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This double album forms a trilogy that began with the albums "Push The Sky Away" and "Skeleton Tree". All tree albums are much milder to Nick Cave’s previous work, very atmospheric with many almost ambient elements. It is very much as a continuation of "Skeleton Tree", an album released after his son’s death, reflecting his then grief. With the new album, he takes a step even further, dealing with deep emotions of someone who has experienced a tragic loss but fights to balance his sanity and finding relief of some kind to continue with life. The result is stunning!

The whole album consists almost entirely of Nick Caves voice, piano and Warren Ellis’ synthesizers, loops and backing vocals. The rest of the Bad Seeds have a minor role. Nick Cave describes to album “The songs on the first album are the children. The songs on the second album are their parents. Ghosteen is a migrating spirit”.

On Part One, all eight songs are in the same vein. From the beginning, with the opener "Spinning Song" we are introduced to how the whole album will sound, with Nick Cave delivering very fragile and emotional vocals. The second track "Bright Horses" is a great piano piece with velvet violin that sounds at points, where the voice is high pitched, like Sigur Ros. Both these songs stand out on this first part of the record. The music on the album in general is very sparse, dreamlike, very ethereal and spiritual like, as if made for meditation.

Part Two has three songs. The twelve minute "Ghosteen" is very ethereal and heavenly, backed with a choir with a very uplifting spiritual feel. Then we have "Fireflies" that is a spoken word piece. The album ends with the fourteen-minute-long "Hollywood", that is probably the best song on the record in my opinion. Here we can hear the rest of the Bad Seeds contribute their part since we hear bass, guitar and percussion. The album was released digitally on October 4th, when it was premiered worldwide on Youtube. Physical formats, vinyl and CD will be released on November 8th.

Review by Nick Drivas

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