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The Downward Spiral

Nine Inch Nails

1994

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The Downward Spiral

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3.25

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One of the most original and innovate rock albums of all time. Nobody combines aggression, melody, and sonic experimentation as well as Trent Reznor does.

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Hello, old friend. I'm not too familiar with NIN, but I do like Trent Reznor, especially for his more recent work on film scores. I was telling Andrew I've listened to this twice before, both times because he recommended it (the second time I forgot I had already listened to it). Here on the third listen, I do find myself enjoying it more. Maybe it's because recognition is now on my side, as I remember a lot of the tracks. But it's a good album. Very abrasive sonically, very dark lyrically, but some songs still feature an unmistakable groove. There are a few tracks that I skip though, which prevents this from getting four stars from me. Otherwise this is a solid project. Favorite tracks: Reptile, Closer, Heresy, Hurt. Album art: Grimy and gritty I guess, but pretty boring. The earthy minimalism doesn't match the industrial, maximal music. It's recognizable at this point, but still a weak cover. 3.5/5

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5

Devastating and depressing in the best possible way.

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NIN taps into every feeling you’ve ever had of anger, rage, sadness, jealousy, regret, and hurt, and puts it on record. Trent Reznor communicates people’s darkest emotions and impulses here, without ever sounding inhuman. He took all of humanity’s darkest emotions and feelings and made them relatable, and that’s what drives these songs into the upper echelon.

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5

Possibly my favorite album of all-time. A timeless masterpiece of modern music. 10/10

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Like the nick cage of music, everything either screamed or whispered

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5

Downright harrowing!

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5

Younger me loved this record. Still think Johnny's version of "Hurt" beats this one, but Trent Reznor agrees so it's cool. Favorite tracks: "March of the Pigs", "Heresy"

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5

Not his best but still an amazing album.

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Perfect, 10/10

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5

Not my favorite NIN album but still amazing!

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5

Well shit. This is the album that I've listened to more than any other over the last year. That means that I know it really well, but it's tough to rate because I'm kind of at the end of my love affair with this album (also the world is less depressing so it doesn't fit my mood as well). After relistening to it, fuck it. This is an outstanding album from beginning to end. Easily my favorite NIN album. 5/5

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Really good but depressing

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Love it

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Love this album. Didn't even need to listen to it today. But I did.

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Great album

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5

What a great album!

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5

Amazing

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5

Another favorite! Amazing production. Sounds as fresh and new as it did when it came out.

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Gravat al poligon de Llinars

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it's a five NEXT

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Obra maestra del hard rock alternativo de los 90 y cumbre en la discografía de los NIN. Durísimo y desgarrador, hiperproducción ensordecedora de las que dejan heridas para toda la vida. Brutal.

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First couple tracks, it's pretty out there. Good though. Can tell its had a lot of thought put into it. I had already heard 'Closer' (limp Bizkit ripped it off). A lot of religious connotations. Last track 'Hurt' is one of my favourite tracks of all time. Liked it. 5/5.happily own it on vinyl

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Loved it, could be hard to hear it but is an awesome álbum

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The first CD I ever bought was the remix version of this album, so we go way back. Dark, sonically intense, noise in all the right places, and big dynamic shifts. Love it.

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Quality

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Intentionally abrasive music that grinds, gnashes, and snarls are you. Reznor is putting his production skills on full display from the word "go", using dynamics as a tool to make the loudness hit harder than ever. Drums hit you like a punch, square in the jaw. The Downward Spiral also shows Reznor's flexibility, as he from loud, exciting bangers to slow, building jams that give room for experimentation. Reznor is not afraid to work outside the box, playing into the thematic elements of mental illness and mania. He does these magnificent pieces of songwriting with each song it's incredible. Like ever frame is a painting, every song is a case study. Bring March of the Pigs of music class and dissect that marvelous piece of work. I have no reservations about the "angsty" or abrasive bits of NIN. That's kind of the whole jam. I love it. I think the front half is stronger than the first half but overall it's the best stuff to come out of the 90's.

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Awesome

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This is quite simply one of the greatest albums ever written. It’s still jaw droppingly fresh and it’s nearly 30 years old. I’ve listened to it hundreds of times and still feel like I hear new things. It’s easily the simplest ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’ve dished out so far

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Visceral, disgusting, disturbing, amazing. An album that makes me feel quezy but exhilarated every time I listen to it.

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Quite simply one of the greatest albums ever recorded. Masterpiece

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5

Wow I'm on a streak. I started this list because I wanted to discover new music but it's always a welcome surprise to get the classics I grew up on.

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Fantastic, don't think I've actually heard Hurt in context before and it makes it that much more powerful.

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Well, I'm not the Nine Inch Nails fan I was when I was 16, but it would be disingenuous to not give this album a 5. Trent's output after The Fragile has been largely terrible outside of Ghosts and some soundtrack work, but in the mid 90s, he was riding a creative high. Downward Spiral was more in tune with industrial's roots than a lot of his contemporaries like Skinny Puppy and Ministry but also comfortably couched in the alternative rock of the era. This was a great entry point and also a strong display of songwriting and cohesive theme and storytelling. It's not without its flaws, but it's a classic.

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I've always had a penchant for listening to songs on repeat, ad nauseum "Closer" was one of those songs Most of The Downward Spiral is a bit screamy for me, but it gave me "Closer" so I'm rating it high Noteworthy tracks : A Warm Place + Reptile

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Great music, designed to deliver emotion, which it does succesfully. Puching and gritty.

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A rich chocolate cake of indulgent angst, an absolute blast to listen to!

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Yeah I love this album. Any music that has this primal feeling automatically gets some serious points from me. Another example: AVA by Model/Actriz. It has all the things that I tend to love. It has beautiful abrasiveness. It has some very interesting rhythmic ideas. It has lyrics that actually pull me into them! You cannot zone out when Trent is on the mic. This album makes me dance like a stripper and then feel really bad about doing so. That’s special.

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I remember all of the weird kids in middle school wore NIN and Tool shirts. And now here I am kinda loving both bands. It's weird how Trent Reznor combines so many sounds without sounding contrived. A song like Heresy has a pulsing beat and an intense screaming chorus, yet he manages to almost invoke tones of Prince in the verses. I never listened to this album until I was an adult, but I think if I would've found this at a younger (read: more angsty) age, I would've wore it out.

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I learned a lot of things about this album today: that it was recorded in the Sharon Tate house, that it's more than Hurt and the "fuck you like an animal" song, and that you can hear shades of Reznor's future film soundtrack work in it. A lot more complex than I gave it credit for. Best track: Hurt

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This album is a doozie! Overall I appreciate the minimal/maximal approach they take, ebbing in and out of quiet understatement and overblown soundscapes. At a few moments some of the sexual aggression felt disturbing. Some excellent songs here though including some classics (Hurt, Closer), and a very good album.

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Noisy, dissonant, complex yet captivating, explosive, aggressive, beautifully discordant, dark and powerful

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I didn't properly appreciate Nine Inch Nails until a few years ago but I now think they/he are excellent. The sound design is always first rate. There's a lot of noise but that's usually underpinned by a strong groove or melody. Definitely music to get lost in. And obviously it's bleak AF, so there's points for that... I'll give it a 4 or 4.5. I don't think it maintains the same quality over the whole 65 minutes, but then it isn't easy to match classics like Closer and Hurt.

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Trent Reznor certainly has a unique and original sound. And this is probably his strongest album. I used to own this album and a couple NIN Eps back when I was a teenager but ended up trading them back to get something else cause there was just never a time/place to play them. I give him big points for his sonic inventiveness in incorporating samples and noise and all that texture/atmosphere but I find the relentlessly dark/heavy mood and lyrics to be absolutely exhausting/draining by the end. I'd probably enjoy this much more as an instrumental album. Amazing that "closer" was a hit single. That post "Nevermind" era was incredible the way it opened the floodgates for things like this to at least temporarily become part of the mainstream.

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This happpened to my buddy eric

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I really didn't like this much. I guess it wass cool to the teenage angst in the 90s

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Too indistinguishable from noise, but Closer

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Not my cup of tea. Some smart transitions, but it didn't make itself an enjoyable and memorable experience given my music taste

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Ehh interesting enough. Just not my style

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Sorry, just not my cup of tea. I don't enjoy the screaming and dissonant tones and explicit content.

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I know there is a lot of love for trent and nine inch nails but I didnt enjoy the album.

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This album is too obviously crafted to unironically contain the lyrics: "I just don't care anymore" The songs are mostly dull, build up to nowhere, and I value my hearing too much to turn it up enough to actually hear the vocals on most of them. The highlight of the album is the final song, which is only interesting because Cash covered it.

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Bad, can’t understand anything

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Couldn't stomach it. Too noisy, too much of an assault. Life's too short and there's too much good music to bother persevering!

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Just typical Trent Reznor/NIN music. Never my thing. Closer was the best song on this. Hurt was also on this. 3/10.

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Oh dear! The Becoming was the first track to play on my shuffle. Don't know if I will be able to listen to the whole album? A Warm Place was ok, but like every other track it featured a lot of industrial noise. Difference between noise and music? Mainly 'listened' to this whilst drying my hair, so hairdryer drowned out most of it.

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I think this album would make a great soundtrack for a Fast and Furious movie but I did not enjoy listening to it.

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Terrible punk stuff

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“The Downward Spiral” by Nine Inch Nails (1994) I’ve heard of this group (and have seen a lot of NIN bumper stickers) but have never listened to this album. This album goes beyond what I’m able to assess. I can only observe. Generating complex layers of unidentifiable (to me, at least) electronic sounds, the music serves as a suitable vehicle for the extraordinarily dark, obscene, nihilistic, murderous, and suicidal lyrics. I’m sure it was a commercial success. The instrumentals that I can recognize seem competently performed (drums, synthesizers, bass guitar). The vocals are unimpressive, but I can’t imagine the singer had any intention of impressing a listener like me. The lyrics are what I used to call evil, culturally destructive, harmful, hateful, and immature. I don’t use those terms anymore. The anti-cultural (anti-human) mindset of Nine Inch Nails has prevailed. My side lost. I’m reduced to sitting in the back row watching the shit show. Consider the lyric “God is dead and no one cares.” Well, this assertion can be accepted only by someone who chooses to ignore the plain evidence. A lot of people care that God is dead, including all public atheists, and also including the author of this lyric. The assertion can thus be reduced to nonsense. The lyrics on “Big Man with a Gun” don’t quite rise to the level of pornography. Self destruction is contrary to nature. But for lyricist Reznor, “nature” is probably a construct that is not even worth deconstructing. Just throw it away. Or rather leave it lying in the anti-cultural sewer for someone else to deal with. Reznor is rather occupied with self absorbed self loathing (and getting rich off it. Why, in bumper sticker sales alone, he can comfortably retire). One of the several strengths of this album (in addition to creative use of time signatures, etc.) is the conceptual unity, progressing to a self-hating conclusion. That was a difficult sentence to write. This album sounds like it could have been recorded at the site of the earlier Manson murders. It sounds like it could have contributed the mindsets of later mass murderers, thus influencing a whole string of mass murders. It was and it did. 1/5

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Again not worth listening to. Liked the beat for Closer but did not appreciate the lyrics. There’s another Pass from this gal.

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Lots of nope - I gave it a shot

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So I’ve actually heard this one before and remembered hating it. There were moments where the drums made me feel like I was almost listening to music but.. no I still really don’t like it. Still can’t believe Johnny Cash was like - yea I could cover this.

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could not finish. was not angry enough

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A bit too heavy for me, i don’t really enjoy the vocals on most tracks, I prefer more melodic music. Though I can appreciate the industrial drum sounds. I really love “Closer”, it feels so funky and I can hear the influence of that song on bands like AWOLNATION.

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I don't really get it. Not my sort of thing.

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I can see how this isn't for everyone, but it sure does hit my spot. A real life sickos.jpg situation. At the time, I loved this album for the pounding manic tracks like "Mr Self Destruct" and "Big Man With A Gun", but these days I appreciate all the little dark ambient flourishes that connect them. You can definitely hear the signature sound that they've brought to all the score work they've done. The soundtrack to the Watchmen series is _badass_. Fave track - "Hurt" is an obvious choice - amazing song. This version's great, even if the Cash version is better. This play through, though, I'm gonna go with "Eraser", as it had that lovely soundtracky feel...

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Great record but it's a genre (90's alt rock) that forever has a soft spot in my heart so I'm crazy biased. I'm not the biggest NIN fan outside of this record. I think I had The Fragile back in the day and I've listened to some of their more recent stuff every now and again. I think this is the most guitar-oriented record of theirs, which is probably why I connect with it the most. Could be wrong because I haven't listened much very recent stuff but I know I checked out a few of their records in the late 00's and it seemed they were going a more electronic direction. For me, Reznor doesn't have the most compelling vocals (they're fine) but the soundscapes he produces are top notch. Having said that, he does have a decent scream. Some of the songs on this are actually pretty strong under the roar of the guitars and synths. Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt can attest to that since it proves that it meets the old rule: If it doesn't work on an acoustic guitar it's not actually a good song. Great stuff, from the intro sampling THX 1138 to the final crackling end.

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🤯😍 A master work of angst and raw emotion. Incredible sonic textures and layers. I love the rawness and power of this album, and the way it effortlessly shifts from tone to tone

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Holy fucking shit!!!!!! Holy fucking shit!!!!!!!!!!!! What an incredible album. The whole thing. It's a full experience. One listen was not enough, I need so much more time with this album before I can understand and appreciate it fully. This rules so much. It's incredible. Every song is so strong. Closer is so overplayed, Hurt is so overplayed, I was not expecting to really care for either song when they came on, but every song works so fucking well when it's all put together like this. Every song is so important in the album. Every song is so great, it all blends together but absolutely stands alone. Mr. Self Destruct into Piggy is a masterful way to open an album, Closer into Ruiner is a really great transition and Ruiner overall is a really cool song with a lot going on. I don't want to go on for too long but I really can. There is so much here. This album is fantastic. I love it so much. So glad I got the chance to listen to it here.

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Rules

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I know Closer and Hurt, and love both (though prefer Johnny Cash's version of the latter). The rest I'm less familiar with. Mr Self Destruct is a great opener, pitching somewhere between Suicide and Metallica. Piggy is a fun funky jazzy thing. Possibly a minute longer than it needs to be. Heathen is amazingly heavy and fun, Closer is a stone cold classic, A Warm Place is ambient beauty and Hurt is gorgeous in either version. This is a stunning album. A little chubby in the middle, maybe, but seven years later, Radiohead used some very similar tricks and got hailed as geniuses. I feel like maybe Trent Reznor's love of heaviness and slightly OTT edginess meant less people took NIN as seriously as they deserved to be taken at the time.

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4.6 - It's funny how high school clicks have had such an impact on my musical diet even to this day. I should've listened to this album decades ago but it was a staple of the freaks and goths - groups I was too scared to associate with. I've always loved "Closer" - so much intricacy in the arrangement, and the razor edge in the lyrics appeals to a real sense of lust. Listening to the entire album, I hear Trent Reznor as a perfectionist who's painstakingly dialed in every sound, every moment to maximize impact. No detail is left examined and reexamined. But somehow it ends up sounding crisp, dynamic and dark.

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It's an album you just want to play LOUD. As loud as you can stand. Pure 90s industrial rock, in all the good ways. Yet for as loud as you want to play it the music is dark and depressing, but sometimes that's just what you need.

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A classic. I don't know how many times I've had conversations about this album or the music video for Closer.

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NIN has been and continues to be one of my favorite bands, and one of the most consistently good over their career. Downward Spiral is among my favorite albums of theirs, surprising nobody.

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January 20th 2022. The best of this album IMO: - Piggy - March Of The Pigs - Closer - Ruiner - Eraser - Reptile - The Downward Spiral - Hurt Raw, powerful, visceral, animalistic. Sexy. Twisted. Demented. I want Trent Reznor to whisper the word "piggy" to my ears over and over again. 🤫 Same for the lyrics of "Closer". The Downward Spiral song is driving me crazy. Phenomenal album. 4.5/5

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Wall of sound experience

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9/10

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Electronic in substance, hard rock in spirit. This is confrontational and challenging

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Трент Резнор гений

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-An awesome industrial metal album -"Heresy," "Closer," "Ruiner," "I Do Not Want This," and "Eraser" stand out as really strong tracks

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Simultaneously dark and catchy. Brooding and angry. I'm not usually big on industrial but I've always liked NIN. This is album just takes you to such a dark place but it's got a hell of a soundtrack on the way. It's great. There's a reason why I still hear Closer on the local rock station almost 30 (yikes I'm getting old) years later. Or maybe the local station is behind the times. That's a debate for another time.

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Incredible album and really gnaws at you when you listen to it. Really unsettling.

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Banging tunes and great guitars ... Loved it.

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One of the best!

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Exceptional, uncomfortable, repetitive, draining, occasionally enjoyable, but mostly awkward, and always always moves the listener. One of the most starling albums I have listened to, and still sounds as fresh and unsettling as it always did. Awesome, in every possible sense of the word!

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Excellent. Ce band a défini un courant. Cet album fait le pont entre une musique expérimental, la recherche d’un son nouveau, une attitude métal et les pistes de dance.

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Infinite stars! One of the best albums of all time (to me)

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See also Marilyn Manson Antichrist/era

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Not my favorite NIN but really good. Hurt is a classic

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Inget större fan av NIN men ett extremt välgjort album.

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Dude can you imagine if Johnny Cash covered this whole thing

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4

Great NIN, but just not my typical speed.

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A classic NIN album, definitely deserving of its place on this list.

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Closer and March of The Pigs are my favorite songs. Album is very cohesive. 1st time listening to the whole album.

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Not my favorite of theirs but a classic.

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Not an album for work, grindy and tough on the soul but powerful

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Pretty dope vibes, instruments were carefully used and effectively some great affects 4.2

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Treads the line between crunchiness and atonality adroitly.

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I enjoyed the aesthetic of the album more than I enjoyed the actual music. There are certainly some great songs here, but it's got filler on it too. I'm glad I heard it and I might even come back to it, but it didn't bowl me over start to finish.

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Haiku Tuesday: Depression; Success Give attention to his pain Let's profit, baby

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Intense

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A dreadfully depressing album, but that’s part of what makes it great. Not my favorite in the NIN discography, but still an excellent album.

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I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. I feel like this album was more influential than I ever know. A lot of the songs sounded very 90s in a good way, like a lot of other bands were trying to replicate the sound.

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Tuesday album haiku:### Iron, concrete, wood, stone ### Decorate your soul with thorn ### Hammers in your hands ###

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I used to do dramatic readings of this album's lyrics when I was a Freshman in college, but are classics and while I don't always feel precisely what is expressed in these songs, my adolescence was off frustration and anger and the desire to do something meaningful. Trent has really evolved has a significant producer of sound. And I think it's interesting that we listened to him right after Brian Eno. I know all of us who have grown up with John Williams scores can attest to our emotional connection to sounds and images and feelings. I was reading an article about how sound influenced or emotional reactions to content. Classic album, I had a couple of early NIN albums, I will definitely listen to more.

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Very experimental sounds, a few too weird songs but overall I like it

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I liked it, but don't think it's something I could listen to for longer than one album at a time. Also almost a bit too intense to listen to during work.

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Big fan! Some filler in between but it creates a really uneasy, uncomfortable feeling. It’s no wonder Reznor went into film scoring.

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typical Trent Reznor

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Veoma ritmičan i mračan album. Instrumentali su bolji nego ih se sjećam i dosta mi je drago što su random ovaj album izabrali. Pasao je na ovaj tmuran dan, a mogu tek mislit kakav bi bio po noći. Glas ima sirov, oštar, a u par slučajeva i miran, dosta prilagođavanja na instrumental. Dosta agresivan album, ne previše, pa je zapravo to i dobro za mene. Ne govore bezveze da je ovo njihov najjači album u njihovom katalogu. 3.9/5

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Industrial angst

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Trent Reznor creates some u inquest music and I’ve always enjoyed their bigger hits. The whole album is pretty good but just short of great. The songs are dark and instrumentals are experimental. 8.3/10

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Well that was interesting. A very intimate picture of a man going though some shit, thats for sure. Some real standout lyrics on that one.

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wanna give it a 4.5. can't get enough of that angsty horny shit. more pig content than I remembered??

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i can't believe Hurt is a bonus track more musical than I would have expected

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Några riktiga guldkorn. T ex closer och hurt

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Great industrial sound. My biggest gripe is the mix. The vocals are way turned down and get drowned out by the music. Other than that, this is a very cathartic album. Trent Reznor is the best at what he does

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Een album om af en toe eens ongemakkelijk bij te voelen, en dat is best oké. Heel unieke sound, maar niet meteen iets om opnieuw volledig op te leggen

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4

Great songs on this, I'd give it 5 stars, but I've always found some of the piggy stuff distrubing.

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Been a really long time since I’ve listened to this one. I don’t love it but man you can’t say it wasn’t revolutionary. Absolutely amazing command of sound. Easy to see how Reznor has successfully done so many soundtracks. He gets emotional music.

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yes.

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This was solid, knew some tracks from this album but over all great album

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Not the same impact as Pretty Hate Machine, and I remember the slight disappointment after the long wait. + the album's sequencing, a classic NIN song (Hurt), all the instrumental bits, the high level of detail in the music (+5) -: the straightforwardness of the concept, the standard industrial template of the proper songs (-0.5) and especially the awkward lyrics (-1). Final mark: 5 - 1.5 = 4

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Though reputation and age exceed this album somewhat, the care put into it is still clear. The peaks of it's brutality are what really shine.

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Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Mr. Selfdestruct, March of the pigs, Hurt

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4

Banger. Literally.

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This album is a bit abrasive and intense for a normal day, however it can’t be denied, it’s a fantastic album. Trent Reznor’s voice wavers between razor blade and buzzsaw, the lonely samples sound far away and lost, the guitar effects and driving baselines sound like cold metal in a defunct factory. This is industrial music. It’s both beautiful and too much at the same time. You can hear the influences, new wave, metal and techno in this mashup. You can hear Reznor’s theatrical appreciation and resulting aesthetic—a prelude to his very successful film score career. I think Closer and Hurt are both masterpieces which can be played on loop. I was very close to giving this a 5, even though it was a downer for the afternoon, but there’s a bit of filler, a few dongs which were threes and it just barely didn’t reach the eschelon of every song is good. 4.

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Incredible use of dynamics and automation. This was such an innovative album and still sounds fresh and relevant. Full of darkness and menace, simply fantastic. Top tracks: Closer, Eraser, Hurt

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Has the song Hurt. Excellent album, but not quite a 5.

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When I started this I was hoping I'd get at least a few albums that I knew well. Sex Pistols and now this one have helped me reach that goal, but it's kind of mildly disappointing to not have something new to dive into. On the plus side, there's still 900 odd to go :)

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Great sound. Listened to this a decent amount when it came out, but I think I was too young to full appreciate it. Makes me want to go back an revisit full catalogue. 4/5

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This is the first NiN album I ever listened to in it's entirety. I liked it...at spots I liked it quite a bit. I was surprised at the variety of sounds. There was subtlety that I wasn't expecting 3.75 stars

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immersive, energetic, moody and i like this version of hurt much better. for some unknown reason the johnny cash version used to play every friday evening on the leading radio station in israel, and i always felt like it was so obnoxiously pretentious. in this album, it owns it unapologetically and i could believe it for once. :)

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Dark, depressing, and really cool. 7-8/10

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bastante loco, not for me pero musica de CALIDAD

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Musically i thought it was very innovative and fascinating to listen to. I can appreciate that Trent Reznor is a master of his craft. I didn't necessarily enjoy all of it, but it was never boring. Each song feels meticulously crafted. Each song has so much going on in the background that I like. I like how a lot of the songs build really well too. A lot of the lyrics were atrocious though lmao. i didnt mind a lot of the edginess but there were so many mindless references to dicks and fucking and so on; i just thought the cool music couldve used cooler lyrics. A few of the songs did have more interesting lyrics, thankfully. I don't mind somewhat sexual lyrics as long as they are actually interesting, like in "Reptile". I feel like it could grow on me, so i should return eventually.

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Honestly not sure if I absolutely adore this or hate it. Can you have both at once?

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There are 1001 albums and I keep getting recommended albums I’ve heard!! Not a bad thing, just odd. I don’t know if I’ve listened to this from start to finish, it might be too much. Heresy and March of the Pigs still slap. The real beauty in this album is listening to it from start to finish in one setting and really taking in all the sounds and emotions that Reznor sculpts. Hard to listen to, but rewarding at the same time.

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The 90's really were a haven for miserable angst. I'm astounded that something as abrasive and unforgiving as this album not only breached the mainstream but actively thrived in it, but reznor tapped into a collective rage and disillusion with society at large on this album, and with NIN in general. The Downward Spiral isn't just angry. it's misanthropic, bleak and searing; containing all the melodrama and self loathing of an outcast teen but with the sincerity of an enraged anarchist. The vocal performances cut right through you, and compliment these colossal and primal industrialized rock pieces.

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8/10

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WTF was that!?

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Many stabdout tracks like “Closer,” “Hurt,” “Heresy,” and “Ruiner.” Great music for being angsty. Some filler tracks, intros, outros.

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Great album!

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A 90's classic and still unique and fresh sounding nearly 20 years since its release. The way Reznor oscillates seamlessly between a heavier, industrial metal sound and the softer, atmospheric vibes of songs like 'Hurt' and 'A Warm Place' makes for a terrific album.

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A bunch of okay songs and then hurt

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Pretty good! I’ll likely listen to it more

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Great album

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Industrial rock-metal. Un 4 porque tiene la de Hurt.

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I guess it is a good thing that I'm not often in the mood for NIN. That said you cannot deny the power and creativity and raw genius on display. This album is a genuine achievement. It is utterly unsurprising that Reznor continues to make significant and inspired contributions to our culture right up to present day. The Downward Spiral is not the work of a man lacking in ideas or emotion. Hurt in particular is a masterpiece. All the more so once it became the deeply moving Cash video. If you don't agree then I'm sorry you have a stone for a heart.

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Hey, this one I have heard all the way through, multiple times... and no sense not doing it again! Think back to the first time you heard this and think, Oscar winner working with Pixar.

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This album has some of my favorite NiN tracks ("Closer", "Hey Pig", "Hurt"), but also descends into a bit too much teen-angst anger in places. The production is ridiculously good and it was definitely a revelation on its release.

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I used to love this when I was an angsty teen, and, if I'm being honest, I still like it as an angsty adult. Maybe not as much as I used to, but I enjoyed it.

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Dikke prima!

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Some of these songs sound too static-y to me, and sometimes the abrasiveness feels over the top, but overall an amazing collection of songs.

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nicreeeeeeeeeeee

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Listened already, really like it

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Great concept album. Dark, different and energetic. Hadn't listened since I was a kid. Definitely a different experience as an adult.

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Trent Reznor's multi-instrumental talents, as well as production techniques, really shine on this album. It has such a distinct sound, and helped to push the industrial sound into more people's Sony Walkman players at the time. I really enjoy the imagery created through sound layering and producing instruments to make them sound like a wall of sound, before falling off a cliff into silence. The vocal tones used by Reznor are also very effective in contributing to the overall mood throughout the record. There is no subtlety in the lyrics, which was common during this period but does not hold up incredibly well over time. The writing is the only aspect that leaves a bad taste. Fave tracks: Heresy, Eraser, Hurt

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4.25

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Ce n'est pas l'album le plus accessible de la liste et je dois avouer que je ne l'ai pas aimé instantanément. À l'époque, le style du groupe ne me parlait pas. J'y suis revenu plus tard et j'ai complètement embarqué dans l'univers de Trent Reznor à partir de l'album With Teeth. Et encore là, je n'avais pas vraiment pris la peine de revenir à cet album. Je comprends aujourd'hui l'importance de l'album et je peux constater sa qualité. Les textures créées sont super intéressantes et innovantes pour l'époque. Il y a un désir de recherche de nouvelles sonorités même avec les instruments conventionnels comme la guitare. La direction donnée à Andrian Belew pour Mr. Self-Destruct allait dans ce sens. On retrouve sur cet album la sonorité industrielle et violente de Ministry mais traitée de façon plus mélodique. Il y a de la place pour la musique et les mélodies. La prise de son des drums sur Piggy et Eraser est superbe. D'ailleurs, la superposition des drums à la fin de la pièce Piggy rappelle un peu ce que King Crimson faisait autour de cette époque avec son double trio. J'adore comment le beat déroute un peu la pièce alors que la pièce continue bien droite en arrière. Heresy a un petit côté à la Prince que j'aime bien. La pièce Hurt est superbe, mais la version de Johnny Cash avec tout son background est la meilleure version. La pièce Closer est une incontournable. L'album est par contre une petite affaire trop longue. C'est un album à connaître et dans mon cas, à me procurer (je peux pas croire que je ne l'ai pas encore). Pièces préférées: Hurt, The Becoming, Closer, Piggy, Heresy, March Of The Pigs

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I'm feeling the groove on Mr. Self Destruct and then on Piggy. Closer is an awesome genre bending single. Hurt is a banger.

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Paikoin liian sekavaa mulle ollakseen huipputasoa, mut rytmittelin mukana

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Hyvä ja tasapainoinen levy. Diggaan bändin tunnelmasta, mutta jotenkin neljä tähteä on liikaa ja kolme liian vähän. Vaikea arvostella ja pitäisi ehkä kuunnella vielä kerran uudelleen.

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Angry and disturbing. I guess that's the point but not something I'd listen to regularly.

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Nine Inch Nails is admittedly a blind spot personally; always seemed a little weird to me, but this record is better than I expected (although I like the first one he did much better for my own tastes).

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Some of the songs were really good (Closer is great) but some of the songs I had to skip because they started to give me a headache.

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Amazing experience. It feels that you are on mars or a very obscure quake mode.

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I've actually never listened to a full NIN album. Sonically I love everything that they are doing, synths, noise, distortion, it all sounds really good. Except, and this is a common sticking point for me, I do not like the vocals at all. If it was purely instrumental it would be a 4 for me. But, man the vocals feel like it's trying to be edgy but it's too "clean" sounding as well? I think some of the themes are kind of dumb like "Closer". Some of the quieter songs were nice, except again for the vocals. Really conflicted, but it's prob about a 3.5 but rounded down cause I don't really wanna listen to it on the regular.

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Enjoyed Johnny Cash's version of Hurt better than the original here.

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Industrial certainly does what it says on the tin, but I daresay the transgressiveness of this seems a little juvenile? "God is dead and no one cares," and the song is called "Heresy"? Kind of paint by numbers.

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Good

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Industriell rock, inte min genre direkt. Väldigt intressant concept dock. - en mans väg till suicid. Huvudnumret är själklart sista spåret, hurt.

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This takes me back to freshman year at UC when I first discovered NIN. Staying up late, the smell of gesso in the drawing studios, the tagged stairs and hallways in Edwards Hall, bombing down Route 32 on the weekends in my old Plymouth... Hard to separate the memories from the music.

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Didn't finish. Not really in the mood to hear something quite this...industrial. Can understand the appeal to people.

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Not my thing, but props to Trent Reznor for sonically simulating eternal suffering in hellfire.

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Erstes gehörtes Album hier. Guter Start, hat mir gefallen. 2 Hurt Cover am Ende ziemlich nice

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Man. This is a young man's album, full of piss and vinegar. Aimed at the heart of "the world" or hell, just at the music industry. There's a me who would love this album, but he's gone now, hidden in the pubescent anger of my cringeworthy middle school journal. One can only stomach so much darkness, so much glitchy ethereal electronic production. I think this ship has sailed. Like Lars Von Trier, this went over better in the 90's. Maybe that's a good thing.

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It was strange how I was finding this most similar to house music of the same era, and that was the part I enjoyed the most. The lyrics just made me feel gross however

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Not bad, but a little much for a morning listen. 😄

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NIN has definitely grown on me in recent years as they have created tons of music and scores for tv/movies that i really like. I don't think I have ever sat down and listened to an album by them, but I did genuinely enjoy a few songs on here, particularly the very famous last track - Hurt.

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I was really excited to listen to this album because I’ve never been a fan of NIN even when I listened to their songs and I figured some age and wisdom would change my mind. That didn’t end up happening except for a few songs. As many may know, these boys went on to make some of the best Oscar and Golden Globe winning music but their early work I’m much less a fan of. The grungy, haunting music mixed with very cacophonous vocals made some songs difficult to listen to or even understand what was being said. With all that, I did find a few I liked: Piggy, Heresy, and Reptile. Now Heresy sounds so good at the beginning but once the vocals start I like it a little less but still good. Overall, I liked the album less than I thought but not enough to make me hate it. The album cover is pretty cool too. A kind of stain on a canvas that would cause any person to begin that downward spiral.

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Awesome percussions

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3.5/5 Some pretty great songs on here but there are quite a few tracks that drag this down for me.

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Angry noise.BT: March of the Pigs, Closer, Hurt

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Annoying first song, but then the album takes off. Special mention for driving drum beats. OK album, but many songs too long for my taste.

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Ugh it's nin

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A really cool take on like electronic music mixed with live instruments. I would say this sounds like an emo Gorillaz. I liked a lot of this record. Lots of noise and chiggy guitars tend to make for a good time.

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You know, I do like Nine Inch Nails but listening to this album again for the first time in like 10 years, it's not 100% my music anymore. I will say though, it's too bad Closer is the most popular song on the album, there are better tracks on there!

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I haven't heard Nine Inch Nails in a while and was struck with how 90s they sound. I didn't hate it but I feel like there's a frequency that some people really tap into with this band that just doesn't resonate with me.

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Schwere Kost, aber man merkt, dass was dahintersteckt

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Hey, kids, do you like violence?

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There was some really cool production and some songs I would listen to again. Some of it is a bit too heavy for my taste.

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industrial, punk, grunge, laut.

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Pola, dobroj.

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Hard to listen to this album when you're 52.

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Great atmosphere

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Not really my type of music. I think if you really dig into it, it could be really good but I don't really feel like it

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This band had something different, not always to my taste but hats off for trying

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I'm not a fan of NIN and I honestly expected worse. I ended up liking quite a few songs, although half of the album was too angry/ragey for me. It's worth the experience.

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Interesting industrial music. Enjoyed it for large parts, but felt let down by the vocals and lyrics.

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Man... the instrumentals are great, but it's way too long and the vocals suck. The lyrics are also painfully embarassing.

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I greatly prefer Pretty Hate Machine. Other than the hits (Closer, Hurt) this just sounds like noise and screaming.

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Tried really hard to listen to the entire thing I don't think it's bad by any means. There are a lot of really impressive songs on here. But man getting through it is tough for some reason.

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Demasiado rock industrial, pesimista, sin aparente orden. Alguna cosa se escapa, pero no ha sido de mi agrado

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If I wasn't still feeling so ill and wasn't so exhausted from giving Frankie medicine periodically throughout the night, I might rate this higher. Enjoyed it, nonetheless.

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A very dark and heavily moody album, of which whose title reflects the state of mind of Trent Reznor's spiral into drug abuse and depression. If you're not paying attention to the lyrics then you may mistake this for a regular distortion filled album but it is so much more than that. Best: Heresy Worst: A Warm Place

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Not for me. Couple tracks i liked.

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What an unexpected delight. This has aged really well. So many interesting and contrasting sounds and rhythms.

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wanted to think this was better - but wasn't crazy about it. the fact that it has hurt (one of the best songs ever written) meant I had to give it a 3, otherwise it might have gotten a 2.

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Fun but a bit too angst - some classic songs but if you’re over 20 it feels a bit disconnected

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Great production. Detailed songwriting

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Kinda weird, but apreciate the originality and understood why its popular. 6/10

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Industrial man

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Way better than expected!

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What a ride.

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This album has always been my angry goto. Mr Self Destruct is the absolute assault, but in a good way, on your ear drums if you are into listening with headphones. I believe headphones are a must for this generation of music. Piggy is not a bad song but nor is it very memorable. Hersey has the feel of the punk club that Sonny Crocket and Rico Tubbs would walk into at the beginning of a Miami Vice episode. Moving away from that image this is definitely a proclamation that Trent is not a big fan of Christianity. March of the Pigs is a raging mosh pit and I love it! Give me the 90's, a stobe light filled club with girls dancing from cages hanging from the ceiling, a little hit of X and "everything is alright". Closer is just a classic. Enough said. Unfortunately it becomes quite repetitive and only holds three good songs after Closer. Eraser, The Downward Spiral, and Hurt. All this being said I would not say this album is for everybody and probably does not belong on this list. Trent Reznor is talented engineer and musician but totally one sided in his lyrics.

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Bit dark

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Listened Before? Y I have heard this album a lot of times. I own the CD from the 90's, and it was one I listened to semi-regularly. That being said, NIN never really became one of my favorite bands. Pros: Catchy for industrial music. Angsty teenage me loved the anti-establishment messages. Mentally ill me loved the bleakness of it. Today, I just like that I can make it through the album but don't feel a need to force myself to. Cons: It hasn't aged in my life particularly well. I'm a much happier person now than I was when this released so it doesn't ring as true. "Closer" - oh wow, what an overplayed song. Thanks, corporate radio! Added to Library? N Songs added to Playlist: Piggy, March of the Pigs

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disquieting, filled with self-loathing and rage, scritchy noises and distorted voices - well-executed but not one I would listen to for fun or relaxation

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More industrial rock than I would normally care for but the way Reznor produces music is just so interesting. The sounds he creates are unlike anyone elses.

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Such 90s sound. Actually kind of goofy at times.

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I feel like this passed without incident. Maybe it's my fault for just having it on whilst doing something else. I actually get the feeling that I'd really like NIN if I gave them some time.

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Muito barulho.

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This is where I came in with Nine Inch Nails. I loved this record for all of the new it brought and for all of the old it twisted and tore.

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3.0

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Not sure how an album can be relaxing and stressful at the same time- yet here we are

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I've just learned that Trent Reznor moved into the house where Sharon Tate was murdered to record "The Downward Spiral". Justifiable as part of his creative process, or just a horrible case of romanticising and fetishising tragedy? Whichever way you view it, the resulting "...Downward Spiral" came out insular, abrasive and depraved. It sounds like the product of a twisted environment and an even more twisted mind. The singles "Closer" and "Hurt" are the famous cuts here and they're both very effective but also outliers: the production gets much heavier and much more horrific. For most of its runtime, "The Downward Spiral" is downright filthy. I didn't enjoy a lot of it, but I can't deny that Reznor’s production is innovative, captivating, even enthralling. Alongside seismic drums (both live and electronic), walls of wailing guitars, yelled vocals and other synth loops, there are often samples of screams, torture, machines (“Reptile” is especially well-done and in my top tier) and god knows what else. The sudden loud-quiet dynamic shifts which was vogue in 90's alt-rock are taken to the extreme, like Pixies or Nirvana with extreme bipolar. While this can be fascinating, for me the heavier sections tipped over the edge of what I can actually enjoy, and the lyrics are a little bit try-hard angry teenager. "Heresy" is a prime example, with its refrain of "God is dead, and no-one cares". There's a lot of wanting to fuck and desecrate everything in sight, which wears thin after a while and doesn't make for an engaging concept album on the level of, say, "The Wall" (one of Reznor's key influences). Instead, the album is at its best when the sonic innovation is enough to distract from Reznor's patchy lyrics, or tiresome self-flagellating metal. While the vocal segments in "March of the Pigs", "Ruiner", "I Do Not Want This", etc... were just too much for me, many of the songs evolve and shift without returning to recognisable verse-chorus structures. "The Becoming" and “Eraser” are both prime examples, packing a lot into their running time and opting for either consistent forward momentum or a slow, creeping dread. Every now and then, there's an intriguing loop, burst of piano or ambient palette cleanser to shine through (thank god for "A Warm Place", giving some depth to proceedings off the back of the unbearable "Big Man With A Gun"). It's interesting approaching Nine Inch Nails in 2021, because Trent Reznor has continued to blossom from one of alternative music's most reputable figures to a critics' darling in film. His soundtrack work with Atticus Ross has won him Oscars and even taken him to Pixar, for crying out loud. The Reznor working on this album is a very different beast. I'm not likely to listen much again, but like a ruined souffle or a terrible murder, it's hard not to be taken in.

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Never really got into them. But I like this album. Maybe it grows on you.

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I know I've intentionally listened to this album in full before, and I know a few of the tracks already, but NIN has never clicked with me. They occupy the same kinda space as Marilyn Manson does for me: I like a whole bunch of their contemporaries, influences and bands that they influenced, but NIN themselves? nah. That being said, this isn't really a bad album. Nice little period piece of mid-90s alternative. When it does actual music it can be pretty catchy. But it also spends a lot of time being an industrial synthesiser demo, more of an exercising in running the full gamut of available effects in the space of 4min than writing a song. Overall it just goes on too long. If it was half the length it'd probably get a 4 for originality and longevity. It's also pretty impressive that people still care this much about 90s nonsense in 2022 (does anyone other than me remember Type O Negative? Fittingly, I think NIN lifted a Type O melody for the end of Closer). It's about 50% good songs, so 3/5.

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Een aantal tracks zijn me iets te lomp en zwaar, maar met 'Closer' en 'Hurt' wordt het geheel toch in de plus getrokken. Lekker om mee in de Paassferen te komen!

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Topzwaar! Ik vind NIN aan de ene kant intrigerend, maar ik kan maar met moeite zo'n plaat luisteren zonder er zwaarmoedig van te worden. Maar dat is wellicht ook de bedoeling. 😉

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Not as good as I remember, Closer gives this album a 3

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I really enjoy the wide array of sounds incorporated into this album and the atmosphere it creates. Very effective "world building" using the music to paint a picture of the mental state of someone in a "downward spiral." The use of repetitive, hammering noise, jarring shifts between loud screaming parts and soft whispering parts and dissonant tones all fit in extremely well in this album. I am not too knowledgeable in the industrial rock genre, but I know this album had a big hand in bringing it to mainstream audiences. On the other hand, I find the lyrics here to be too edgy for my taste. I know that the intent was to depict someone in a deranged mental state, but I find that there is no subtlety here, it feels more like a caricature than an accurate description. Overall, it's a middle of the road release for me, would definitely score it higher if the lyrics didn't feel like an edge-lord 4chan post. Which is a little disappointing because I want to like this more, musically there's a lot going on here. Fav tracks: The Becoming, Eraser, Hurt

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Could possibly grow on me.

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Listened before

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Did not finish. Only giving 2 stars for interesting industrial-electronic sounds.

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More a concept album about being an angry 90s bro than anything else. Very much captures the time but also sounds dated for it. Some of the slower jams are pretty good. "Closer" continues to age terribly and sound edgy in the worst way possible. "Hurt" is obviously fantastic but skip to the Johnny Cash version.

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Not my cup of tea

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Känner att det passar mer som atmosfärisk soundtrack till en film än något man sätter på för att lyssna på några bra låtar. Men blev inspirerad att lyssna på lite system of a down iaf!

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Didn’t listen this go ‘round, but I remember looking some of it

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Edgelord electro-rammstein

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Basically a good album but sometimes it's too much noise for me.

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Some cool moments in there. Like the sounds of some of the songs. The pigs one is the best so far. Difficult to keep listening to though. Didn't finish lol

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troche za potezne dla mnie pozdro

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Not my cup of joe

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Not a fan. Industrial music has never been my forte

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Innovative to be sure, but a lot of the songs i just dont like, Closer and Hurt are great (Johnny Cash's version is better)

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I would never intentionally listen to this again.

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Have always liked Hurt but Johnny Cash's cover is legendary. Otherwise not too big a fan.

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Do you enjoy the sound of someone scratching their fingernails on a holographic placemat? What about someone screaming loudly into a cheap toy megaphone? If so this album is for you. Unfortunately it's not for me,this album gave me a headache. Fav songs are Hurt and Heresy Perfect music to annoy anyone around

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perhaps more industrial than I had bargained on. few bangers, but not really my cuppa - C

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I’m not gonna lie I started and wasn’t feeling it rip

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Meh

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I liked 2 songs on this album, the rest was pretty much noise to me.

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I'm so sorry Andrew. I listen to this album and think "Oh I should be liking this" but for some reason I don't. It makes me feel empty inside because I don't think I felt anything listening to this. The ideas are good, and if someone were to describe this music, I would probably be interested in listening to it. But for some reason I can't get into it at all. Overall, I'd give this album 3.5 inches / 9

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Hard to listen to at times. Not really my cup of tea.

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Disappointed

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französische the rasmus - 2

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Meh. It's an iconic sound, of this era. Don't find it very appealing overall.

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Gotta be honest, didn’t really dig this one. There were some good moments, but really not my style. Favorite tracks: “Piggy” and “Hurt”

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I absolutely love Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' scores for the social network, mid90s and soul. I put it on as background music when I read. This album, not so much.

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Not good. I hate the songs that talk about sex because I know from Hurt that he knows how to write songs, he just chooses to be shitty.

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The classic noisiy and dirty sound that NiN. Contains the original "Hurt", which later world famous because of the cover that Johnny Cash made

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5

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Kinda painful to listen to, but not downright awful?

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Pretty unpleasant but I did hear some interesting/cool stuff. Did not finish :/

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A bit difficult to use as background music during a workday

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idk- the mixing of this album drives me nuts. Can't really hear anything without pumping the volume. unless... that's the point? feels like I need to explore this one again later

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Yeah different but no depth to this

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Too hard for me but I like two of the songs.

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nicht meine Musik

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Forrest Gump

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I enjoyed more of this than I expected. There are some rather well put together industrial rock songs that are high energy and have a good melody. I don't really like the dramatic shifts in quiet moments to brutally loud moments though. Favorite song: Mr. Self Destruct

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Was ok. Closer and Hurt are absolute classics, but I'd probably skip the other tracks if I heard them come on.

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I'm sad I judged this album by it's name and cover. It had some decent tracks. Still not my thing, but not the worst thing I've listened to by a long shot.

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I used to love NIN as a teenager. I think it is good in place and time, but at this time in my life, I'm not a huge fan, but can appreciate the influence this album has had on the history of music in general.

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Meh. Didn't like 'em in the 90s. Have not changed my mind

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LOUD NOISES - Cash did Hurt better

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Too depressing

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Not for me...noisy

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i like trent and atticus but. no

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UFF ya vi que es un disco doble y me da un poco de paja. No esta mal, sonido mega industrial. Me cuesta un poco igual dejar los temas completos ya que se tornan bastante repetitivos en algun punto. Un puntito mas porque tiene el tema de la peli Natural Born Killers. Pero sinceramente no pude escuchar ni un tema entero. Not for me

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Не для меня жанр, но не так плохо.

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Industralistische/elektronische metal wat mij te edgy is en niet aanspreekt

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Turns out I dont care Nine Inch Nails. One well known song. I don't feel the need to listen to this album again.

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Not for me - I don't need this level of angst in my life right now.

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Full disclosure: there was no point in the last 72 hours to fully listen to this album. I was busy, but not too busy. There was free time in the early morning, or between meetings, or in the relaxing evening, or casually tinkering around on projects on the weekend, but there's no goddamn way I'm playing NIN in any of those times. I'm sure this album is great, and with a careful listen could be considered a masterpiece. I've been surprised to see Trent Reznor's name pop up on a few good film scores as well. A proper review would use describe NIN "uncomprimising" and that's inspiring to me - I can't comprimise any free time with this album. C https://open.spotify.com/track/2b73Q6Kl8Gh6Brb40lpLcr?si=46d6aa6d5a5c47e9

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I suspect that full appreciation of The Downward Spiral requires an ability to access your inner enraged thirteen old. For me, Trent Reznor's carefully cultivated bleakness seems a bit on the nose. I tend to appreciate more what's going on in the margins, i.e. the ambient industrial textures, which are often masterful, rather than the songs themselves, which combine jackhammer dance beats with agro posturing recorded deep in the red. Unfortunately, the ambient pleasures of The Downward Spiral are incidental. The overriding vibe of this album is, as Rolling Stone would have it, "tortured death disco howl." Sorry to plagiarize, but I couldn't possibly improve on that description. Anyway, this is the sort of thing they use to abuse political prisoners at Guantanamo. Pass. Okay, I actually did kind of like Closer, but I prefer Rezner's soundtrack work, especially on Se7en.

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I really want to like NIN but they've always been too inaccessible for me and I don't feel like I have the time to immerse myself through multiple listens. I'll get there one day... Maybe. For now, rating on my personal enjoyment, I'll give it 2 stars. But 2 of those are earned purely by the brilliance of Hurt.

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This is not my thing.

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- A bit dark and dreary for my liking - The types of sounds they use is kind of interesting, not just the guitar/drum instruments (e.g. screams in backgrounds in "the becoming", some wind or synth sounds in "the downward spiral")

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hard screamo in some songs kinda liked 3 songs for the drums, rest is not quite my taste. It is one to have listened though Some fun sound experiments

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Прикольно но не для меня.

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I've come round a bit on NIN but still just not for me

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Two really great songs, the rest are ok. 2/5.

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Heavy. This album is so heavy. Not really my style, but Hurt is a great song. 3/10

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Really wasn't in the mood for this. Mostly just boring edgelord music that I couldn't connect with. Johnny Cash did "Hurt" better, but I think even Trent Reznor agrees with that. Still can't believe they named the Mario rhino that spits fire after that guy. Seriously, the rhino from Super Mario World that spins on a windmill and spits fire at you is officially called Reznor in the Mario canon. I get naming the turtle with Beethoven hair "Ludwig", but who in the Nintendo localization team looked at a fire rhino and said "This gives me Trent Reznor vibes".

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Boumboum du numetal avec des bruits ambiant

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Absolutely not my type of music. I really struggled to listened to this. At least it inspired a good Weird Al song. 1.5/5

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A big NO from the first track. 2 minutes are already too much. The album cover is intereting tho.

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Caught between the push-pull of the harder industrial tones and attempts at enveloping melody, this LP ends up feeling disjointed and a bit unpolished. There could have been great synergy between these two goals, but each song tends to lean so hard one way or the other it's hard to find this a cohesive product rather than a grab bag of ideas thrown together. Throw a 14-year old's version of "edgy" lyrics on top and this one just feels misguided and half-baked.

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nah, shouldn't be on this list

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Just not my jam. The songs I like are great, and several hit hard and are memorable, but overall I'm just not one for the industrial music vibe, at least not yet. The songs that I did like were "Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)", "Closer", "Ruiner", "Eraser", "The Downward Spiral", and "Hurt".

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ik noget fedt

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helvete vad dåligt

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Fast schon bemerkenswert niedlich, wie bemüht gegen den Strich gebürstet dieses Album daherkommt. Die Lust am Geräusch und an der Experimentierfreude täuscht aber zu keinem Zeitpunkt darüber hinweg, dass hier versucht wird, mit Plakativität den Mangel an künstlerischer Substanz zu kompensieren (und zwar sowohl musikalisch als auch textlich).

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pa morir

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i don´t like. Nunca han sido mi estilo.

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Didn’t like

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Enttäuschend. Furchtbar. Ich dachte das wäre irgendwie Alternative aber das ist ja nix!! 1 stern für die Zulieferung von hurt an Cash und da war es auch vor allem dessen Interpretation

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First time listening: 5/14 songs liked Industrial music hurts my head, but I understand the implications of this concept album. quite disturbing to say the least. One song saved

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Not a huge fan having F you like an animal and God is dead blasting out of my windows. Not my thing

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The last song "Hurt" sums up how I feel after listening to this abomination

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A lot of noise... but not in a good way...

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not my cup of tea, but I can tell they rock the boat

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Jag är ett stort fan av att lyssna på musik via telefonens högtalare 0/1 btw

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I tried, I really tried

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This album was not for me. I've heard at least two tracks off of this album before, in addition to other tracks from the band. Some of the music I did not like and I did not like nearly all of the lyrics. I did like "A Warm Place" (no lyrics). Trent Reznor is talented, and I have liked some of the movie soundtracks he has created. The other track on this album that is good is "Hurt". Reznor's version is good, and I love Johnny Cash's cover of this track. Even with a couple of tracks that I like, the lyrics and much of the mood of this album sink the rating to 1 star.

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This album would not be one I would have ever reached out to listen to willingly, and now that I have given it a go my opinion has stood the test of time. I couldn't finish this one.

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I'd been meaning to listen to this album for years, so was intrigued when it came up as today's album. Listened, and it's dreadful. Tuneless angsty vocals, inane lyrics that a 12 year old could have written. Exact same bag of tricks as that other 90's gimmick Marilyn Manson.

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“Musically, Hieronymus Bosch as postindustrial atheist; lyrically, Transformers as kiddie porn.”

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This was a rough day to catch up... Again, not my cup of tea. I am an indie rock girl at heart and I need to accept that. Too much yelling. Too much dissonance.

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1/5 not at all. too bad for hurt song :(

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Прослушивание 1: 1 Снова электроника, ура. Ну и жесть, пи...(матерные слово)какой-то . 2 Да кто такой этот ваш пиги? Чем может быть этот трек интересен? Он очень безвкусен. 3. Недоретровейв. Какой отвратительный экстрим воказл. 4 Неужели таких треков еще 10. Я хочу плакать. Но в этом треке хотябы норм бас гитара. 5 Мне не хватит слов, чтобы описать моё состояние сейчас. 6. Я страдаю, помогите. Я слушаю только для одного, чтобы поставить объективную оценку. 7 Я хочу просто молча дослушать. Как хорошо, что я не плед перед прослушиванием. 8... 9... 10... 11... 12... Мне осталось всего ничего .. я выдержу. 13... Пожалуй это был самый ужасный час в моей жизни. 14... Неужели всё, неужели, я дотерпел этот ужас. Вывод: если бы можно было поставить 0 , я бы поставил, а так 1/5

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I tried, would honestly rather have silence though

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Sorry, it's not the kind of music I listen to...

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ugh, nine inch nails

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Sure it's demonic but its obnoxiousness is the bigger problem. The odd interesting figure and the mellower sections ("Piggy") and parts of the last song suggest that this project could have been much less of a spectacle, if not fully redeemable.

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Geprobeerd. Niet voor mij.

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A classic on the TL

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not bad

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Not really my genre.

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