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 2:48 164,575
2 2 Ghosts I 3:15 126,848
3 3 Ghosts I 3:50 118,043
4 4 Ghosts I 2:12 111,617
5 5 Ghosts I 2:51 119,482
6 6 Ghosts I 4:17 100,871
7 7 Ghosts I 2:00 105,681
8 8 Ghosts I 2:55 99,049
9 9 Ghosts I 2:46 117,679
10 10 Ghosts II 2:39 77,565
11 11 Ghosts II 2:17 78,622
12 12 Ghosts II 2:17 78,667
13 13 Ghosts II 3:12 86,078
14 14 Ghosts II 3:05 76,338
15 15 Ghosts II 1:53 75,324
16 16 Ghosts II 2:29 72,414
17 17 Ghosts II 2:12 76,379
18 18 Ghosts II 5:14 72,616
19 19 Ghosts III 2:11 71,172
20 20 Ghosts III 3:39 70,376
21 21 Ghosts III 2:52 68,993
22 22 Ghosts III 2:30 68,893
23 23 Ghosts III 2:43 65,221
24 24 Ghosts III 2:39 66,780
25 25 Ghosts III 1:58 69,425
26 26 Ghosts III 2:26 65,645
27 27 Ghosts III 2:50 63,070
28 28 Ghosts IV 5:22 72,800
29 29 Ghosts IV 2:54 63,506
30 30 Ghosts IV 2:58 62,647
31 31 Ghosts IV 2:25 63,309
32 32 Ghosts IV 4:25 61,215
33 33 Ghosts IV 4:00 59,179
34 34 Ghosts IV 5:53 65,474
35 35 Ghosts IV 3:30 57,897
36 36 Ghosts IV 2:18 64,895

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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  • Grycho

    "The rules were as follows: 10 weeks, no clear agenda, no overthinking, everything driven by impulse. Whatever happens during that time gets released as ... something." And that's why this is one of the best albums to listen to while you create something of your own. There is no message or specific theme that you're going to be unintentionally thinking about. It's solely the simple yet massive result of great musicians collaborating to create something beautiful and unrestricted. It truly is, as Reznor put it, a soundtrack for daydreams. God, does this guy ever disappoint?

    26 Nov 2014 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
  • schrimy

    32 Ghosts IV <З

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • schrimy

    12 Ghosts II <3

    29 Aug 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
  • silverlage

    1-3

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
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