Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails is back With Teeth and a vengeance. Although lacking the animal sex of 1994’s classic “Closer,” these new songs are filled with anger and alienation and still pack a punch. “All the Love in the World” has the king of pain crying hard alongside beating drums and multiple voices screaming with anger. “You Know What You Are?” sounds like David Bowie-era Tin Machine bathing in violent sound with the repeating scream “Don’t you fucking know what you are?” My favorite track is “Every Day Is Exactly the Same”—Trent beaten down by the mechanization of day-to-day life. It’s not exactly “happy days are here again,” but what do you expect from him? This album is much better than 1999’s The Fragile, but it still needs to climb a bit higher out of that pit of doom and sex.