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2.0 out of 5 stars Even further down the spiral, 24 July 2008
This review is from: Ghosts I-IV (Audio CD)
After great anticipation of this supposedly "important" release from Trent Reznor I can honestly say that Ghosts 1-4 is far from the masterpiece many fans are hailing it as.

I've been a Nails fan since Pretty Hate Machine in the early nineties and have admired Reznors collaborations and musical experimentation, but this just seems like a rush job, even though he's known to be one of the most methodical perfectionists in the industry.
Far from this being a 'soundtrack for daydreams', if your daydreams are as erratic as this then i'd suggest swift medical help. It lurches from lazy mechanical durges to off key piano akin to a Les Dawson sketch.

With little of his trademark industrial power riffs and certainly nothing remotely close to the atmospheric instrumentals he's created for movies like Natural Born Killers and Lost Highway, this double disc seems as bland as water and it's hard to understand how any of this could've stirred him into believing in it.

If this is Nine Inch Nails all grown up then i'd certainly prefer a trip down memory lane rather than sit through this monotonous and disappointing effort.
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Initial post: 25 Jul 2008 01:42:15 BDT
M. Faulkner says:
But that's the point of his music; it represents the changes in his life.

What this album signifies to me is Trent's undying love for music creation. Sure, it's not his greatest work; but it pleases me to know that he was so excited about creating this music with the rest of the band... and more importantly, under live circumstances. Sometimes we can get carried away in music creation; and this is probably a selection from umpteen tracks they created; but would you prefer that he sit back and try and scrawl out another 'Wish' or 'Closer'?

This album is another permutation of Trent's musical existence. And if he's carries on pulling new ideas out of his hat until he decides to no longer, then no matter how good or bad they are, I'm there to support him.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Aug 2008 16:14:54 BDT
J. Webb says:
Stuart, the whole point was it was experimental and instant. A quick mucking about with ideas, not meant to be a hits album or a masterpiece like The Fragile. It was an excercise in playing with sound and capturing everything, throwing nothing away, not over-producing. Go get Year Zero or The Slip for a 'proper' album, sure, but this does have it's place and to write it off as you do is missing the point.

Also, it was initially released as a $5 download release. I know several people who were disappointed after shelling out full CD price for the physical release and can sympathise to a degree if they thought it was a 'true' NIN album. I paid my 2.50 and for that it was a absolute bargain - something to dip in and out of occasionally. Like many I would have paid more!

Read the interviews about the album's creation, listen properly, and judge for yourself... and try listening to it with noise-cancelling headphones on the commute home! Surreal, I can tell you.
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