People Weekly Magazine

April 1994

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. (Nothing/TVT/Interscope)

By Peter Castro

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