Ghosts V: Together

Nine Inch Nails - Ghosts V: Together
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2020 Ratings: #62 / 267
User Score
Based on 120 ratings
2020 Ratings: #207
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March 26, 2020 / Release Date
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Mournful as it may be, “Together” provides immense consolation at a time where it couldn’t be more necessary.
Rolling Stone

Ghosts V focuses on generally uplifting ambient moods. Like a lot of the music on Ghosts I – IV, it owes clear debts to Brian Eno and Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti, but with enough dissonance to sound distinctively “Reznorish.

Spatial beauty is the order of the day. Reznor has long known that the spaces created between the music are often as important as the collection of notes and sounds positioned on each side.

Maybe it’s because the tone better matches the animating spirit of the project, or maybe it’s simply because the pair have better ideas in a major key at the moment, but Ghosts V: Together is solidly the stronger of the two.


Of the two, Ghosts V: Together is the one to help lift spirits and calm the soul, a welcome escape from the tension and paranoia of the real world.

As the first installment of the Nine Inch Nails' "Ghosts" series in 12 years, Trent Reznor puts together a new, 153-minute set of ambient instrumental sound palettes with these two. For "Together", it's a beautiful, relaxing little album to help ease the stress during quarantine... which is probably why he released these. While I do appreciate the gorgeous textures here, it shares the same problem I had with "I-IV". They don't add anything new to this sound that a ... read more
What about the low ratings? Yes these are ambient music, but they sound gorgeous. This album almost feels more as a continuation of the instrumental tracks from 'Still' than the previous 'Ghosts' record. I'll leave a 100 just because.
A mixed bag
Beautiful and hopeful, a perfect fit for this time of isolation.
Trent and Atticus dropped a one-two punch of instrumental work to aid us in our quarantine. This, in my opinion, is the superior work. The soundscapes here are dreamy and almost optimistic in their own odd way. Trent occasionally interjects what i can only assume is a heavily processed falsetto that permeates some of the cuts and give them an almost angelic quality. These lack the menace and paranoia of a lot of Trent's ambient work, but that is the point. This is the bright side of this album ... read more
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Track List

  1. Letting Go While Holding On
  2. Together
  3. Out In the Open
  4. With Faith
  5. Apart
  6. Your Touch
  7. Hope We Can Again
  8. Still Right Here
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Added on: March 26, 2020