By Stein Østbø, October 6 1999
Towards complete desintegration
Unsurprisingly, it's a world on the verge of complete desintegration Trent Reznor presents
Nine Inch Nails releases an album for the first time in five years.
The depiction of the fragile, transient human barely on the outside of total chaos is
a tremendous spread in compositions - from fragmented, industrial soundcollages to
suggestive melodies with the power dynamics we know so well from earlier NIN.
"The Fragile" is a double CD, and therefore an hour and a half of raging NIN noise is a little
much. But few people create heavier or better rock moods than NIN in songs like "The Day
World Went Away", "The Wretched" and "The Mark Has Been Made". "The Fragile" is a
complete masterpiece, which could have done with a little editing.
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