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Ghosteen

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds

Ghosteen

Seventheenth studio album from the alternative rock band self-produced by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is the final part of a trilogy of albums following Push the Sky Away (2013) and Skeleton Tree (2016)

ADM rating[?]

9.0

Label
Ghosteen Ltd
UK Release date
04/10/2019
US Release date
04/10/2019
  1. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Nick Cave is in the form of his life, and Ghosteen is one of his greatest-ever achievements
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  2. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    Grief and loss never sounded so beautiful
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  3. 10.0 |   The Independent

    Cave sounds buoyed, not weakened, by exposing his wounds on this astonishing album
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  4. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    The most beautiful songs he has ever recorded
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  5. 10.0 |   NME

    Like C.S. Lewis’ 'A Grief Observed', this devastating album is the work of an artist attempting to make sense of loss. "Peace will come," Nick Cave assures us, although it never really does
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  6. 10.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Absolute perfection
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  7. 10.0 |   The Observer

    In the first album wholly written since the death of his son, Cave reaches an extraordinary, sad and beautiful artistic evolution
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  8. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A record that blurs life's hard lines and searches for peace, love, and beauty
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  9. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    Ghosteen is both his most solitary recording since 2001’s No More Shall We Part and impossible to imagine without the contributions of The Bad Seeds
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  10. 10.0 |   music OMH

    Yes, it can be painful, but there’s a beautiful catharsis contained within Ghosteen that makes it one of the most essential records of recent times – a lifejacket for anyone surfing that dreadful wave of grief
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  11. 10.0 |   Mojo

    It's a difficult world, and there will be no moderator, but with Ghosteen, Cave finds a way to reach out, and reach through. Print edition only

  12. 9.3 |   Gig Soup

    A piece of work that’s difficult but hopeful, full of darkness but supplier of enough light to illuminate its every square inch. One that’s gentle yet staggering, beautiful yet devastating. Like so many entries in the Bad Seeds’ back catalogue, this is music that makes you feel alive – and what more could we ever ask for?
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  13. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    Ghosteen is an almost supernaturally wonderful record. It is, perhaps, the ultimate Nick Cave album — yet somehow unlike anything he has done before
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  14. 9.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Ghosteen is a masterpiece of melancholy. You mourn right along with him and hope he finds solace
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  15. 9.0 |   Clash

    ‘Ghosteen’ is not a blissful or comfortable album, but it is a hopeful one
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  16. 9.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    One of the most challenging and most beautiful of Cave’s career
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  17. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    The anguish a parent feels for losing their child is harrowing and Ghosteen masterfully captures Nick Cave's grief and spiraling rumination on mortality
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  18. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Warren Ellis’ electronics – picking up not just from Skeleton Tree but from the film soundtrack work on which he and Cave have been moonlighting – here are at their most dominant and at their most astonishingly beautiful
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  19. 9.0 |   Crack

    On Ghosteen Cave seems more vital than ever, a master of his craft who has taken the immense nature of grief and channelled it into an album that burns with beauty
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  20. 9.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album explores the contradiction between the individual pain of grief and the universality of death
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  21. 8.8 |   Pitchfork

    Forty years into his career, Nick Cave emerges with one of his most powerful albums yet, an endlessly giving and complex meditation on mortality and our collective grief
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  22. 8.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Cave’s radical openness has brought him into conversation and solidarity with this global community of people who have lost and who continue to live. For such people, Ghosteen is a sweeping and remarkable gift
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  23. 8.0 |   Northern Transmission

    It’s an intriguing, somewhat beguiling listen and, surprise or not, an infinitely beautiful, heartbreaking album that only a master can create
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  24. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    It surely ranks among Cave and company's most ambitious efforts, and maybe among their most affecting, too
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  25. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    Despite a few questionable experimental moments (that simply make the albums more Bad Seeds-eque) the highlights soar to towering heights, making the piece a triumph
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  26. 8.0 |   The FT

    Synthesiser drones, strings and solemn piano chords form the backdrop of an album poignantly exploring grief
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  27. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    All in all, it’s a lot to process — not lighter but endlessly absorbing
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  28. 8.0 |   Q

    Cave's voice quivers through a series of desperate quests fro consolation. Print edition only

  29. 8.0 |   All Music

    Cave's vocals often seem more like recitations than singing (and that's literally what they are on the spoken word piece "Fireflies"), though the nuanced passion of his delivery is mesmerizing and ranks with the most affecting performances of his life.
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  30. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The chiselled lyrics of latter-day Cave the sober working writer feel illuminated
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  31. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    It may not be Nick’s best opus, but this is certainly what he does best: not exactly subverting expectation, but forcing us to reassess our instruments of appraisal entirely
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