Nine Inch Nails, Ghosts I-IV

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 09.05.12 in Reviews

Hatred isn’t the only thing lying at the heart of Nine Inch Nails; there are also lots of rigorous piano lessons. Which explains why Trent Reznor decided to make his first post-Interscope release four volumes of Fripp & Eno-isms. Actually, nothing could prepare us for just how sprawling Ghosts is. While instrumental passages have always played a part in cleansing the palette or setting the scene in NIN albums, they’ve never been embraced to the extent they are here.

Sprawling instrumental passages about who-knows-what

“This collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective,” explained Reznor, “dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. I’m very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference.”

Why does the world need 36 abstractly titled, largely improvised pieces about who-knows-what, featuring members of King Crimson (guitarist Adrian Belew) and the Dresden Dolls (drummer Brian Viglione)? Listen; you’ll see.