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Ghosteen

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

2019

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Ghosteen

Rating

2.95

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

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

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Needs help

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

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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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5

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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5

Beautiful. 5 stars

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5

Always brilliant

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5

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

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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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Wonderful

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

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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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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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Angurvær og frekar dramatísk en mjög góð

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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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In the mood to fade away

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4

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

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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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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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Somber album, but very pretty. I thought I'd get bored and I may have if I listened in one sitting, but over a couple sittings, I quite liked it.

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no trap beats

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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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4

Very emotional. A bit of harsh criticism but extremely one paced and maudlin!

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Hier staan wel zulke prachtige nummers op! Messen in m'n hart :)

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Mooi hoor, vooral de eerste paar tracks zijn schitterend. Je moet er wel een beetje voor in de stemming zijn, en erg opbeurend is het allemaal niet, maar zeker de moeite waard!

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8/10 Best song - Bright Horses

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Schönes, atmosphärisches und intensives Album. Besonders emotional, wenn man den Kontext beachtet.

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Really boring. Not my music style.

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I listened to this in the background while i was working and didn't pay loads of attention. However it was soothing with lush instrumentation. I like Nick Cave but not enough to listen to him regularly.

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slow but haunting

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Really awkward experience.

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Weird synthy, religious vibes, very chill

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A bit repetitive.

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Interesting, I do quite like some aspects of it. However it's very sparse and gloomy, so I think I'd have to be in a certain mood to really enjoy it

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Slow, seemed okay, had some moments I liked

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Atmospheric and ethereal

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yeah look, I respect his back catalogue but can only listen in small doses. Some of it is just too depressing and some of it is just rubbish. I did not make it far into this album.

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3

A heartbreaking and intimate album. Feels like it's too private at times and you shouldn't be eavesdropping. I wish I had more context for Nick Cave's sound going in

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Melancholy personified.

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It was okay. Def not my favorite Nick Cave album.

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nice voice, nick

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Cantautor moderno. Tranquilo de escuchar. Buena voz. Sin estridencias

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Wow

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I am casually familiar with Nick Cave and his hauntingly sad vocals, but this album somehow seems even more matched for it than what I've previous heard from their discography. The song crafting on this album is undeniable; each song evokes a deep, emotional story. The ambient music techniques used on this album add to the haunting quality, but also make it a fairly peaceful listen. A very unique, moving album that almost feels as if it was intended to be religious. I admittedly wouldn't be able to listen to this often, but I'm glad for the opportunity to experience this.

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quite beautiful! it was lovely to have on in the background while working. there are some deep songs here, and it's definitely worth a re-listen when i'm not multitasking.

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Goddamn it this album has to come with a trigger warning. This may be the saddest thing I've ever heard. His telling of heart-wrenching stories paired with the melancholy music is too much. And his VOICE. It SOUNDS like he's in pain. Wow. Need a pick me up. I'm putting Graceland on again.

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I never got into Nick Cave. No reason, just didn’t. Yet, having listened to a number of projects highly influenced by his work, I kinda knew what I was getting into, but I didn’t expect to like it quite this much. I found myself hinging on his every word until I realized this was getting in the way of some fascinating and still almost transitory arrangements that can drift by unnoticed (in the best way possible). I adore the purpose in this kind of minimalism, where creative decisions can demand attention as much as they are asking to be ignored. Ghosteen feels very Bowie-esque to me (in particular his later work), the kind of self-aware art rock that’s at its best when it’s fully committing to the concept. Here, a somber, lonely, reflective foray finds moments of peace along the journey, and still I’m wondering wtf happened to this guy? What’s all this introspection about? I can see this maybe like being “his thing” but I’m curious enough to find out. Cool record. 3.5

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It's beautiful and the lyrics are fantastic, especially Bright Horses, but I must admit that I have a hard time sitting through over an hour of this kind of somber, more ambient style music. I've heard the constant praise of Nick Cave but never given him a proper shot before now, but this wasn't the one to transform me into a Cave-stan unfortunately. Far from bad but just didn't fully grab me. I've heard he has more rock-focused music though that I'm looking forward to dive into sometime.

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Beautiful composition and instrumentation. Didn't impress me a ton at first, but after reading some background and listening a second time, the vocal performances and lyrics are pretty devastating. It's not something I'd put on for myself, but a solid record otherwise.

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Really enjoyed it but it became stale quick. May need to listen again and pay closer attention to the lyrics

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Never heard of Nick Cave before starting this project, now I've heard a couple of his albums and I think I'm a fan. Love the sound, style and music. 3/5 for now because I need to hear more of it.

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Very somber and haunting.

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Mooie plaat voor zondagmorgen, maar eigenlijk vind ik Let love In een geslaagder werk van hem.

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Lastig album, mooi maar ook wel langdradig...

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Just not really my style

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Brooding. Reminded me of the fake musical the guy writes in Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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Not stoned enough to enjoy.

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Es ist mir zu ruhig gewesen. Ich mag die Stimme von Nick Cave aber sehr gerne

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Good voice but every song is slow. No variety to keep me interested.

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Did not like much. Some songs have great lyrics, Nick Cave’s chords are moving in Bright Horses, but don’t really enjoy it much even on the second listen

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Meh. Some pretentious shite. Not really interesting listening

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The newest album on our list so far. Appreciate the artistry but didn’t really do anything for me.

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Have to be in the right mood for Nick. I was not in that mood. Noteworthy track: Galleon Ship + Ghosteen Cover art is nice though

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couldn't really get past the singing. Like Timbre TImbre, maybe if i listened more I could get into it.

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Much like some people think cilantro (corriander) tastes like soap, and others don't have an internal voice, I think I was born with something that prevents me from enjoying bands like this, Tom Waits and most of Leonard Cohen's work. The tracks were sleepy and the lyrics felt so packed that their density shrouded their meaning. I'm sure there are millions of people, for whom this is exactly what they are looking for, but I just couldn't connect with it. I couldn't even power through the whole album. I don't know why, but I feel like I'm letting someone down.

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I don’t know how to comment on this. It’s not bad, the music is beautiful it’s just a bit too slow and boring. Maybe in a movie it would fit on the background.

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Overall was an ok album. It felt churchy quite a bit but his voice is very soothing. Don’t no if I would opt to listen to it again

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Not my favorite Nick Cave Album

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Interesting, but too much of a downer

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Very different and unique. As a concept album it's fine, the themes are pretty strong, even if the lyrics themselves are a little too esoteric in an "I'm 14 and this is deep" way. Standout Tracks Bright Horses Hollywood

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Is this new age Christian music? I thought it was all 1 long song. Hollywood was decent

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Wtf serieux j3 comprend pas l'album, cest poetique mais trop c'est comme pas assez 2.5

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Beautifully crafted and ethereal, but to my ears tough going.

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quite dreamlike and peaceful. good music to dissociate to. perfectly produced but by halfway through it had reeeally started to drag on. This album might be better if you classify it as "poetry" rather than "music" I was feeling 3 about halfway through, by the end it was a 2.

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This is so slow and yieldingly bleak sounding that it will require many more - full concentration - listening sessions if I am ever going to have its pleasures revealed to me. Not enough evidence after two listens to say that it will ever merit more than 2.5 stars

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Coveret ser ut som at da blei AI-generert. Føltes ut som at da aldri tok slutt. Begynne å bli klar for nåken effektive album på 35-40 min no

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ganske sutrete, men ikkje på den gode morrissey-måten + for sang om hesta

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Zzzzzzx

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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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A bit slow, maybe too arty for me. Didn't "enjoy" it

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Sorry, Mr. Cave. This one is not for me. The whole album is too slow. Very little variety. A bit too church-like for me as well.

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The album promised a lot at the beginning, but ended up being a very linear and boring album

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Nick je t'en supplie, fais des trucs plus rock il est super chiant ton album

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Poems with muzak

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Not for me

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