Pretty Hate Machine Import
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Trent Reznor and Company's Groundbreaking Album that Includes the Hit Singles "Head Like a Hole" and "Sin".
Considered the breakthrough album that delivered a more palatable version of industrial music to the commercial audience, Pretty Hate Machine left its dingy mark on pop culture. The abrasive "sonarchy" of the album was first churned by despondent club-goers who roiled with the rhythms and aligned with the angst-ridden convictions. Since its release, the album's tempered deviations came to signify an aesthetic reverie for machine-driven martyrdom. Permeated by hissing engines and dissonant strains, the tracks cascade outside channels of modern complacency. Hits like "Head Like a Hole" and "Down in It" are recognized by the acidic beats, piercing riffs, and lyrical hostilities which snare the listener with disparaging rhapsody. Not for the light-headed, Pretty Hate Machine afflicts the inner sanctum and strikes a nerve. --Lucas Hilbert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Recommended. Great album.
This however is a reasonable effort and the most hated of NIN CDs by fans because it sounds so 80s. Well it was made in 1989.
True the album may have some weak lyrics but there's warmth to them. Which is essentially what you need when you consider we're kinda talking about a synth pop\electro industrial pop we have here. This ain't rock - it never was and it never will be.
There are some nice touches with Ringfinger, That's What I Get and Something I Can Never Have. This is where that warmth comes into place.
Overall this is Trent at his most vulnerable I suppose. This is something that might attract some female admirers more unless they are diehard rockers with a hatred for synthy music. But it's done well. It's not as innovative as people like to imagine. Come on people if you really think this is industrial there are some gaps in your knowledge of the genre. What he did wasn't revolutionary - that happened way back in 1976 with bands like Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle and later on Skinny Puppy and Einstürzende Neubauten and even Ministry
But I won't harbour on about my purism towards industrial music. Buy this if you are a fan of the band or interested in getting into NIN. If you want something harder, there's always something better - and it came from the late 70s onwards to mid 80s
Trent Reznor has become legendary for the sound he perfected in "Pretty Hate Machine," his exceptional debut album. Wrapped in catchy industrial beats and sizzling basslines, he exposes all the rage and pain from being betrayed. Like a bad breakup, it's raw and rough and painful, but there's a strange catharsis once it's over.
It opens on a high note with the ear-blowing "Head Like A Hole," which alternates between dark techno and explosive hard-rock. "Bow down before the one you serve/you're gonna get what you deserve... Head like a hole, black as your soul/I'd rather DIE than give you control!" Reznor snarls. And he sounds like he means it, too.
That mix of rage and bitterness permeate the songs that follow. Not every song is a rockin' ragefest: "Something I Can Never Have" is a sweeping, haunted ballad with Reznor lamenting that "I'm starting to scare myself." It's one of the most powerful songs on a hard-hitting record, and shows Reznor's anguished vocals at their best.
But the majority are harder, angrier songs with Reznor's rough industrial-pop, raw singing and sparse electronic beats. The second half does drag a bit, but is pulled back up by the explosive "Sin" ("You give me the reason/you give me control/I gave you my purity/and my purity you stole!") and hauntingly out-there "Ringfinger."
"Pretty Hate Machine" could, in a sense, be seen as a concept album -- a mapping of the painful emotions in a breakup. Okay, painful breakups are not a big deal in the musical world -- every cheesy popstar does them.Read more ›
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One of my all time favourite albums. I have had the original for almost 20 years this remastered version has reminded me how awesome this album really is. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sumr86
I was recently introduced to Nine Inch Nails by purchasing Hesitation Marks.I really liked the album except a couple of songs. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sandra Reid-Swanson
Woe. Pain. Anger. Rejection. And some very catchy industrial beats.
Trent Reznor has become legendary for the sound he perfected in "Pretty Hate Machine," his... Read more
This is the same version that TVT released that Trent Reznor has been fighting over for years - on TVT's closing he reissued a remastered version that he had input into and there... Read morePublished on July 18 2011 by D. Lalla
I love the original album. And I still have the original CD in good condition. I bought this album to see if the remaster sounded better. Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2011 by M. Littman
ever sinc i herd this album i loved evry other NIn album ever since ........................................ Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2005 by guns n roses fan
I really think it's cheap how so much many reviewers on this site give 5 stars like it's nothing. But this review is very realistic. Read morePublished on March 19 2005