February 2000

The Fragile

It has been four years since we last heard from Nine Inch Nails (NIN). Four wonderful years, I might add. Now, with the release of The Fragile, NIN uncorks chaos and despair for another generation. Lead singer and primary lyricist Trent Reznor launches the two-disc set with "Somewhat Damaged." Here, we find him lamenting, "Lost my faith in everything... drink the fountain of decay." In the title track he adds, "If I could fix myself I'd [sic] / but it's too late for me." Trent's view of God provides a clue as to the source of his inner turmoil. In "The Wretched" he contends: "The clouds will part and the sky cracks open/ and God himself will reach his [expletive deleted] arm through/ just to push you down/ just to hold you down."

An interview with RollingStone noted that Reznor has cleaned up his drug usage, gotten a hair cut and now pumps iron. Though commendable, these external measures cannot fill the void in his soul.

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This article is provided courtesy Keith Duemling and Tracy Thompson from the collection previously located at SUS.