NINE INCH NAILS "The Day the World Went Away" (Nothing/Interscope)
On this calling card for NIN's upcoming album, Trent Reznor treads
dangerously close to self-parody, reheating the now-stale quiet-loud-quiet
formula he exploited to far better effect on 94's The Downward Spiral: "Day"
features a sleepy New Agey intro followed by massed guitars slapping you
awake followed by mysterious mood music and portentous poesy. "In his
voice I heard decay," runs a lyric; substitute sound for voice, and you've
arrived at the crux of Reznor's problem.
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