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Nine Inch Nails' second studio album brought the aggression of industrial music and the fragility of ambient to the world of pop. Trent Reznor's vocals are menacing on the ferocious “March of the Pigs” and unflinchingly immediate on the techno-gothy “Closer" and the aching “Hurt." But equally vivid is his approach to electronic production; the tracks here seem to glimmer like steel and crumble like dirt. It all makes for a powerful listen from start to finish.

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The darker, harder, deeper culmination of Trent Reznors works; the Downward Spiral is to With Teeth (Nine Inch Nails last major album) as winter is to summer. Instead of a deeply political, rather steady paced album, The Downward Spiral is a heavy fast ride that refuses to let you go. It is swimming with emotion, from anger in "Mr. Self destruct" to sympathy and sorrow in "Hurt". One cannot simply prepare for this album. It is drastically different from any other piece of Nine Inch Nails Work out there. If you are a true Nin fan, do yourself a favor and buy the deluxe edition from a store. You wont regret it.

Best NIN Album, and one of my favorites.

Alot of people might find this album disturbing, but for a teenager like me and for alot of people, its amazing. With Teeth and The Fragile, while good, can simply not compare to The Downward Spiral. This album is a Concept Album, which portrays a man being tormented by the internal and external. The Downward Spiral tells the story of this journey (from start to finish) on his journey down this Spiral. Too bad they cut off the song Hurt, which is actually the ending song of this album. If you are a fan of Trent's other works, or like Industrial Heavy Metal or Electronica, you will most likely enjoy this album. -NovaFlame

Great Music!

No need to say much. It is dark,disturbing and perfect in every way. Way to go!!!


Formed: 1989 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Nine Inch Nails were the most popular industrial group ever and were largely responsible for bringing the music to a mass audience. It isn't really accurate to call NIN a group; the only official member is singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Trent Reznor, who always remained solely responsible for NIN's musical direction (he was, however, supported in concert by a regular backing band). Unlike the vast majority of industrial artists, Reznor wrote melodic, traditionally structured songs where lyrics...
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