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.