6 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bad Witch was first envisioned as the final installment in an EP trilogy, following 2016’s Not the Actual Events and 2017’s Add Violence. But, wary of falling into patterns of musical predictability, Trent Reznor scrapped the concept, and instead released the project as NIN’s ninth, and shortest, full album. It feels like pure experimentation—a direct rebuttal to that sameness he was worried about. It alternates between anxious beats, jarring vocals (“Ahead of Ourselves”), and intriguing ambience (“I’m Not from This World”), clearly influenced by Reznor’s masterful score compositions for films including The Social Network and Gone Girl.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bad Witch was first envisioned as the final installment in an EP trilogy, following 2016’s Not the Actual Events and 2017’s Add Violence. But, wary of falling into patterns of musical predictability, Trent Reznor scrapped the concept, and instead released the project as NIN’s ninth, and shortest, full album. It feels like pure experimentation—a direct rebuttal to that sameness he was worried about. It alternates between anxious beats, jarring vocals (“Ahead of Ourselves”), and intriguing ambience (“I’m Not from This World”), clearly influenced by Reznor’s masterful score compositions for films including The Social Network and Gone Girl.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5

249 Ratings
249 Ratings

Something Different

Aaronstone4real

From what I’ve heard with “God Break Down the Door” this is shaping up to be unlike any previous Nine Inch Nails work. This is complex and interesting, so cool.

New NIN

Chaliemon

It is a good day when we get some new NIN!

Trying to channel David Bowie?

Kurt Loder

His last few releases have been disappointing, and this new single seems to be heading down that road. He's a family man now and his music seems to have lost that angry edge that I really liked about it ... Too bad .

About Nine Inch Nails

With shadowy beauty and searing intensity, Nine Inch Nails—the long-running project of multi-instrumentalist/producer/songwriter Trent Reznor—expanded the scope of mainstream music. Scrutinizing humanity, relationships, and society, Reznor shapes deeply internalized thoughts into accessible, exciting sound. 1989’s Pretty Hate Machine brought this introspective curiosity and synth-heavy industrial rock to a broad audience, while landmark releases The Downward Spiral and The Fragile stunned with coarse guitars and striking ferocity. Nine Inch Nails is continuously evolving—experimenting with new formats and ideas, including the turbulent 2007 concept album Year Zero, about a dystopian futuristic USA, and the textured minimalism of 2013’s Hesitation Marks. Unbounded by convention, Reznor has upended relationships with labels in order to safeguard his artistic freedom and forged creative alliances with outsider champions like David Bowie, Saul Williams, and David Lynch, while longtime collaborator Atticus Ross became the only other official member of Nine Inch Nails in 2016.

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