Has "Dark Side of the Moon of the '90s" been
OK, Radiohead, give it up.
Like the famous Pink Floyd record, Nine Inch
Nails' new double CD contains music to be
experienced rather than merely listened to.
Producer Trent Reznor - who for all intents and
purposes is Nine Inch Nails - has crafted a
masterpiece of sonic adventure that fuses the finest
elements of groove, electronic music and heavy
metal. Focusing mainly on human fears and
weaknesses - give us your frail, your wretched,
your fragile - Reznor deploys every musical
instrument imaginable (including the kitchen sink, I
think) while he veers from interludes of delicate,
haunting beauty to raging industrial fury. It's
presumably called "industrial" because it sounds like
it was recorded in a sawmill. Reznor uses
distortion, discord and angst like a great painter
This is not just angry noise. Actual coherent songs
lurk under what at first seems like a cacophonous
soundtrack to some surreal, post-apocalyptic
horror movie. Starf---ers Inc., which reveals
Reznor's feelings about the modern cult of celebrity
in no uncertain terms, is also certain to get your
blood pumping. No You Don't, The Wretched and
Even Deeper are other heavy highlights.
Reznor's dramatic symphony of doom sprawls
over two CDs - designated "Left" and "Right" (do
not play them both at the same time) and more than
100 minutes of some of the most fascinating music
you'll hear this year - "alternative" rock in the truest
sense of the term. The result is more than just a trip.
It's a long and challenging journey.
By MIKE ROSS Express Writer
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