Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
The return of Nine Inch Nails comes in the sonic structures, epic style and surreal art of "The Fragile."
This 23 song masterpiece takes a journey through the dark reaches of Trent Reznor's soul, expressed in
a haunted forging of tortured guitars, dramatic strings, painful vocals and distorted experimental
soundscapes. The sounds on "The Fragile" are familiar, however manipulated, uncertain and volatile.
Nothing is what it seems and Reznor's Odyssey comes with many surprising turns and reflections as he
explores the roads less traveled on a grand cyber-art scale. "Somewhat Damaged" and "The Day The
World Went Away" represent Reznor's misery and emptiness, finding a soul-mate in tortured static and
possessed guitars. "Starfuckers, Inc." and "We're In This Together" walk the edges of post-industrial
pop with snarling cynicism and bitter optimism. "The Fragile" is a full-on art rock epic that explores the
depths of unhappiness and finds some kind of light at the end of the tunnel as it heals old wounds. The
production on "The Fragile" is breaktaking, melding surreal sonic atmospheres with captivating
contemporary sounds and martyred textures. Trent Reznor continues to redefine sound and in "The
Fragile" he takes you to depths of humanity and art never expressed in such a way. "The Fragile" is one
of the most important rock records of the 90s and one which is far beyond its time. Nine Inch Nails
continue in prolific dignity on a record that will last far into the next century.
By Jess Redmon
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