14 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trent Reznor has always worked “outside the box,” thinking up some new recording process, Web- or computer-based add-on experience, or marketing technique to spice things up. Here, he offers up the previous NIN release, Year Zero, to a handful of musicians and artists and asks for their own remixes. Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D (reading, to the careful eye, as Year Zero Remixed in “Leetspeak” – Google it if you’re not a computer geek and it’s Greek to you). To Reznor’s credit right off the top, he builds the guest list here with the skill of a real producer: remix demons PiRATE RoBOT MiDGET, indie electro-dance band The Faint, Olof Dreije of electronic duo The Knife, members of New Order, political poet/MC Saul Williams, sexy British dance-poppers Ladytron, and NIN co-conspirator Alessandro Cortini and his band ModWheelMood are among the artists at the (re)mixing board.  While we can’t say the mood is any lighter than the bleak (yet movingly so) Year Zero, knowing there’s a wide range of talent here playing with someone else’s Tinker Toys makes it a highly entertaining listening experience. You can actually hear each contributor’s own imprint on their tracks, from producer Stefan Goodchild (he of Peter Gabriel’s Real World camp) and his big percussion sounds on “The Warning,” to the adventurous strings of Kronos Quartet in “Another Version of the Truth.” Kudos to Reznor for always moving ahead, and not expending energy looking back when he’s well into his second decade of creative invention.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Trent Reznor has always worked “outside the box,” thinking up some new recording process, Web- or computer-based add-on experience, or marketing technique to spice things up. Here, he offers up the previous NIN release, Year Zero, to a handful of musicians and artists and asks for their own remixes. Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D (reading, to the careful eye, as Year Zero Remixed in “Leetspeak” – Google it if you’re not a computer geek and it’s Greek to you). To Reznor’s credit right off the top, he builds the guest list here with the skill of a real producer: remix demons PiRATE RoBOT MiDGET, indie electro-dance band The Faint, Olof Dreije of electronic duo The Knife, members of New Order, political poet/MC Saul Williams, sexy British dance-poppers Ladytron, and NIN co-conspirator Alessandro Cortini and his band ModWheelMood are among the artists at the (re)mixing board.  While we can’t say the mood is any lighter than the bleak (yet movingly so) Year Zero, knowing there’s a wide range of talent here playing with someone else’s Tinker Toys makes it a highly entertaining listening experience. You can actually hear each contributor’s own imprint on their tracks, from producer Stefan Goodchild (he of Peter Gabriel’s Real World camp) and his big percussion sounds on “The Warning,” to the adventurous strings of Kronos Quartet in “Another Version of the Truth.” Kudos to Reznor for always moving ahead, and not expending energy looking back when he’s well into his second decade of creative invention.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
176 Ratings
176 Ratings
N. Siewrattan ,

NIN for life...

I've been a NAILS fan since 'Pretty Hate Machine' (I was 17) 'Broken' & 'The Downward Spiral' were the soundtrack to my life at that time, after he (Trent Reznor) took that 5 year hiatus after 'The Fragile'. Life moved on, then without warning, 'WITH TEETH' came out (I FKN LOVED THAT ALBUM) it turned to have few of my favorite 'NAILS' songs ever, 'Right Where It Belongs' 'Sunspots' 'Getting Smaller' 'The Hand That Feeds' so it was WELL WORTH THE WAIT, so now, 'Year Zero' for whatever reason, I didn't really care for most of the songs on this album. It didn't move me like any of the previous music which was a disappointment to say the least, a year later, the 'Zero Sum' remix album came out, I'll always buy anything he puts out, I was ABSOFUCKINGUTELY blown away, the reworked & remixed versions of this batch of songs unbelievably great, it almost seems as though the remix album was the original & the album was the remix. Again, some of my all time favorite NAILS songs are on this remix album, 'The Great Destroyer' 'My Violent Heart' & what probably became my all time favorite song by NIN ever, the title track 'Zero Sum' remix, so after all my rambling here....if your new fan or older fan, this remix album is one NIN best piece of work, PERIOD!! Get it, put it on repeat in bed at night or on headphones, there isn't one bad track on here, I've also bought all the other remixed works from 'the Fragile' 'Downward Spiral' & all remix singles, they're always fun to hear different version of songs we love but the originals are always better except in this ONE CASE.

Mr.Oogie-Boogie Man ,

Mr.Oogie-Boogie Man

Well, this may seem harsh, but The Warning was totally butchered. One of my favorite NIN songs. very original halo. I wouldn't expect anything less from Trent Reznor.

rmccarthy24 ,

love this band

love what there doin to change the music industry and the fact there new album is free

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