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.Wikipedia
Why are there so many Nick Cave albums on this list? This is nearly impossible to listen to.
What universe do I have to live in to think this was enjoyable to listen to!?
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.
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.
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"
Not good, could not listen, who the hell thinks this is good music.
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."
Really good album. Lots of awesome instrumentals and the vocals pair really perfectly to create a fantastical, ethereal experience. Love it.
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.
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.
Album won me over. Really enjoyed the style and weird poetry.
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.
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.
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.
Poems with muzak
Beautiful. 5 stars
Ugh so fucking beautiful, I’m a Nick Cave stan now.
🟦 100 🥇 Bright Horses 🥈 Waiting for you 🥉 Ghosteen
A beautiful, haunting album - you can hear everything that's been poured into it and it's heartbreaking.
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.
wooow prachtig. Dat laatste nummer ook wow wat een trip.
Nick Cave wrote this album after losing his son. It’s beautiful and haunting. I’m glad I happened upon it. Absolutely stunning.
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.
even when it doesn’t quite work, and sometimes it doesn’t quite work, the ambition and depth of spirit are astonishing
Þetta er algjörlega ótrúleg plata. Svo mikil ást, svo mikil sorg og særindi, svo endalaus foss af tilfinningum. Meistaraverk!
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.
Very insightful and meditative, great minimalistic sound. Good inclusion for 2019. Already 2 albums from last update!
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.
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.
Angurvær og frekar dramatísk en mjög góð
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
In the mood to fade away
Really liked the sound they came up with. Very cohesive.
Phew. That was surprisingly heavy. And really really good. Very far from the stylistic vibe I expected from Nick Cave.
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
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.
no trap beats
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…
Very emotional. A bit of harsh criticism but extremely one paced and maudlin!
Hier staan wel zulke prachtige nummers op! Messen in m'n hart :)
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!
8/10 Best song - Bright Horses
Schönes, atmosphärisches und intensives Album. Besonders emotional, wenn man den Kontext beachtet.
Nick Cave is up there with Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen as the great story tellers of rock n roll.
Ja bi to zvao trilogija. Push the Sky Away - Skeleton Tree - Ghosteen, dakle meni najdraža era Nick Cavea. Najtužnija, ali koliko je tužno - toliko je lijepo. Bio sam 2019. na njihovom koncertu, čuo sam predivne pjesme sa PtSA i Skeleton Tree, i sada se nadam da ću neke pjesme i s ovog albuma čut tipa: Bright Horses, Night Raid, Spinning Song, Sun Forest (najdivniji naziv) zapravo može i cijela A strana.
Volim ovaj album. Jedan od onih koji me asocira na jedan životni period.
Grim, gorgeous and powerful. Stylewise, it’s art song in the mode of John Cale, with Leonard Cohen gravitas, and some vague echoes (for me) of The Final Cut. Hard to imagine what he would have been dealing with emotionally. 4.1 > 4
Haunting and haunted. Hard to imagine a more intense process of turning grief into art.
Having not been bothered by Nick Cave's output post '97, I had never listened to a single not off this. I was actually pleasantly surprised. It is the most focused I have heard Nick Cave since the Good Son. There are some nice subtle elements on here, Warren Ellis managing to accompany rather than dominate the sound. The only negative is I found it a bit over long especially the last track that felt like an afterthought rather than the epic it wanted to be
Nick Cave is a story teller seemingly out of time. His lyrics are sooooo cryptic. "And I slid my little songs out from under you" is a good line. This is a concept album that has well and truely flown right over my head. I like Nick Cave's voice and the way he delivers his words. will have to come back to.
I like Nick Cave a lot but this was (perhaps understandably) a bit one note, and I think you probably have to be in exactly the right frame of mind to be receptive to it. Having said that, though, it's still evidently a strong album. I look forwards to listening to it again when I'm in the right mood! Fave track - "Ghosteen Speaks", I think. "Fireflies" and "Hollywood" were also good...
There has been a vinyl copy of this in our house for a few years but I've never gotten around to actually listening to it. Not sure why. Have listened to (and enjoyed) 'Carnage' a lot. (Also can't believe Skeleton Key was six years ago). I don't know what other NC records are in this list but even without listening to it, I didn't have it down as an 'Essential". I guess it's another from his 'New Age' period. The period where the Bad Seeds just seem to be a bit superfluous. Still good.
Prachtig, zeker nu we hem live hebben gezien. Bright horses hits different. Ook dikke SO naar de album cover, vibeke!
magisch, maar live is het net dat extra
Somber and delicate, moody in a good way.
I rolled my eyes at getting yet another Nick Cave album, especially one so recent. It's his Blackstar/Time Out of Mind, and though he has a tendency to disappear up his own asshole, there's some really beautiful stuff here. Best track: Bright Horses
Weird good listen
I nice introduction to Nike Cave, who I'd somehow mostly avoided to this point. 4/5
Damn, Nick Cave's voice is really rough, but in a good way. What a sad fucking album, not sure what to make of it. Love the shivers in Nick Cave's voice. The sonic landscape and ideas are so interesting. I can't get over it. It's definitely a 5/5 in certain moods.
A big ambitious album, and it's absolutely beautiful.
I think I've reviewed 4 Nick Cave albums and each has been better than the last (not hard to improve on The Birthday Party!). Abattoir Blues is very strong and rockier, but Ghosteen is beautiful, poetic and the subdued almost Bowie/Eno Low-style synths really emphasise the lyrics. So hard to comprehend the pain and sadness of losing a child, but also a strange coincidence that most was written before Nick Cave's son died. A true auteur.
Flink musiker han nick
This was really pretty from Nick, not what I expected.
Haunting. Echoes of Leonard Cohen.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are one of those groups that I've heard about a lot but never actually heard. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I was not expecting this. It's really good. It develops slowly, but has a lot of emotional weight to it. Everything fits together beautifully, and the vocal harmonies are a perfect compliment to the voice of Nick Cave, which always feels like it's on the verge of breaking, but it never does 4/5
This is a remarkable album. Powerful, haunting, emotional music. It’s definitely a heavy listen and I would only play it when I’m in a proper frame of mind. So much respect for artists that can switch up their work like this. And what a gorgeous lush album cover also!
It’s surprising that this was the most critically acclaimed album of 2019, because I always scour the year-end critics’ lists and I would have remembered seeing Nick Cave. The sparse, electronic sound is different and I wonder how the Bad Seeds adapted to playing in that style, but they’d been heading in a mellower direction for a few years, I guess. The sad, moody feel becomes monotonous after a while, especially for a double CD, but then Nick picks it up a bit with his falsetto singing in the last 3 minutes of the last song. I’ll give this the score I expect I'll give it after repeated listening. Plus, I thoroughly enjoyed the “Nick Cave Radio” songs that Spotify sent me afterwards.
Ghosteen is a double album and the 17th album by Australian rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. It's an ambient electronic album - like their previous album Skeleton Tree - which includes minimal drums or percussion and much use of synths and string or choral loops. Ghosteen is marred by death and you can hear this in the lyrics as well as some of the somber sounds. During recording of this album their keyboardist Conway Savage died of a brain tumor, and singer Nick Cave's 15-year-old son had died from an accident in mid-2015 during the recording of Skeleton Tree, but that album had almost been completed so instead Ghosteen's title and theme were based on metaphysical conversations with his son. This was a beautiful, award-winning, critically acclaimed, and chart-topping album. I can't believe I never heard of this album or its songs. This is a highly recommended album from the list of albums I have listened to recently from this 1000 albums journey.
Really boring. Not my music style.
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.
slow but haunting
Really awkward experience.
Weird synthy, religious vibes, very chill
A bit repetitive.
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
Slow, seemed okay, had some moments I liked
Atmospheric and ethereal
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.
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
It was okay. Def not my favorite Nick Cave album.
nice voice, nick
Cantautor moderno. Tranquilo de escuchar. Buena voz. Sin estridencias
I like Nick Cave. I really love Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus - one of my favorite albums. And I also really liked the Grinderman albums and Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! - great stuff. But he kinda lost me after that. Push the Sky Away was ok but with every subsequent release his records seem to get slower and more ambient. This is not terrible by any means. He's still got a cool voice and the music is interesting and haunting. With enough listens and the right mind space I could see myself really getting into this record. But I'm rarely in the mind space for this kind of haunting/depressing music. I often listen to music while working and this music just kind fades into the background for me. I think this is the kind of music that demands more from the listener.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Really enjoyed it but it became stale quick. May need to listen again and pay closer attention to the lyrics
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.
Very somber and haunting.
Mooie plaat voor zondagmorgen, maar eigenlijk vind ik Let love In een geslaagder werk van hem.
Lastig album, mooi maar ook wel langdradig...
This was a tough listen.
According to Wiki this album was pretty hyped three years ago. As I hardly listen to contemporary music, I haven't heard of it before. The individual tracks sound quite good in themselves, but they're not really engaging enough to fully capture my interest.
Often beautiful, haunting ambient music, but really not enough that actually engaged me.
like dark for my taste
We'll executed but it's just not quite my thing. I did enjoy some of the melodies though.
Only familiar with Nick Cave via "Red Right Hand" from Peaky Blinders. First 2 songs are way more ethereal than expected, but given the album cover maybe I should have expected that. A lot of the songs have an almost ambient quality to them and with Nick Cave's powerful voice I didn't see how a whole album could work like this but it's good. Not so much "listen to these songs in your free time" type music but as a project itself the album is enjoyable.
I really enjoyed the ambient sounds on this record. I'm sure a lot of the meaning and depth behind the album are held in the lyrics, but it lost me at some point, and I was satisfied by the music. Nice listen
Good album, but not Nick Cave’s best, in my opinion.
A fitting ambient album about losing your son. It's also very peaceful as well despite Nick Cave clearly mourning throughout. Repeated listening is unlikely though.
Not for me.
Hauntingly beautiful album. Enjoyed listening through as a whole.
Too sullen and slow for me, but I understand Nick has suffered immense loss and grief so it is to be expected.
Wow, beautiful. Like to hear more of it.
Probablement celui j'ai le plus aimé de lui à date à cause du gros côté ambiant
Wow a 2019 album! Probably the most modern one I've gotten so far. I didn't realize this list had been updated so recently. I like some Nick Cave &co stuff but haven't listened to this one yet. Had a listen to this while playing a computer game, it's very well produced and emotional, but it just didn't do much for me. I hope I never go through a point in my life where I relate to this.
Goddddd. Would you stop banging on about your dead son? Jeez
Pretty dark affair, although not unexpected from Nick Cave. Missing some of the swagger and verve of some of his other stuff, this felt all too introspective and didn't really get going.
It's the weekend and my cheerfulness kept stopping me from getting into this album. I'll have to take it out again on a rainy Monday.
Just not really my style
Brooding. Reminded me of the fake musical the guy writes in Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Not stoned enough to enjoy.
Es ist mir zu ruhig gewesen. Ich mag die Stimme von Nick Cave aber sehr gerne
Good voice but every song is slow. No variety to keep me interested.
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
Meh. Some pretentious shite. Not really interesting listening
The newest album on our list so far. Appreciate the artistry but didn’t really do anything for me.
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
couldn't really get past the singing. Like Timbre TImbre, maybe if i listened more I could get into it.
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.
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.
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
Not my favorite Nick Cave Album
Im a fan of some of Nick's work butthis is just depressing and he barely gets out of spoken word.
Interesting, but too much of a downer
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
Is this new age Christian music? I thought it was all 1 long song. Hollywood was decent
Wtf serieux j3 comprend pas l'album, cest poetique mais trop c'est comme pas assez 2.5
Beautifully crafted and ethereal, but to my ears tough going.
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.
I'm sure he is a genius, but not to me. Can't make it through any of this stuff
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
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
ganske sutrete, men ikkje på den gode morrissey-måten + for sang om hesta
Really? Of all the Nick Cave albums?? Very sorry for his loss, but this may be my least favorite of his mightily impressive oeuvre.
Does this really need to be on here?… The album opens with spinning song It is a spoken word track over a droning electronic noise, certainly interesting and a good choice for track one but it ain’t a favourite. I thought nick cave done a little bit of singing and not just talking? Well guess I’am wrong as bright horses is just like the first sonic but with backing singers and good ambient piano work. Okay the album’s evolved a little bit as waiting for you has cave singing and I know he’s not the best vocalist but this was a nice thing to hear. The piano in this track is also more frequent so I hope that occurs more with time. Night raid is a step back in quality in my opinion as he’s gone back to just talking at your ears ( well, for the most part) and it’s backed by an instrumental akin to if Radiohead’s treefingers was slightly more rhythmic actually the only pleasantry from this song are the backing singers so yeah not my cuppa tea so far. Surprisingly, I actually really like sun forest it contains a mix of cave speaking and singing over one of the best ambient noises I’ve ever herd but that noise only works across its time length because of the piano. The last minute seems to be like a hidden track of sorts and It just adds nothing. Galleon ship is also one of the better songs, it’s a slightly darker and gloomier song with probably the most singing from cave in the whole album. The creepy backing vocals also add a touch of greatness missing from the album. Ghosteen speaks has another set of the best instrumentals in the whole album and cave is singing which is good but it’s just too repetitive and being ambient music that isn’t really meant as much for the foreground of the mind this music is getting repetitive. The first act of the album ends with leviathan another repetitive one but still one of the albums best songs by a country mile having a sound akin to being submerged in the deep blue sea. Ghosteen would be the album’s best song if it wasn’t for the 12:10 time stamp that isn’t really filled with much. But it’s good background music. And Nick went back to just talking as now for one of the worst songs on the album, fireflies it’s just boring and feels longer than the two overblown epics either side of it. Hollywood is a 14 minute long epic and a grand/ satisfying conclusion to the album this song isn’t one of my favourites due to the time length but for people who are good with long pieces like this there is something to really enjoy! This album reminds me of if Radiohead's kid A was long, dragged out and sung by nick cave; where’s my red right hand at? Oh yeah the album with that song wasn’t even in the book.
The album is certainly interesting, but is it really one of the albums I must listen to before I die?
This album demands your full attention. I didn't quite follow the full story. It's all or nothing - I couldn't make that full commitment. The melancholy didn't do much for my mood.
In all of my mis-spent youth listening avidly to Birthday Party, I never imagined there would be such a thing as a Nick Cave ambient album. I didn’t mind this, and probably should have focused more on the lyrics, but I just let it all wash over me. Nothing really jumped out, sadly. Wasn’t terrible, but it’s no ‘Sonny’s Burning’.
Initially, I was upset about another Nick Cave album. Then the music started and it was not great. Still, I kept listening and somewhere, somehow, I started liking it. It is deep and emotional and beautiful. But still does this list need another Nick Cave album?
Rather dull, seemed very rambly without much sense of direction. I appreciate the album came about due to bereavement, but it's not an record I could get along with
This must be what taking a fist full of quaaludes is like. And the description that this is a double album with part two being two songs and spoken word. Oooff.
Yksi hetki päivässä tätä jaksaa kuunnella ja se on nukkumaanmenon aikaan
Muutaman biisin kerta-annoksina voisi toimia ja olla tunnelmallista, mutta pitkäsoittona käy kovin tylsäksi ei fanin korvissa. Toimisi livenä varmasti paremmin kuin konttorirotan kuulokkeista.
I just struggled with this. Lyrically I didn't connect.
This album is a strange one to me. It is very obvious why it's made the list: the music is objectively beautiful and extremely well produced. But for some reason, I'm not enjoying it? It almost feels like an AI reproduction of all the things that it takes to make a beautiful album, but it cannot produce the feeling and emotion that goes into it. None of the tracks stood out to me in a way to have me pick a favorite one.
Meditation sounds with the voice of Nick Cave of them. Each of them ok, however I don't really understand why this is in the list. Bored to sleep while listening...
Not what I’d pick as a good Nick Cave album.
My initial reaction to opening the Wiki was "What the Fuck Rob Dimery, an Electronic album from 2019 has zero place on this list" My sentiment remains similar, I think there are much better albums from the era that could take its place. It is not another horrible electronic album. It certainly leans more towards the Ambient genre it is listed as. The first three tracks are actually very good. It gets a little more forgettable after that. Didn't dislike the album, just not something that is a must listen. Especially considering he has four more albums on this list.
I had a hard time listening to this one. I can feel the anguish here, and I did not enjoy this. It was too one-note for me, but I can appreciate what's happening here. 2/5
2.8 - It feels like consoling someone you don't know very well, maybe a distant relative at a funeral, or a roommate that just got broken up with. Being a decent person you offer a tentative hug hoping it'll be brief. But as you wrap your arms around them, they collapse into you, slobbering and blubbering onto your shoulder, clinging to your back. Inside you're searching for empathy but you're desperately anxious to escape. When it's all finally over, you chastise yourself for not being kinder and more understanding. That guilt nibbles away at your soul for the rest of the day.
Not my thing. Never understood the appeal of Nick Cave.
Can't imagine how tough it must be
Writing this review feels a bit like listening to this album... let's just get this over with. In general, I don't like Nick Cave's music. This album comes in at a solid 2.5 stars. Much of the music was okay and would have been good material to play at work to drown out the noise around me without distracting me from my job. The often spoken lyrics are a drag, and I don't know what Cave is trying to get at. The album was consistent, but I don't know why Cave would make a whole album of this. I thought about rounding up to three stars, but when it comes down to it my recommendation to others would be to skip this album. There's so much other stuff out there, why waste time with mediocrity?
Youve really gotta be in the right mood for it
A bit slow, maybe too arty for me. Didn't "enjoy" it
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.
The album promised a lot at the beginning, but ended up being a very linear and boring album
Nick je t'en supplie, fais des trucs plus rock il est super chiant ton album
Not for me
What even is this? The lyrics are fantastic, but this is just way too nebulous to enjoy.
It's not the kind of music I like.
Like wtf, no way this is one of the 1001 albums you MUST listen to.... from what I can see, this band's best albums were in the 90s, this is a 2019 album... and you are trying to tell me it's a classic, a quintessential album. What the fuck is this list.
Dude sucks bad. Not sure how him or Waits have a career.
Trying to keep an open mind on this one.. haven’t heard of this album even though it’s recent. Happy at least new albums are included. The spinning song- this song was just bizarre to me. Lyrics meh but outro was okay. Bright horses- simple but effective instrumental, just Sean really resonate as I don’t really have an experience with grief that way Waiting for you- actually sounds like a song, pretty good👍 Night raid- interesting instrumental but v strange metaphor Sun forest- actually just lofi ambient music to start the song lol. Meh other than that Galleon ship- interesting enough instrumental to support lyrics 👍 Ghosteen speaks-snorefest tbh Leviathan- this one is hard to listen to Ghosteen- 12 mins 🙃bridge is fantastic, but there is a whole lot of slog Fireflies- nick cave doesnt know what a photon is. Think lyrics are pretty good, but you’re just speaking them my dude Hollywood- 14 mins. V long, kisa story baffling This album is the first one where I had to do something else also for the sake of my sanity. Just not for me, I can’t relate to the grief. I don’t think for me the lyrics and the music caught me enough to truly connect me. Sure this is a good album, but I don’t have a discerning ear. 1/5
Slow, quiet, background music. Every track sounded the same. "Singing" isn't very enjoyable. Basically poetry spoken over music.
Not sure what he was going for here, unless it was for something awful. If that was the intent, congrats. Challenging to even get through the whole thing.
Nick Cave once came at me with a knife at my daughter's birthday party. He ruined the whole day. I'll never listen to his music.
so the last nick cave album we had was some dirty grungy tunes with swagger and a snarl. thats the good nick cave. this isn't. the fact this album is about something so tragic makes it even harder to listen to. i can't actually think of a scenario where i would actively choose to dive in to the misery that is this album. anyone who does choose to listen to this album is a fucking pervert.
Oh fuck off. So much fucking Nick Cave, none of it that I actually ever want to hear. 1/5.