8 Songs, 31 Minutes

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 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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