It has been four years since we last heard from Nine Inch Nails (NIN).
Four wonderful years, I might add. Now, with the release of The
Fragile, NIN uncorks chaos and despair for another generation. Lead
singer and primary lyricist Trent Reznor launches the two-disc set
with "Somewhat Damaged." Here, we find him lamenting, "Lost my
faith in everything... drink the fountain of decay." In the title track he
adds, "If I could fix myself I'd [sic] / but it's too late for me." Trent's
view of God provides a clue as to the source of his inner turmoil. In
"The Wretched" he contends: "The clouds will part and the sky cracks
open/ and God himself will reach his [expletive deleted] arm through/
just to push you down/ just to hold you down."
An interview with RollingStone noted that Reznor has cleaned up his
drug usage, gotten a hair cut and now pumps iron. Though
commendable, these external measures cannot fill the void in his soul.
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