Review Of The Fragile
Returning from a five-year absence, Nine Inch Nails auteur Trent
Reznor discovers a sunny pop landscape beyond the once angry seas
of the alternative rock he helped mold. As fans know, the anti-pop
maestro is a Backstreet boy of a different stripe, and on this much
anticipated new double CD, he dwells where the sun rarely shines.
With more than 100 minutes of uneasy listening packed into these 23
tracks, Reznor maps an aural universe that is positively hellish -dense
with static and all the manner of dissonant and chaotic electronic
noise. But Reznor, who sings numbers like "Somewhat Damaged" and
"The Wretched" in a voice pinched by anguish, finds freedom from
torment in the complex, propulsive polyrhythms, ringing piano chords
and wisps of melody that burst like divine light onto the dark sonic
Bottom Line: Melody Fights for life in a foreboding but brilliantly
rendered musical underworld.
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