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Pretty Hate Machine Import

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000025WXZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Kath on July 3 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge Nine inch nails fan and this was the album to prove that I would be a longtime fan. Head like a Hole is the first Nine inch Nails song I would ever hear and I really liked the song. It was so different from the hard rock songs I've ever heard and the chorus was really catchy. I bought this album after looking up Head Like a Hole on the internet and to my shock. The album is filled with songs that are on par, or even better then Head Like a Hole. Especially the tune Sin. Sin starts off like some techno-rave song, but the song turns really dark and intense as it goes on, the lyrics are very s&m oriented. But for sheer dark lyrics Down in It or Terrible Lie take the cake here. Down in It sounds pretty cool for something that was made with such a small production budget, the lyrics are dark and the sound is pretty dated but it still is one of the best songs on the album. Terrible Lie has a better (albeit more dated) sound to it, the theme of the song is very true though (about he contradictions of the bible). The only song I wasn't a fan of was The only Time, which is an okay song, but it never grew or adapted to me. The sound on the album is ALOT less heavy then what we'd hear on Broken or The Downward Spiral. And the production value is way less then what we'd hear from The Fragile. But lyrically, Trent is there. Something I can Never have is pretty surreal to hear, same with Ringfinger. Ringfinger is actually my favorite song on the album, the sound is so basic but so pure at the same time. An alternate version (called Twist) appears on a bootleg called Purest Feeling, and that bootleg is very different for anything Trent did. The Only Time is a great song that starts really well. Kinda I want to didn't appeal to me nor did Sancified but they still are listenable.
Recommended. Great album.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 1 2006
Format: Audio CD
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 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.
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By A Customer on March 19 2005
Format: Audio CD
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. I have listened to the record about 30 (literally) times and I still love it. All the songs are 5 star material,except the weakest being "ringfinger" and "sanctified" and "the only time" which all deserve 4 stars.
Don't ever believe any nin fan who says that this one sucks and is "80s" crap. It is NOT. It is AMAZING. It is the BEST nin album to date and probably won't be beat ever. This is a great way to start listening to nin (as I did);
please don't listen to moron reviewers who say to start with the singles or "broken" to get the "best of nin" or for a "new fan" because it's always best to start with the proper albums in order and go from there. No single for any band or any ep for any band can be a band's best material. It just DOESN'T happen. Any real record collector knows that singles contain throwaway tracks. If the songs were so good, they would make it on the album. Simple as that.
So please do yourself a favour and buy this record and enjoy. It is a fine piece of work.
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By A Customer on April 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
Head Like a Hole. One of the best tracks on the disc. Probably the only guitar-drivin tracks on here. It still has alot of synth though. It was the first NIN song I ever heard and it still ranks as one of my favorite NIN songs. It's a hard rocking song with great lyrics and a great chorus. The music video is kinda ahead of it's time.
Terrible Lie. Everything slows down guitar wise. But that doesn't stop Trent from delivering a great song with loud drumbeats and keyboarding, it has a real 80's industrial sound with the drums and keyboard. Still it's an excellent song, with some disturbing sounds/lyrics.
Down in It. Another great song, a totally depressing song about suicide and death. But Trent says it has multiple meanings, it can reflect rejection, doomed love or death. It sounds like an attempt at pseudo-rap or trip hop. This was the first recorded song for the album and it has tons of synth and keyboards. I don't know what's the infamous about the music video, I think I saw the edited version.
Sanctified. Another 80's sounding song where keyboards run dominent instead of guitar. The base line is kinda repetitive though and it sounds real 80's, that drags the song down a bit. But Trent fires back with great songwriting yet again.
Something I Can Never Have. Things slow way down into a piano tone with Trent's great songwriting again. It's a moving song with a great sound.
Kinda I Want To. My third favorite song on the album. Fast beats tuned perfectly with Trent's lyrics/singing.

Sin. This song is more creepy then anything you'll hear in the album. It sounds more like a dance/techno song at first but moves into industrial territory with some disturbing lyrics. I DARE you to watch the music video and not be sickened or disturbed.
That's What I Get.
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