Rolling Stone Album Guide
Programming his electronics
with a fair catchiness, Trent
Reznor is Nine Inch Nails'
one-man band -- and, as a
lyricist, he's a late-'80s version of an adolescent
angster. He sings (in a nice warble) essentially
about forms of romantic agony; he's obsessed about
heartbreak in, to use his phrase, "this world of piss."
His petulant preoccupation with God is kinda
interesting; his gift for melody suggests that he's at
heart a popster; and once you get past his
portentousness, his music (especially the lovely
ballad "something i can never have") is appealing.
For some reason, this album spawned a cult.
Certainly Reznor is intense enough, in a narcissistic
way, to qualify as promising -- "pretty hate
machine," however, isn't quite earth-shaking. -- P.E
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