotional flow. So, while I am giving it 5 stars for its musical ambition (and the fulfilment of), I'm unlikely to listen to it regularly at this point in my life. I hope I never find occasion to need this to speak to my soul 🧡

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Thu Apr 04 2024
5

Hauntingly beautiful. And with reason. Nick Cave poors his grief out in this tribute to his son. I'm not one to be emotionally sucked in by music but this album tears me apart. 5/5.

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Thu Apr 11 2024
5

He strikes me as an Australian Leonard Cohen. Interesting and intriguing.

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Thu Apr 25 2024
5

Damn. I guess I'm a Nick Cave fan. Got a lot of catching up to do — he's got like 250 albums. Yeah, this is long. But I sank into the sonic sea and was mesmerized by Cave's haunting moan.

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Thu May 16 2024
5

Very sad, but very good. Knowing this is about grief after the death of Nick's son really helped open up this album for me. It's a cathartic listen yet also heartbreaking.

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Sun Jun 02 2024
5

If you're ever wondering why Nick Cave has so many albums, and ask why one from 2019 is on the list, all it takes is one listen to understand why. Haunting, haunting record. Heart breaking every step of the way. Proving without a shadow of a doubt how great Nick Cave is as a songwriter. Multiple times throughout the album I nearly cried (title track got the closest). This record is phenomenal and a true instant modern classic

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Sun Jun 02 2024
5

This is my 9th album. I saw the beautiful, breathtaking cover and already knew I would give 5 stars, but listening to it felt nice again. I will probably give every Nick Cave album here 5 stars, because they're all amazing. Nick Cave is a poet, a God and overall someone who understands grief, sadness and love at suc a deep level. Ghosteen is for some people his best -or one of- work. I understand that, though I disagree. Bright Horses is monumental and beautiful, like the Colosseum in Rome or so, but the rest of the album does not have a standout song in my opinion. With more easygoing songs, I would give this album probably 6 stars, but it's not an easy one to listen to, partially due to the length. 5 stars. And I recommend listening to Bright Horses to everyone here.

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

Very insightful and meditative, great minimalistic sound. Good inclusion for 2019. Already 2 albums from last update!

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Niemals hätte ich dieses Album ganz durchgehört normalerweise. Aber es hat mich während der Eintönigkeit der Arbeit extrem in seinen hypnotischen Bann gezogen und teilweise sogar emotional berührt. Ich mochte die Verbindung aus gesprochener Lyrik, dramatisch gesungenen Passagen und dem experimentellen Einsatz der Instrumente. Wahnsinnig gut produziert, ABER: Kein Album für jeden Tag. Das muss einen in der richtigen Stimmung treffen.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

The instrumentals are beautiful. I sort of wish that this album was fully instrumental, and that the lyrics were just some poems to be read at your own pace while listening or something. At the beginning I was like "Ugh, I don't want to listen to this slow boring music for an hour", but it really won me over.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Angurvær og frekar dramatísk en mjög góð

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

I'd heard lots of praise for this in recent years and it was pretty good. Will definitely be spinning again. Very synth heavy in places and it's almost like a post-rock album at times

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

Really liked the sound they came up with. Very cohesive.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Phew. That was surprisingly heavy. And really really good. Very far from the stylistic vibe I expected from Nick Cave.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Nick Cave is an artist who I think has never really missed, but I’ll admit that I was surprised that this was chosen for this collection. It kind of stinks of recency bias, especially if the (imo) stronger and tighter Skeleton Tree isn’t here as well. But this is another good one obviously, and it has Cave’s traditionally exceptional hook for melody and haunting beauty. But the production is a little hollow at the same time. Again, I think Skeleton Key did everything better, but I still have a good time with this. B

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