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October 4, 2019
“Ghosteen”, is one of the loveliest, most moving, most perfectly conceived and realised albums I have heard since “Kid A”. Cave’s voice has never sounded more considered yet vulnerable. The music is a drifting, shifting synth soundscape, occasionally backed by a troubled pulse of bass and lush, shimmering backing vocals. Only on the final track do we hear some simple, understated drumming; gently pushing towards an end to sorrow. The lyrics are poetic, yearning, borne of grief and improbable hopes. I shed tears listening to this astonishing record. It takes very special music to do that to me, these days.