The Downward Spiral
It's hard to imagine how an album that sounds as if it were recorded
on an active airport runway could be captivating, but that's what this
disc loudly achieves. Chief Nail Trent Reznor, who wrote and sings all
the material, manages to hammer enough melody into the wall of
techno-pop he has erected to produce a surprisingly palatable album.
And while Reznor hasn't written a track on Spiral that will ever see a
Billboard Top 40 chart, he has accomplished something far more
impressive -- composing a body of songs that is fresh, innovative and
mercifully unlike most of the recycled '70s tunes cramming our radios.
By Peter Castro
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is provided courtesy Keith Duemling and Tracy Thompson from the collection previously
located at SUS.