Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Album Review: Nine Inch Nails – The Fragile


1999’s The Fragile was Nine Inch Nails’ first album in 5 years, and it’s a sprawling beast of a double album.  Split into Left and Right discs, there’s a LOT to get your teeth into.
There are some great tunes buried under Trent Reznor's many ‘noise’ experiments – with some really big choruses, such as the Bond-evoking Day The World Went Away, the lengthy We’re In This Together and the magnificent brooding of the title track.  There is time for some moody funk with the instrumental La Mer, more fully realized as a proper song later on Into the Void.
There’s tons and tons of moody atmosphere on instrumentals like The Frail and the excellent final track, Ripe [With Decay].  However much of the rest of the album is full of shouty, noisy brooding tracks, and at a running total of over 100 minutes over two discs, it makes the album exhausting to listen to.