Interesting new directions
I see a lot of negative comments here that I think are undeserved.
No one can remain an angry 20 something for ever without ending up as an overdose or some other suicide. People have to grow and artists have to develop and try new things, and there is always a risk of alienating some fans.
That said, Reznor is a great artist of his genre, and I am glad to hear some new sounds and devlopment here. I love to hear a great artist experiment and get out of their own box. I found this inventive interesting. Seems there is still plenty of angry demons being exorcised here as well if that's what you want.
By Capitalism and Freedom
This is one of my personal favorite Nine Inch Nails albums. This album has a great flow, track after track. This album also has great vocals, great drum solos, and great guitar solos as well. Finally, the instruments wrap around the vocals like no other, and intertwine perfectly. Definitely looking forward to the next limited play album, and extended play album from Nine Inch Nails.
NIN is long Dead.
Unfortunately NIN hasn’t had a good album in over 10 years. I have no idea what’s been going on but it’s heart breaking.
I won't ever give up on NIN. I can truly appreciate bits and pieces of everythjing Trent has touched in his illustious career. However, the last solid album (which strayed a bit from the traditional NIN sound) was "Hesitation Marks" - a fresh & solid piece creative innovation. The "trio" of albums trying to be passed off to the bleeding-loyal fans as whole albums, are all largely disappointing. They have an overall feel of rampant dissonant noise, highly over-indulgent with the distortion and experimentation. It definitely feels as if he's been spending far too much time in "soundtrack land" & pulled farther and farther away from rock/industrial/whatever-you-wanna-call-it NIN MUSIC. There definitely seems to be too much cross-chatter between the different projects that Trent & Atticus are involved with. NIN albums need to sound like NIN, soundtrack work needs to sound like soundtrack work, How to Destroy Angels needs to sound like it's own individual band. They all share a common lifeblood & that's what makes them all so GOOD, but NIN needs to get its groove back - I wanna ROCK THE F___ OUT, or dance, or mosh, or whatever, but when when it makes me feel just lost & contemplative, like a piece of seaweed afloat in the ocean - I'm not feeling the PASSION that I've come to expect from my all-time favorite band.
Bad Witch...really awful album
Looks like the rivet heads can't bear to give up their goth stomping habits. Too bad. The man has matured and moved ahead into his career. Never forget that he, along with several other key musicians/bands, developed what would become the industrial and EBM sensation. This is definitely worth a listen.
Good, buts need refined.
Essentially, I see tons of potential in some of these songs. I only really listen to the previews though. From what it sounds like they are not terrible, but they need more fine tuning to make them worth buying.
Too experimental. I would like to understand the lyrics just a tad more, and actually be able to hear some of them over the background music if possible to some degree. Others take certain elements a bit too far.
Really, They seem like they could be great if more time is taken to perfect them. Really interesting and unique sounding.
As usual, Rez and company deliver amazing sounds. Haters are going to hate because they can't relate. Stuck in the late 80's?? Those are the same lame people on Facebook trying to relive their high school years. NIN has grown into a well productive adult that hasn't looked back, instead, flourished into a leader of music. Trent is a leader, not a follower. His music shows those of us that really appreciate it that. Those that don't, well, they're just keyboard warriors in their mommy's basement eating pizza and playing video games.
You decide.....I have
I am not a critic.
I am just a person who has an extensive wide ranged music library.
Art is Resistance
Art is Witness
Art is Community
Art is Action Without Violence
Art changes Hearts Without breaking Bodies
David Bowie , one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century has been quoted in saying , “I can compare Trent Reznor’s influential impact to music to that of The Velvet Underground.” (sorry teens & millennials ....I’ll be polite and just say please go wiki that to catch up on the influence of art to music and music to art....they share such a wonderful symbiotic relationship....prime example -Lou Reed and Andy Warhol.)
In 1988 I was introduced to Nine Inch Nails on the radio (89.5 WSOU Seton Hall’s Pirate Radio)by hearing “Down In It”.
I was going through some rough time and well...was immediately grabbed by what heard and felt and in return I have never let go.
NIN = 30 years = 207 songs = 16 hours and 15 minutes
I use my music to disconnect from the world around me.
I use my music to plug in to the world around me.
I use my music to relate to my life.
I use my music to express me.
Thank You Trent Reznor , your difference , your change , your style has given me the keys to many other doors leading to many different musicians.
A bit of a sidebar note here , I am also an avid gamer and just slammed down some Faction Wars Kombatants in Mortal Kombat X listening to Bad Witch.(now the creepy thing is the album art , one of the pics ,looks like and really reminds me of “The Witch” in Left 4 Dead.)
for the individuals who just complain
stop criticizing when your art is not out for public display
stop reviewing when your art is not out for public display
.........seriously how do you take criticism ......
Thank You Trent Reznor , your music has been .....
Symbiotic to my life.
I am hoping and will wait for more.