Broken EP, Explicit Lyrics
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As a placeholder between the full-length Pretty Hate Machine and The Downward Spiral, Broken packs a serious punch. Angrier and less poppy than Machine, this EP is full of noisy hooks, if such a thing is possible (check out that guitar riff on the full-throttle "Wish"), and much closer aesthetically to the industrial subgenre that informs Trent Reznor's music. As song titles like "Help Me I Am in Hell" suggest, Broken is a work of undiluted rage, which is, of course, a big part of its appeal. --Genevieve Williams
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Pinion: From the first listen it sounds simple, just a minute long build up to the next song. This, however, is one of the most well made songs on the cd. The music video for it(found on Halo 12) is kind of sick, but worth a watch.
Wish: The most popular song on this cd (won a few awards as i recall) but, not the best. Very fun to listen to and you'll find yourself with the lyrics stuck in your head. (nothing too special about the video but, still worth a watch)
Last: The only song on the Broken EP that doesn't have a music video. Used to be my favorite on this cd with the lyrics. Doesn't get old, but, other songs get better. The ending is the best.
Help Me I am in Hell: The most boring track but is needed to get the entire effect. The video is that of just a man eating in a room of flies.
Happiness in Slavery: The best song on the cd. It catches you from with the intense screams in the beginning, to the creative lyrics thru the middle ("don't open your eyes you won't like what you see, the blind have been blessed with security" is one of my favorites) into the mechanical sounding hell at the end. There aren't words to describe how great this song is, so listen. Also, the video to this song is really really good, but will gross out some people. Very well made and just art.
Gave Up: Nothing too special about this track except for the great lyrics.Read more ›
First song (an instrumental) leads into the secon, "Wish." This is the best song on the CD, and it is actually very good. Incredibly catchy and it avoids Trent's overuse of the loud-soft-loud-soft dynamic. It flows well, avoids being jerky and manages to actually be entertaining. Try getting that guitar hook out of your head!
The second track of note on this CD is "Happiness In Slavery." The track is very complex, and has wonderfully morbid lyrics. However, the track falls down owing to two factors. The first is that it lacks continuity. It seems like it lurches between a Frontline Assembly track and a PHM era NIN track. This in turn causes the song to lack catchiness and continuity. The second problem is that it again follows the awful loud-soft-loud-soft gimmick.
The other songs are all somewhat unremarkable.
Overall, Broken showed Trent's skill increase, and NIN still sounds incredibly unique. However, the overall sound can get as bad as an in-sink garbage disposal with a guitar over the top. And even Frontline Assembly have somemelody in their tracks.
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oh the rage...oh the rage....when your record company upsets you..
what do you do..
put the swerve on em
standouts: wish, happiness in slavery
This is more of an EP than an LP. But what it lacks in length, it certainly more than makes up for in intensity. Read morePublished on July 3 2004 by Reviewer
This cd is like art.It expresses so much rage yet it is beautiful at the same time.If you are a NIN fan,or just like the whole idea of emotion,you should definitely check this cd... Read morePublished on June 24 2004
Sandwiched between Trent Reznor's's groundbreaking techno-rock debut Pretty Hate Machine and the critically acclaimed, conceptual masterwork The Downward Spiral, Broken offers... Read morePublished on June 23 2004
beautiful work done by Trent Reznor and his wonderful band . Nine Nails dont have gothic fans they also have fans just like me .
my first nine inch nails would be Broken . Read more
this is one of the best ever records ever
i was grateful of buying this record
So we've got good old Trent writing songs for this new EP after the immensely popular and widely accepted Pretty Hate Machine (which will be further referred to as PHM). Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by Negative Jim
The songson broken need more work and most importantly NO RICHARD PATRICK! he put his uneeded two cents in and messed up the CD. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Lukas Diaz-Ames