Stand Out Albums has been a showcase for my favorite albums across the vast performers that I love. Covering a little bit of everything from classic rock to country hits, much like Key Movies of My Life, it has been the albums that shaped me.
After covering the works of The Posies and Guster I figured it was time for a tonal shift into my rather eclectic taste in music so I though, what could be more of a change than a band I have loved since the early 90’s, Nine Inch Nails. Today we discuss Ghosts V: Together
Why This Album?
I was originally planning to do the last most recent albums Ghosts V and VI together as they are part of the same ‘series’ and were also released simultaneously. However, diving in to both of them, I realized just how unique they both were from one another.
To me, ever since the original release of Ghosts I-IV, the Ghosts series felt almost like a cleansing for Trent Reznor, a place to put his thoughts and feelings that never quite fit any other album or place. Maybe these tracks are remnants of other albums that never quite fit, or maybe they are indeed ghosts of tracks that never actually saw life.
Regaurdless of where this album comes from, the fact that it is here is reason enough to celebrate. Ghosts V is one of the most entrancing and relaxing of all of Nine Inch Nails work. It resonates deeply with not only your mind but, in a way, your soul. Combining an airy syth with subtle piano, Ghosts V is an album that you need to feel rather than just listen too and the deep almost sensual bass notes you can certainly feel. Unlike that of most electronic music though, the bass in this isnt jarring or sudden, but soothing and subtle. In fact, just listening to it in front of my computer as I write this article, I can feel each low tone in my bones and it really does feel, well, satisfying, almost emotional.
It is so hard to describe what Ghosts V is, but what it isn’t is the cacophony of sound and angst that is the usual fair for Nine Inch Nails, Ghosts V is the auditory answer to the question, what does peace sound like.
This time, it is impossible to pick just one out. However, these albums were released for free by Nine Inch Nails and you should go listen to them both. Here is the link for Ghosts V on spotify. or, if you like…
Next week: Ghosts VI: Locusts.
Late to the Game 11/9/21
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