Review Of The Downward Spiral
One might dismiss the dark, autobiographical follow-up to 1989's
Pretty Hate Machine as self-indulgent bombast, but The Downward
Spiral is too tight and lean, snarling at the end of its chain, to do so.
Trent Reznor's broad songwriting spectrum and sheer range of volume
compensate for his narrow emotional breadth, with eternally pissed
off vocals hissing through Spiral's driving hard beats, guitar fuzz,
synth, and touches of acoustic piano. Lyrical content prevents much
radio airplay: Better grab a copy before Reznor kicks your ass and
writes a song about it.
By Colin Berry
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