Broken by Nine Inch Nails on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Pretty Hate Machine established Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor as a creative yet commercial recording artist; his industrial tones managed to find a groove that attracted rather than repelled an audience. Reznor, however, wasn’t just some grinder-come-lately but a technologically astute musician who understood the dynamics of intense music and who was looking for new ways to express his inner rage. Broken is the 1992 EP that firmly established his reputation and set up the anticipation for his incredibly abrasive masterwork, 1994’s The Downward Spiral. Broken begins with barely a whisper (“Pinion”) before throwing itself full-force into an industrial fan of rough-shard guitars and dramatic atmospherics. “Wish,” “Last,” and “Happiness In Slavery” form a powerful core that stands out that much more considering the overall brevity of the project. By the time the EP peaks with “Gave Up,” NIN has almost transformed into the most sonically enhanced garage band of all-time. Two additional hidden tracks are featured in a cover of Adam Ant’s “(You’re So) Physical” that features Reznor’s most sensual vocal to date, and “Suck,” a tense piece that bounces between a light funk and a doom-laden resolution.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Pretty Hate Machine established Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor as a creative yet commercial recording artist; his industrial tones managed to find a groove that attracted rather than repelled an audience. Reznor, however, wasn’t just some grinder-come-lately but a technologically astute musician who understood the dynamics of intense music and who was looking for new ways to express his inner rage. Broken is the 1992 EP that firmly established his reputation and set up the anticipation for his incredibly abrasive masterwork, 1994’s The Downward Spiral. Broken begins with barely a whisper (“Pinion”) before throwing itself full-force into an industrial fan of rough-shard guitars and dramatic atmospherics. “Wish,” “Last,” and “Happiness In Slavery” form a powerful core that stands out that much more considering the overall brevity of the project. By the time the EP peaks with “Gave Up,” NIN has almost transformed into the most sonically enhanced garage band of all-time. Two additional hidden tracks are featured in a cover of Adam Ant’s “(You’re So) Physical” that features Reznor’s most sensual vocal to date, and “Suck,” a tense piece that bounces between a light funk and a doom-laden resolution.

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About Nine Inch Nails

With shadowy beauty and ferocious intensity, Nine Inch Nails—the long-running project of multi-instrumentalist/producer/songwriter Trent Reznor—is one of the most visceral alternative acts to expand the boundaries of mainstream music. 1989’s Pretty Hate Machine established a new vernacular for musical angst, coupling Reznor’s tortured observations about broken society and bitter love with the mechanical grind of industrial rock—in a way that connected with a broad audience. That debut was followed by landmark releases in the ‘90s and ‘00s—including The Downward Spiral and The Fragile—featuring layered production and unrelentingly dark themes. Reznor’s approach outside the studio has been similarly unbounded by convention; he’s upended relationships with labels in order to safeguard his creative freedom, taken long breaks to focus on scoring films, and forged creative alliances with the likes of Tori Amos and poet Saul Williams. One of his most lasting musical partnerships has been with Atticus Ross, who co-wrote the Oscar®-winning score for The Social Network and became the only other official member of Nine Inch Nails in 2016.

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