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I have just completed the first listen on vinyl, having avoided listening to isolated tracks online so I could experience it how Nick Cave & TBS wanted us to hear it, in context and as a whole. As a father of three teenage children I can only imagine how devastating it must be to lose a child, someone that is fully a part of you and utterly intrinsic to your being. This record moved me like no other has. It is a tremendous achievement. the music mixes sadness, optimism, the triumph of love while also, and inevitably, bowing to grief. All in a complex and beautiful whole with the songs simply melting into each other. I remember annoying my flatmates with Your Funeral My Trial back in the 80's. I could not have imaged then that NC's music would continue to keep me company over all these years. This is a profound work of art. It must be listened to in that context, from the start to the end. A beautiful thing.
Huge Bad Seeds fan. Love the album. Rating is for fact that downloadable songs are only lossy 320kbps mp3 quality. I understand vinyl is more expensive but when it costs more than double the price of a CD I dont believe it's unreasonable to expect flac or wav quality files to accomany the Vinyl version as a download code.
Have just listened to this album (4th time) and I just cannot describe how beautiful, plaintive, warm and completely stunning this album is. I have love this band for many years and seen them grow from a post punk band to this majestic group of musicians . Nick Cave is a wordsmith up there with the LENNON'S, DYLAN'S, BOWIE'S TOM WAITS TOM McCREA of this world. The packaging is beautiful with full lyrics provided. The last time I played a CD over and over again was with Bowie's Black Star. This has to be one of the best albums of 2019 if not the best. Thank you very much to NC&TBS for enriching my life.
It's not the first time I have bought a record without listening to it first because the cover was so interesting to look at. I don't suppose it will be the last either. I'm not sure what is trying to be achieved here if anything. If it's about poetry then it isn't. If there is meaning to the words then I don't get it. They don't paint pictures or a story in my head. What might pass as music is really just sounds. The music is rather like what may be a long intro of a song with much better to come, but the better to come never happens. The record might well be useful for sending me to sleep, but falling asleep listening to vinyl on a manual turntable is not a good idea. However a 128kbps mp3 would serve without any audible difference I would guess, based on the lack of musical content.
Me being a person who likes listening to catchy numbers and popular cheese I might be too unsophisticated to appreciate this. Sometimes a record grows on me over time when I listen more carefully but in this case I don't think that will happen because there isn't really anymore on the record to discover from listening more carefully although I have played several times now in case there is something I am missing. The second record is very short with loads of run off. Sometimes less is more because the second record is marginally more interesting but only by a very small margin.
The pressing quality on the other hand is top notch. The grooves are actually in the right place and surface noise is almost non existant. No clicks or pops. So many new records are crackly straight out of the sleeve but not this one. So great job done by the pressing plant. Sonically what content there is, is well recorded. Vocals are clear and free of sibilance. Modulation output is high but didn't give my turntable and stylus any problems at all - clear and clean sounding right to the end of the side. However, this is no audiophile dream. Anyone hoping this recording will put their expensive hifi system through its paces and reveal how fabulous the equipment is is going to be disappointed. There simply isn't enough content within the grooves.
There is a hell of a lot of pricey merchandise available to compliment this release - T-Shirts, Hoody's, Bags, Mugs, etc. So as a marketing exercise every effort has been made. And it may well be that is what it's all about. Just a very good marketing excercise. All window dressing and no substance. After all the clever marketing worked on me. I don't send records back. I add to my collection and archive, because for me a record collection is more than just the music.
I'm not saying to people don't buy. I'm saying this record doesn't impress me. The video of the record is on You Tube and I will recommend listening to that first. I did read a positive review in The Guardian, but I'm very Daily Mail so that probably says it all.
Cave's artistic development over the last four decades has been extraordinary and he has left his peers in his wake. His last three albums share, in my opinion, a correlation with Bowie's Berlin trilogy in terms of their explorations of yearning, loss and the search for meaning and hope. Ghosteen is a beautiful piece of work and, as someone close to me begins their journey out of this world, the words of the stunning Hollywood have a particular resonance and offer comfort.
Beautiful album. Haunting. Well disc one of the vinyl edition is anyway.
I can't tell you about disc 2 because the album contained two disc 1's. I had a problem with an appalling pressing on his last vinyl album 'Skeleton Tree' as well - that also had to be sent back.
If Nick put as much effort into his manufacturing and distribution contracts as he did with his music the world would be a much much better place. Instead, once again incompetent amateur slimeballs have let him down.
As It is, I am fearful if ordering another one from Amazon in case the same thing happens. This is a rare occasion when HMV becomes useful. I will be heading there tomorrow and can be satisfied with what I have got before I leave the expensive shop.
Sorry I could not talk more about the music but I am in a darker place than I was expecting to be even listening to Nick Cave.
Annoncé discrètement sur le site personnel du chanteur australien à la fin du mois de septembre et paru une semaine après, 'Ghosteen', le nouveau disque de Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, est une bouleversante œuvre de deuil. Le deuil du jeune Arthur, fils de Nick Cave, mort en juillet 2015 à l'âge de 15 ans après avoir chuté d’une falaise sous l’emprise du LSD à Brighton, en Angleterre. Le titre de l'album, Ghosteen, signifie « fantôme adolescent ». Il est composé de 2 parties : celle des parents et celles des enfants.
Depuis deux albums, Nick Cave et les Bad Seeds se sont libérés des conventions du rock et de la pop. Ghosteen, ce nouvel album très épuré, continue la mue : pas de guitares, pas de batterie, ou presque. Mais des chœurs de cathédrale et des synthétiseurs qui enlacent la voix de l’australien. La voix d’un homme de 62 ans qui déclame, vacille ou se brise, d’une phrase à l’autre. Sa voix est la seule et unique maîtresse de la mélodie et de la cadence du disque, parsemé d’allégories bibliques et mythologiques. Comment ne pas penser à Albert Cohen ou Bryan Ferry ? Les chansons de Nick Cave ne mettent plus en scène des personnages sombres ou inquiétants, mais elles racontent la marche d’un homme qui, au fond, n’a jamais fait qu’écrire des chansons d’amour. C’est son album le plus personnel. Ghosteen est fait de souvenirs, de rêves et de visions, comme celle de l’arrivée d’un train qui lui ramène son enfant : "Il y a des choses difficiles à expliquer. Mais mon enfant rentre à la maison. Maintenant. Par le train de 5 heures 30"...
Le plus personnel, beau et émouvant album de Nick Cave !