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Broken [EP, Explicit Lyrics]

Nine Inch Nails Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
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1. Pinion
2. Wish
3. Last
4. Help Me I Am In Hell
5. Happiness In Slavery
6. Gave Up
7. Silent
8. Silent
9. Silent
10. Silent
11. Silent
12. Silent
13. Silent
14. Silent
15. Silent
16. Silent
17. Silent
18. Silent
19. Silent
20. Silent
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars the hardest halo June 6 2004
By Lexs
Format:Audio CD
There are several things about this EP you should know if you're thinking of purchasing it. If you love the sound of the Fragile, you might not like this. The Broken EP is the loudest, angriest and hardest of the Halos. Now that that is said, it is also one of the best Halos and should be in every NIN fans cd collection. The songs are as follows:
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars something to know about the cd! June 13 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
first off, the music is great and if you like the rock upbeet of the band this is great because all the songs are fast, no slow songs. so for that I give it a five star. Now, as the page of amazon mention, after the songs you have over 90 track of silence and at the end you get two more songs. It is not a good thing, if like me, you have a cd changer, and you like to lay down while listening to your music, well, all those silent track makes it very hard, I have never broken the laws of copy right to make copy of cd, for me or friends and yes I am proud of it, the artists works hard to write and make a final product, it is only fair they get pay for it, but in this case, I broke my own rule and made a copy for myself so that I could use the cd and listen to all the songs that I have paied for in a row with out this non sens of all those silence and so on, I don't know why the band thought it was funny to do that, but it is not, and I think it is worth mentioning it since not everyone has access and the know how to make a copy with all the songs in proprer order. I know a friend that bought the cd and is real upset with this not being able to do what I have done, and even though I think that it is not right for the band to do, I will not make copy for anyone,, I wrote an e mail to the band through webb site to let them know what I thought, so, I just thought to express by beef with the story so that people realise the issue before purchasing it. other wise the music is just fantastic
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3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated July 8 2004
By Andrew
Format:Audio CD
Broken is incredibly angry for NIN, considering that they tend to prefer angst to anger. However, the CD falls victim to the fact that it frequently lacks flow and in many cases it gets overly abbrasive.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Heaviest and maybe greatest... June 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ah, what fond memories. Quite a few years ago, of friend of mine payed me this CD. The first NIN song I ever heard was "Wish", and it stunned me. I quickly traded him a few undesirable discs for this one, and I immediately fell in love with it. I came from a heavy metal background, so the agressiveness instantly appealed to me, but the atmospheric touches and production nuances were well beyond my music in scope. "Wish" is still one of my favorite songs ever. The brtual "Last" satisfys my inner metalhead, while the dark instrumental "Help Me I Am In Hell" appreciates my ear for music. The coal-black techno-metal"Happiness In Slavery", the synth hard rock of "Gave Up", and the danceable headbanger "Suck" are some of the best music Trent's genius mind has unleashed. Although a lot of people don't conside Broken an album, it's one of the most phenomenal works in the NIN canon and possibly Trent Reznor's best achievement. An don't forget the mystery of the Broken movie...
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5.0 out of 5 stars OMG
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
Published on July 11 2004 by Aaron Thomas Eggleston
5.0 out of 5 stars Short on songs, long on quality
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 more
Published on July 3 2004 by Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than "The Downward Spiral"
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 more
Published on June 24 2004 by "irememberhalloween"
4.0 out of 5 stars Something real, something true
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 more
Published on June 23 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
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
Published on June 22 2004 by Nazat
5.0 out of 5 stars Broken
this is one of the best ever records ever
i was grateful of buying this record
Published on May 12 2004 by Nazat alnayeem
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, very different NIN
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 more
Published on May 1 2004 by Negative Jim
3.0 out of 5 stars N ot Great and barely okay
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 more
Published on April 11 2004 by Lukas Diaz-Ames
4.0 out of 5 stars Something real, Something true
What Trent screams for in the Broken hit, Wish, foreshadows exactly what this cd has to offer. At first (having heard The Fragile first) i was sceptical about the wall of sound... Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by Trent Keetan
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