I had Pretty Hate Machine, Broken and Fixed but I never really thought they deserved all the hype surrounding them, I think what blew it for me was the infamous Broken video, that was just silly.
I do still give Pretty Hate Machine the odd spin once in a while but I realy have to be in the right mood.
One of my three favorite bands along with Pink Floyd and Tool. I can still remember when i was a freshman in college going down to Pittsburgh to visit a friend who I asked to give me something to listen before I went to bed. He gave me Pretty Hate Machine and I was blown away. I had never heard anything quite like it and fell in love instantly. I remember counting down the days of the long awaited release of Broken and hitting the record stores the day it was released. The ep was very different but I loved it as I was a fan of heavier music anyways. It was some of the first industrial music I was introduced and made me seek out more of the same. Broken remains my all time favorite release. Such great angst and emotion.
I wasn't too thrilled with Fixed and then had to wait for what seemed like forever for The Downward Spiral to be released. Such a great concept cd and was happy that Closer was given air time and others were discovering what a great musician Reznor was. Wasn't too wild on Further Down the Sprial though.
The Fragile was another high quality release and love that double cd. Things Falling Apart and And All That Could Have Been are also amazing releases. I wasn't wild on With Teeth although I had a house fire at that time so not sure if that had anything to do with it (but still have revisited the cd and it still doesn't capture my attention compared to his other works).
Year Zero was a nice rebound and the remix cd is even better. The Slip is alright but half of it is forgettable. I'll be interested to see what he does next. I love that he also gives a "Fuck You" to the corporate music industry.
2. The Fragile
3. Downward Spiral
4. Pretty Hate Machine
6. Things Falling Apart
7. Year Zero
8. And All That Could Have Been/Still
(All eight of those are STELLAR!)
6. The Slip
8. With Teeth
10. Further Down The Spiral
it took me so long to get into The Fragile but i fuckin love that cd. not a big fan of their new shit but i like it. have all their cds, imports, remixes all that shit. Fav. song is on the Sin ep, 'Get Down Make Love' cover of Queens song. Very dark and disturbing, also love the video for the song 'Burn'. That shit is fucked!!!
Huge NIN fan here. Although their newer stuff is less brutal, I still love it. I get bored of bands if they just re-hash the same stuff again and again. A different direction is always a good thing. I have to admit to playing Pretty Hate Machine the most though despite that.
'Only two things are infinite - the universe and human stupidity....and I'm not so sure about the universe.' Albert Einstein
Everything he's done post- Fragile (save Still) has been absolutely terrible. The first 3 albums and Broken are quality though. I wish he'd get back on a record label so they could tell him what he's been making lately isn't worth releasing and to go back and write better songs.
Kick-Ass - 9/10
The Human Centipede - 7/10
Iron Man 2 - 5.5/10
A Nightmare on Elm Street '84 - 8/10
A Nightmare on Elm Street '10 - 3/10
I dig them a lot and actually like all of the albums for their own reasons. The Fragile is probably my favorite. Ghosts is really cool too.
I feel like they've matured with every album, which I like a lot. I probably would've stopped listening to them if they were still churning out angsty bullshit. I can't stand bands that stick to the 'Grrr angry angry' mentality. Because eventually angst just becomes childish and forced. You can only listen to a spoiled rockstar whine and shout about bullshit for so long.
I don't think With Teeth is as bad as people make out. All the Love in the World is a neat song in particular.