Hesitation Marks (Deluxe Version)
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||The Eater of Dreams||Nine Inch Nails||0:52||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Copy of A||Nine Inch Nails||5:22||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Came Back Haunted||Nine Inch Nails||5:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Find My Way||Nine Inch Nails||5:15||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitAll Time Low||Nine Inch Nails||6:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Disappointed||Nine Inch Nails||5:44||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Everything||Nine Inch Nails||3:19||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Satellite||Nine Inch Nails||5:02||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Various Methods of Escape||Nine Inch Nails||5:01||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Running||Nine Inch Nails||4:07||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||I Would For You||Nine Inch Nails||4:32||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||In Two||Nine Inch Nails||5:31||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||While I'm Still Here||Nine Inch Nails||4:02||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Black Noise||Nine Inch Nails||1:29||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Find My Way (Oneohtrix Point Never Remix)||Nine Inch Nails||4:48||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitAll Time Low (Todd Rundgren Remix)||Nine Inch Nails||5:49||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||While I'm Still Here (Breyer P-Orridge "Howler" Remix)||Nine Inch Nails||7:07||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Trent Reznor In Conversation With...||Nine Inch Nails||41:58||Album Only||View In iTunes|
Retirement never suited Trent Reznor. A workaholic who tempers his obsessive nature with a healthy streak of perfectionism, Reznor has put Nine Inch Nails in hibernation before, but the difference between the five years separating 2013's Hesitation Marks and 2008's The Slip and his previous extended gaps — the half-decade between 1994's The Downward Spiral and The Fragile, the six years between The Fragile and 2005's With Teeth — is that Reznor didn't go into seclusion, he merely stepped away from NIN. David Fincher drafted him to score The Social Network in 2010 — Trent received an Academy Award for his trouble — and that same year he formed How to Destroy Angels with longtime collaborator Atticus Ross and Mariqueen Maandig. Echoes of these two projects can be heard within the disciplined, detailed Hesitation Marks but much of the album's measured mood derives from the great settling within Reznor's personal life. He married Maandig in 2009 and subsequently had two children, so he's a decidedly different musician in 2013 than he was in 1993: he's not the tortured, angry young rebel struggling with addictions and angst, he's a sober family man. Sobriety centered Reznor and working in other capacities reinvigorated him, leading to the masterful Hesitation Marks, where he cannily evokes the past within the cloak of the future while focusing on the present. Certainly, Hesitation Marks brings to mind some of the earliest Nine Inch Nails records, particularly in how it's built upon actual danceable rhythms, but the sonic palette is brighter and broader than either Pretty Hate Machine or The Downward Spiral, feeling expansive even when it's punctuated with jarring, jagged bursts of electric noise and bursts of clustered beats. Reznor enlisted a bunch of art rock vets to help achieve this coiled, cloistered sound — King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew and bassist Pino Palladino play often, Lindsey Buckingham throws in some guitar; on the deluxe edition, Todd Rundgren Utopia-fies "All Time Low" with layers of harmonies — and the additional musicians help keep the album open. Even if "Everything" — a surprising power pop rush that's easily the most exuberant Nine Inch Nails has ever sounded — was excised, Hesitation Marks would qualify as the most hopeful NIN album ever. Pain still punctuates the lyrics, Reznor still slides into moody black pools of sound, but there is no wallowing here, no fetishization of darkness. There is shade and light within Reznor's immaculate constructions, there is the ebb and flow of life, there is joy within the sheer sheets of sound. Hesitation Marks makes it quite clear that Trent Reznor is no longer an angry young man but rather a restless, inventive artist who is at peace with himself, and the result is a record that provides real, lasting nourishment. [A Deluxe Edition added extended remixes from Oneohtrix Point Never, Todd Rudgren, and Genesis P-Orridge.]
Nothing Can Stop Him Now
At first listen which was the unofficial radio ripped stream I was more eh, than excited. But like every NIN song there is more under the layers than what is just on the surface. To truly appreciate what you are about to or are listening to you must dig deeper and deeper down until you get to the core of the song/album. There are many layers to uncover and more appear with every new listen, from the guitar riffs by Adrian Belew and the synth by Alessandro Cortini, and of course Trent Reznor's voice screaming of past trials with new experiences that he can not stay away from NIN and that no matter how hard he tries, "Nothing can stop him now, not even himself". "Came Back Haunted" is the first single being released from the 8th studio album "Hesitation Marks" by NIN.
Having listened to both of the new singles and now the entire album I can honestly say I am really disappointed. This album has no soul it feels like a continuation of "the Slip" which was a very underwhelming release for NIN. Trent needs to go back to what made him great Wish, Broken, Pretty Hate Machine, Downward Spiral. The only part of this release that is even remotely interesting is towards the end of the album.
Anyone that grew up with NIN through the 80's and 90's knows this is terrible in comparison to earlier works. It is something I would expect on a Sophmore or Junior release not someone that is established. This release is completely devoid of Trent's signature edginess and instead replaced by minimalistic bleeps, chirps and other rather annoying repetitive old school analog sounds. I honestly feel like I am listening to Glitch instead of a band that was one of the founders of industrial music and brought industrial to the mainstream before there was any label to apply to the music. This release is an insult to Trents great work and brillance throughout the years.
For those that will bash me and say "do you want the guy depressed etc.?" This isnt about that, it is about culminating years of a certain sound to suddenly dumb it down and minimalize its layers to a Glitch style. Its like Aerosmith suddenly sounding like Metallica, it doesn't work. Each band has a signature sound once they are established that sound is what establishes them and what fans come to expect. In the realm of industrial their is a lot of room to move and grow. This unfortunately was a move in the wrong direction.
A More Mature Piece
This album is a far cry from the days of Broken and The Downward Spiral but you can still feel remnants of them bleeding through in tracks like "Satellite" and "Various Methods of Escape". The first thing the listener will notice on this album has a more rigid and electronic percussion section. The days of hard rock, acoustic drum driven, thrashing Nine Inch Nails seem to be done. In it's place are tracks with more complex textures and and a much more minimal approach.
1 - The Eater of Dreams - An excellent into piece that sets the same kind of brooding and visceral tone that Pinion introduced in broken. Overall the track sets the diversified tone of the resulting album.
2 - Copy of a - This track is a steady stomp that breaks down into a chorus reminiscent of Ringfinger and some of the Sin remixes. The guitars in this track are a very interesting textural flavor that brings back tastes of Complication from The Fragile.
3 - Came Back Haunted - The first single that seems to be flavored more like some of the later tracks off "Year Zero" like "The Warning" or "The Great Destroyer". It follows a similar vibe as "Copy of a" while building upon the layer thickness that the aforementioned started. Tastes of "Pretty Hate Machine" barely drip through.
4 - Find My Way - This is a deep track with Trent having the same vocal pizzaz as a young Greg Dulli. The vocals seem beautifully atonal at times which really adds to the tracks unsettling nature. The droning guitars almost emulate the voices of hell screaming in agony. A truly haunting track.
5 - All Time Low - Mostly clean toned but delayed guitars are heavily featured on this Prince-like funk thump. The track has a perfect visceral yet slimy feel that lets you hear the animosity through the falsetto vocal chorus. Trent's tongue is so far in his cheek, you can hear it bleed.
6 - Disappointed - I see this track as a spiritual continuation of "Find My Way". The verse vocals are delivered very loose and filtered while ukeleles and guitars pluck and drone in the background. I can really hear the "Ghosts" album in this track.
7 - Everything - This controversial track among fans is easily one of the most misunderstood of Trent's career. With a feel that mimics The Cure, the track is driven by a flamboyant guitar riff that flows up and down the major scale. The difference between the chorus and the verse should indicate how much this song is about mixed feelings and bittersweet success.
8 - Satellite - When this track started, I knew I was going to love it. Just like "Find My Way" and "Disappointed" are spiritual brethren, I feel like this track is very closely related to "All Time Low". This funk/dance sound really works well for Reznor and he plays it up nicely with a huge guitar drone solo and various synths reminiscent of those found in "The Fragile" and "Year Zero".
9 - Various Methods of Escape - This is easily my favorite track on the album. A click based glitch drum kit drives what sounds like pitch bent wind chimes and calliope samples played at different speeds and octaves. If you aren't hearing this, listen to the verses VERY closely. They are buried in the mix. The chorus has a raw and almost grungy feel much like the track "The Fragile" did. The sorrow over his introverted lifestyle comes to light here.
10 - Running - The Reznor whisper is back and sounds just as haunting as ever. More ukes and plucked strings drive a very active kick drum dotted with passages of guitar noise that reminds me of a Josh Homme piece played on a failing computer.
11 - I Would For You - Fans of the slithering crawl found in "Reptile" may feel at home on this track. The verse is cut razor sharp by a electronic hi hat and industrial hydraulic sounding synths that give the track a familiar ebb and flow. The chorus continues with an all out barrage of vocal symphony and chainsaw guitar solos which conjure memories of the first time I heard "We're In This Together".
12 - In Two - Here is more of the Nine Inch Nails we are used to hearing with some vocal effects that we haven't heard from Reznor before. As I listen to this track again and again, I may have to revise my favorite track statement made before. This is The Downward Spiral V2.0 and Trent really wants you to know it. Wonderful blend of pure noise and melodic vocal harmonies. Easily the most dynamic track on the album.
13 - While I'm Still Here - A brass section finishes this track with a sonic hodgepodge that brings back feelings of "Capital G" and the reed blowing intro to "Eraser". Brooding textures and self-loathing lyrics from the man who does it best. I would swear Trent is channeling John Cage with the "prepared piano" samples found on this track. Really great song for feelings of well repressed rage and abandonment.
14 - Black Noise - A direct continuation of the percussion found in the previous track, this orgasm of sound grows and shifts with guitar feedback and preamp noise until suddenly… Nothing. A fitting end to an album that demands a sequel.
I eagerly await the next offering from Trent Reznor. Until then, this may be the best album I have heard from Nine Inch Nails since 1999's 'The Fragile'.
Formed: 1989 in Cleveland, OH
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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- Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Metal, Adult Alternative, Electronic, Industrial, Hard Rock
- Released: Sep 03, 2013
- ℗ 2013 Null Corporation, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment
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