By Håkon Moslet, October 12 1999
It took 5 years for Trent Reznor to follow up the nineties' pivotal record, "The Downward
"The Fragile" is 100 minutes of futuristic rock. Perfected noise, uncomfortable industrial
monstrous pop secures NIN an important position also at the end of the decade.
The commercial position is undisputable after 229 000 Americans ran out and bought "The
last week. Musically the album confirms Nine Inch Nails' reputation as USA's most
in the post-grunge epoch. NIN is contemporary front line rock, driven by pure angst and
desperation, finely minced and cooled down with sly and authoritarian production
avaiable with a Beatlesesqe sensitivity for melodies. "The Wall" producer Bobo Ezrin lurks
background, and when you mix the alienating feeling from this album, the dry, violent
from Manson's "The Dope Show" and the most insanely great stadium rock choruses, you
sound that gives rock of '99 a very good reputation. A grand album, just too bad Reznor
managed to weed out a couple of mediocre moments on the mastadont[sic] album.
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