Hey, remember that time I complained the lack of variety brought on by the random number generator that I used which caused the same groups to often be clustered together? As in, yanno… two days ago.
At least this time it’s an album I’m familiar with rather than the OutKast catalogue which was one of minor dabbling based on their singles. Today is the third act of Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts I-IV set of 36 instrumentals. For more background information on the album, I’d recommend reading the aforementioned post.
Act III’s 9 tracks are all on the short side, with the lengthiest song clocking in at just over 3 and a half minutes long. I’d say it bows a bit from Act II, but there’s still quite a few goodies.
Also, in the previous post, I forgot to mention that if you like Ghosts, you will fall into a state of perpetual longing for his The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo soundtracks; a black hole of the gears of sonic productivity turning to infinity.
Here’s a brief rundown of each track with their individual art:
“19 Ghosts III” is all about auxiliary percussion and a flaring, feedback-addled guitar lick.
“20 Ghosts III” is an almost nightmarish, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo-esque industrial soundwave. Fast to the end of this one is a punk-influenced bass riff and less than 20 seconds of a piano bit that I would have listened to for a whole track.
“21 Ghosts III” is the most twee you will ever find Trent Reznor. This is not an exaggeration. The man just loves steel drums and ocarinas*.
“22 Ghosts III” is another of the stripped down, gigantic-sounding drum tracks with a piano background and some subtle guitar – and what I believe to be a sitar as well.
“23 Ghosts III” is a mash of Downward Spiral and Fragile-influenced fuzz work: that trademark overdriven, crunchy guitar tone accounts for the whole track.
“24 Ghosts III” is another industrial-inspired jam, pulsing with an overbearing Prodigy influence – even the swirling chanting and dictator shouts.
“25 Ghosts III” is probably the spookiest of this set, not deviating from what seems to be a syncopating, high-pitched and twisted sound of crickets or cicadas, and some random dubs.
“26 Ghosts III” has that raw Justin Meldel-Johnsen popping bass influence – I’ll call it “The JMJ.” Trust me on this one. This track reminds me a lot of “Ripe (With Decay)” from The Fragile.
“27 Ghosts III” is, for me, the highlight of the third act of Ghosts. It could belong on damn near every NIN record this side of The Downward Spiral and not be an unwelcome intruder. Have a listen below to see why.
From the Ghosts I-IV set, this is “27 Ghosts III” –
Standout tracks: “27 Ghosts III” and “21 Ghosts III”
Weakest track: “25 Ghosts III” just because it doesn’t go anywhere.
RIYL: Long-winded instrumentals. Caspian, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, This Will Destroy You, Explosions in the Sky, etc.
*cannot verify Reznor likes ocarinas.