Ghosts I-IV

Label
Nine Inch Nails
Release date
8 Apr 2008
Running length
36 tracks
Running time
109:45

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 1 Ghosts I 2:48 166,348
2 2 Ghosts I 3:15 128,537
3 3 Ghosts I 3:50 119,576
4 4 Ghosts I 2:12 113,018
5 5 Ghosts I 2:51 120,871
6 6 Ghosts I 4:17 101,443
7 7 Ghosts I 2:00 106,970
8 8 Ghosts I 2:55 100,325
9 9 Ghosts I 2:46 119,033
10 10 Ghosts II 2:39 78,779
11 11 Ghosts II 2:17 79,779
12 12 Ghosts II 2:17 79,838
13 13 Ghosts II 3:12 91,102
14 14 Ghosts II 3:05 77,507
15 15 Ghosts II 1:53 76,408
16 16 Ghosts II 2:29 73,480
17 17 Ghosts II 2:12 77,516
18 18 Ghosts II 5:14 73,663
19 19 Ghosts III 2:11 72,241
20 20 Ghosts III 3:39 71,446
21 21 Ghosts III 2:52 70,014
22 22 Ghosts III 2:30 69,907
23 23 Ghosts III 2:43 66,181
24 24 Ghosts III 2:39 67,739
25 25 Ghosts III 1:58 70,428
26 26 Ghosts III 2:26 66,614
27 27 Ghosts III 2:50 64,015
28 28 Ghosts IV 5:22 73,835
29 29 Ghosts IV 2:54 64,443
30 30 Ghosts IV 2:58 63,583
31 31 Ghosts IV 2:25 64,273
32 32 Ghosts IV 4:25 62,096
33 33 Ghosts IV 4:00 60,087
34 34 Ghosts IV 5:53 66,482
35 35 Ghosts IV 3:30 58,782
36 36 Ghosts IV 2:18 65,771

About this album

Ghosts I–IV (also known as Halo 26) is the seventh major studio release by American industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails and was released on March 2, 2008. The album contains 36 instrumental tracks and is the first album from Nine Inch Nails following its announcement that the band had severed its ties with Interscope Records and intended to release future material independently. The final release is presented as four nine-track instrumental EPs. The tracks do not have names, and are identified only by their track listing, position, and album art. The team behind the project featured Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Alan Moulder, with instrumental contributions from Alessandro Cortini, Adrian Belew, and Brian Viglione.

The album was released under a Creative Commons license, and in a variety of different packages at different price points, including a US$300 “Ultra-Deluxe Limited Edition”.The album was initially released digitally on the Nine Inch Nails official website without any prior advertisement or promotion. Via the official Nine Inch Nails YouTube profile, a user-generated “film festival” was announced, where fans were invited to visually interpret the album’s music and post their results.The retail version of the album was the first album to be released by Reznor’s completely independent label The Null Corporation.

Critical reception of the album has generally been favorable, its unorthodox release attracting positive comments from many news agencies. Much coverage of Ghosts I–IV has compared it to the digital-download releases of Radiohead’s In Rainbows as well as Saul Williams’ The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!.

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  • fonesz

    Some of those tracks would've made great songs with vocals and actual titles, there's about 25 too many tracks on here

    23 Jun 6:56am Reply
  • skinnydrifter

    Great albums post-The Downward Spiral: The Fragile & Hesitation Marks. This is just like the filler episodes in Naruto, skip it.

    28 Apr 12:15pm Reply
  • phosgene

    Sad, boring and irrelevant. What else could you expect of 2h of music created withing 2 months period.

    12 Apr 1:49am Reply
  • deathsdemise123

    Nothing short of superb. One of the best NIN albums.

    7 Mar 9:54pm Reply
  • speedysteph

    Regarding the number of track listens... The first nine tracks were a free download. if you wanted the remainder, you had to pay for them.

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • zven2zven

    This is definitely the best post Downward Spiral album (2)

    20 Nov 2014 Reply
  • karolcia_1993

    A perfect autumn album...

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • holland1946

    This is definitely the best post Downward Spiral album

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Wrathu

    28 is the best.

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • jamesimckenzie

    I like how the number of track listens get less and less as the album wears on, like tens of thousands of first time listeners just checked out before the end, never to return. P.S. 28 is the fucking shit.

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • rokrr16

    My favorite NIN work. Not really NIN, more Trent, but still.

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • AuroraPowderGas

    @blacknail More like personal Analords

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • blacknail

    Trent Reznor's very own Selected Ambient Works Volume II.

    31 Mar 2014 Reply
  • thrillseeker01

    I feel the same way abt these tracks as I do abt some of Boards Of Canada`s work: I just wish all the tracks were longer.Anyone else ?

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • louismadsen

    fucking awesome

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • edanielsen

    Very interesting, NiN are a creative bunch!

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Siberiandreamer

    Very cool; but I do prefer him to mix up instrumental tracks with the ones with vocals.

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • electricnet

    One of the absolute best albums to write to. So good.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • mijji

    Perfect music for concentrating on reading math. Probably not what Trent had in mind when making this album but... Anyways.

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • The_SchizoidMan

    Industrial Brian Eno.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
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