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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." 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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27 great songs for 12 dollars? Sold!

This is a great album. It's got a lot of anger, with pounding electric guitars torn through with electronic noises. Here's a run-through. Mr. Self Destruct: A great opener, probably the fastest song in the album with a hardcore riff and electronic noise wiping it all out in the end. Piggy: Probably my least favorite, but it's still pretty good. Kind of swingy, and it's got some great drums by Trent Reznor about halfway through. Heresy: One of Nine Inch Nails' songs that combine electric guitar with a danceable, electronic beat. March of the Pigs: Another fast song in 7/8 beat that sticks out from all the others. Uber cool Closer: You've heard it. At first it sounds kind of simple, but the more you listen to it, the more layers of sound you hear. A masterpiece. Ruiner: Another dance/metal song. The Becoming: Probably my favorite NIN song. It's 13/4 beat melds with the drums and gives an uncomfortable feeling until the choruses. I Do Not Want this: Feels like something is closing in on Reznor. PWN! Big Man With a Gun: Chaotic, fast, and short. That's pretty much all of it. A Warm Place: Gives you a breather, it's beautifully ambient and quiet. Eraser: Cool 6/4 beat and great drums. You almost get lost in it until the vocals come in. Reptile: Cool machine sound and beat. One of my definite favorites. The Downward Spiral: A precursor to the end, it's got a lot of ambience. The ending riff type thing from Closer is on acoustic. Hurt: It's got a cool background effect where it's very staticky. Beautiful. Trent isn't singing in this song, it's his soul. Burn: Very electronicy. It takes a while to get fast enough, but once it does, it takes off. Closer (Precursor): A remix to closer. It feels like you're underwater or something in this song. Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now): A remix to Piggy. The pig noises at the beginning are annoying, but then it picks up to speed hardcore! A Violet Fluid: It's a way cool loop instrumental. If only it was longer and it had more effort into it. Dead Souls: In my opinion, it's a bit boring. It's a Joy Division cover. Hurt (Quiet): It's hurt, without the static. Closer To God: Teenage angst that you can dance to. Closer+Dancing=uber cool. All the Pigs, All lined Up: It's March of the Pigs in a 4/4 beat. After listening to MOTP so many times, it feels like it's dragging a bit. Memorabilia: Another dance track. It's a cover of Soft Cell. The Downward Spiral (The Bottom): When I downloaded the album, it didn't download properly so I don't know what's up with this song. Ruiner (Demo): It's a demo of (Wait for it) ruiner. Trent basically whispers the chorus so you can't hear it at all. Liar (Reptile Demo): It's a lot like the original. The drums and vocals sound a bit different. Heresy (Demo): It's Heresy, but slower. Well, I hope you enjoyed this. If you're reading this you're probably way back in the reviews, so I appreciate you reading all of this and letting my opinion be heard.

Evidence of Human Evolution

This is the greatest musical album ever composed by a human being. I won't go back on that statement because every song here (at least from the original release) is a favorite. It has incredible production, the songs are uniquely satisfying, and the mood follows this aggressive anger and grief throughout. In some cases, I wish I had not heard "The Downward Spiral," so I could somewhat appreciate the minimalist "With Teeth." Favorites: 1.) Mr. Self Destruct 2.) Reptile 3.) Heresy 4.) Eraser 5.) Ruiner 6.) Hurt 7.) The Downward Spiral (The Bottom)

Great Album

Probably one of the best albums on the planet, and also I'd like to point out that Nine Inch Nails didn't cover Hurt by Johnny Cash, it is actually Cash who covered Nine Inch Nails


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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