Nine Inch Nails

Album Review 673: Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks

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Jake: 80/100

Tom: 83/100

Overview: Hesitation Marks sees Nine Inch Nails breathing a new energy through their sound in the form of beat-driven industrial monstrosities. It’s clear that Reznor’s recent work with with electronic-based How To Destroy Angels has rubbed off; this record has a cold, glitchy feel to it. NIN still focuses on their songwriting accolades by providing the listener with HUGE dynamic contrast via power choruses that crank the volume to 11. This record is particularly strong and relatively unique for NIN’s catalog, however it still dips off a bit in quality during the second half. Still, this is a very good industrial electronic record, even if you aren’t a Nails fan.

 

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Jake’s Track Picks: 

  • 2. Copy of A
  • 3. Came Back Haunted
  • 5. All Time Low
  • 8. Satellite

Tom’s Track Picks: 

  • 2. Copy of A
  • 3. Came Back Haunted
  • 4. Find My Way
  • 5. All Time Low
  • 12. In Two
  • 13. While I’m Still Here

 


 

Album Review 418: Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

Jake: Highly Recommended, 100/100

Tom: Highly Recommended, 100/100

 

Overview: By our standards, The Downward Spiral is the definition of a perfect album. In fact, it pretty much sets the standard for what an outstanding album should be. It completely nails every aspect of an album: albumization and concept, dynamic contrast, variety in mood and soundscape, lyrics, songwriting, production, and basically anything else you can think of. Simply put, if you haven’t listened to this album, you should.

 

Jake’s Track Picks: 

  • ALL OF THEM

Tom’s Track Picks: 

  • ALL OF THEM

 


 

Album Review 33: Nine Inch Nails – The Slip

Jake: Recommended, 87/100

Tom: Recommended, 91/100

Overview: There isn’t much to say about Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails frontman and mastermind) that hasn’t already been said. At times, it also feels like there isn’t much to do with his genre of industrial rock/metal that hasn’t been done; but right when you feel that way, Reznor comes along and reinvents himself again. This time around, he’s noisier than ever as far as the instrumentals go, while the vocals focus more on the catchy melodies in order to anchor the songs down. This is at least true for the first six tracks, but by track seven things slow down and the tracks get darker and moodier in a more ambient way. It’s a relatively short album for Nine Inch Nails, and the songwriting is much more compact, but it just shows that Reznor is still way ahead of the crowd.

Recommended Similar Artists: Depeche Mode, Filter, Orgy

Jake’s Track Picks: 

  • 6. Head Down
  • 10. Demon Seed

Tom’s Track Picks: 

  • 6. Head Down
  • 10. Demon Seed
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