Review Of The Downward Spiral
Who says misery loves company? Nine Inch Nails rests on the idea
that frustration is born of isolation. It's a formula that serves Trent
Reznor well, especially on The Downward Spiral -- the full-length
followup to 1989's Pretty Hate Machine. "Mr. Self Destruct," a song
that progresses much like the title suggests, sets the tone for most
of the album. Reznor plays the fiendish tour guide through 14 tracks
that assault the listener with their sonic extremities.
While his focus has taken on a harder edge, the new material has
some accessible moments. "Closer" is sure to be a dance hit with its
quirky electronic beats and blasphemous chorus. "Hurt" offers layers
of circuitry that brilliantly compete with Reznor's wavering vocals.
Spiral is not easy to digest. Reznor's hook is that his intensity lives up
to his ambition.
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