IS IT POSSIBLE TO SELL CHALLENGING, INNOVATIVE MUSIC TO
THE masses? "On The Fragile," the long-awaited follow-up to Nine
Inch Nails' dense, aggressive "The Downward Spiral" (1994 ), Trent
Reznor will take one of the year's biggest creative leaps by attempting
just that. Tentatively due this spring and including such unorthodox
production techniques as recording a ukulele in a kitchen sink, the
possible two-CD set represents a huge commercial risk, especially in
a market flooded with Backstreet clones. "It doesn't look to me like a
singles-oriented hit pop top-of-the-charts-type album," admits the
singer. "I assume we aren't going to have super-heavy MTV rotation."
Still, "The Fragile" has the potential to be a career-defining artistic
triumph. "I just want to make a record where someone says that's a
fucking good record," says Reznor, 33. "If I fail, I fail with a good
conscience. Of course, I'll probably be singing a different tune if my
record falls off the charts in the second week."
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