Review: Ghosts – Nine Inch Nails

May 13, 2008 at 10:32 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

Trent Reznor is a genius, I think I already said that. I never said he was generous though, but now that I think about, he really is. I mean, lot’s of other rock stars are rich, but they still put out music and charge people for it. Movie stars too, I mean do they have to keep getting paid shit loads to make each new movie? Surely people like Will Smith or Cameron Diaz would have more than enough to live for the rest of their lives, so why not make movies for free? Too much of an ask, ok well charity’s always good, and I’m sure they all do, or not, whatever, rant over.

Anyways, Trent Reznor put out the spectacular ‘Ghosts’, and ‘The Slip’, both for free. What a generous man he is! He’s got enough money, he doesn’t need any more so he gives it all away. He probably sees the value in giving away your music for free anyway since a lot of people won’t pay anything for music these days, but still. Don’t ya just love em!!!

Here’s a review of ‘Ghosts’ which once again echoes my sentiments exactly about this instrumental masterpiece. What a shame I didn’t write it. Oh well, maybe next time.


Ghosts I-IV – Nine Inch Nails

By CHRIS SCHULZ – | Friday, 07 March 2008

Trent Reznor is a generous chap. The Nine Inch Nails frontman let fans listen to the band’s last album before it was released, and now he’s gone one better – he’s giving it away for free.

Ghosts I-IV, released with little fanfare on Monday through the band’s official website, is an ambitious 36-track instrumental concept album. It’s among the best things Reznor has ever done.

You can download Ghosts I for free; parts II, III and IV will cost you $US5. And for $US10 you can get a double-CD package sent to you when it’s released properly on April 14. That’s as cheap as chips.

But this is a new era, and Reznor knows many music fans won’t even pay $5 for a CD. His response? He uploaded it to popular torrent website himself and received a flood of positive feedback. Told you he was generous.

Like Radiohead’s In Rainbows, it’s well worth the purchase. Recorded over 10 weeks with a variety of producers, Ghosts is a sonic experiment that pays off in spades.

It’s full of haunting piano lines, spare drum loops, spooky atmospherics and dreamy soundscapes. Reznor called it a “soundtrack for daydreams”, and if your daydreams are full of tidal waves, building demolitions and lightning storms, then he’s right.

If David Lynch was to direct a Nine Inch Nails movie, this would be the soundtrack.

Split into four distinct parts, some tracks sound like they’re off last year’s impressive Year Zero. Others (Ghosts IV-34) hark back to The Fragile, some even delve into Pretty Hate Machine. If you’re looking for highlights, check out Ghosts II-19 and IV-33, but Ghosts is designed to be listened to in its entirety.

Amazingly, most tracks are so packed full of ideas, adding vocals would seem like overkill. But if someone hasn’t already mixed it with the vocals from Jay-Z’s American Gangster then it’s probably only days away. American Gangster Ghosts, anyone?

Twisted, dark and intense, Ghosts I-IV is Nine Inch Nails as they’ve always been. Reznor may be feeling more generous these days, but he’s as uncompromising as ever.

Ghosts I-IV is available for download from


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