Mr Self destruct
March of the pigs
I do not want this
Big man with a gun
Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor became an instant alternative-music hero with 1989's PRETTY HATE MACHINE, an angry-yet-accessible album that appealed to rock fans and club kids alike. Record-label woes led to a five-year delay for Reznor's follow-up, with two hard-edged EPs (BROKEN and its remix disc, FIXED) issued in the interim. Finally released in 1994, THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL seethes with an almost unhinged industrial ferocity, due, in part to both Reznor's frustration with messy bureaucratic entanglements and time spent with Ministry's Al Jourgensen during the peak of that band's guitar-heavy phase.Although, SPIRAL does reveal the influence of latter-day Ministry (particularly on the blazing opener, "Mr. Self Destruct", and the scathing, distortion-filled "March of the Pigs"), Reznor also incorporates elements of progressive rock and funk into the proceedings. More than any other Nine Inch Nails song, the provocative, groove-laden "Closer" (and its shocking video) established Reznor as a bold, audacious artist. In contrast, quiet and emotive songs such as Eno-esque instrumental "A Warm Place" and the spare, haunting "Hurt" (famously covered by Johnny Cash shortly before the country legend's death) revealed Reznor's sensitive side. Here the intense performer works with his largest sonic palette yet, and the results are fascinating.
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Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 21/10/2009 13:31:31
Always wanted to reach out for a NIN CD in the shop but never did... until I got this one! This is a bald, beautifully well put together filthy yet sensitve album. I don't seem to get tired of the lyrics or the music or his voice. Just delicious............
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This makes me think
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 31/07/2008 15:02:29
This is a deep album, it is almost concept but I cant be sure...
Anyway, I cant stop playing this, and I listen to NIN everyday.
If anyone who reads these reviews does not buy and get into all the NIN records then they just dont like good music lol
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Been there, done that.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 03/05/2008 20:18:05
Not so much in your face as in your head. This is still my favourite NIN album. There is so much variety of musical ideas it's still hard to remember that this is the work of one man who must have been thinking what I was thinking at the time he wrote it. To quote Pere Ubu "Life stinks" and then you die.
I love every moment of the album with personal highlights being Piggy, Reptile, Eraser, A warm place and Hurt (if you can really describe such obvious pain as highlights).
If you get chance listen to the surround sound version, it's like listening to a new album with familiar themes and tunes. I'm glad Trent has resolved some of the issues that led to Spiral and even more pleased that his output is more frequent and, arguably, even better.
Essential listening for anyone interested in music from the edge and the starting point for future NIN fans.
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Trents best work
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 05/03/2008 13:58:21
this is one of my all time favourite albums, and it never gets old. theres so much anger in all the songs, and yet they come across in such a beautiful way. if u wana get into nin, start here
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Career high point
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 04/05/2007 08:58:47
For me this is definitely the high point of NIN's musical outlet. Pretty Hate Machine sounds incredibly kitch and dated, and while The Fragile and With Teeth had some fantastic moments both were fairly hit and miss. TDS is incredibly consistent as an album, its one of the few that I listen to from start to end without skipping tracks. The opening Mr Self Destruct is an example of why NIN were classified as industrial, as it roars with distortion. From there it's into Hey Pig, a quieter moodier piece which builds into a crescendo of drums. Next it's the vaguely familiar synthy sound of Heresy, again laced with distorted guitars. I could go on like this for the rest of the album, but you would be better off buying it and listening for yourself!
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The best (and most angry) NIN album.
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 02/05/2007 18:26:20
Nine Inch Nails are well known for producing very angry music, and this is the album on which that comes across the most. It is also - musically, lyrically and just generally - the best album NIN have produced so far.
With lyrics such as "Your God is dead and no one cares/If there is a hell I'll see you there" and "You can have my isolation/You can have the hate that it brings", the message of this album is obvious: Trent Reznor is not a happy bunny. He shouts, screams and growls his way through every song, and you can tell just how much he means it. And frankly, I think it's beautiful. While the imagery he presents may be vile and full of hatred, it is also incredible and superbly well written.
Musically, this album is amazing. Darker than some of the previous work, this is the high point in Reznor's illustrious career. Every song sounds exactly like it should, I wouldn't want to change anything, and there is not a bad song to be found on this album.
With such classics as 'Closer' and 'Hurt', this album is a must have for any NIN fans and alternative music fans alike. Very highly recommended.
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