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|1. Somewhat Damaged|
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|3. The Frail|
|4. The Wretched|
|5. We're In This Together|
|6. The Fragile|
|7. Just Like You Imagined|
|8. Even Deeper|
|10. No, You Don't|
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|1. The Way Out Is Through|
|2. Into The Void|
|3. Where Is Everybody?|
|4. The Mark Has Been Made|
|6. Starfuckers, Inc.|
|8. I'm Looking Forward To Joining You, Finally|
|9. The Big Come Down|
|10. Underneath It All|
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The Fragile is even bleaker than 1994's The Downward Spiral as it lurches along with a perpetual scowl. A frenzied collection of buzz-saw pop, Trent Reznor's grim opus yo-yos through two CDs with scattershot intensity. Hushed one minute and explosive the next, spite and anger intermix with heartbreaking resignation, sometimes in the course of one song. Still, Reznor's dour and uncompromising approach is accessible and undeniably entertaining, even when he eschews vocals altogether. Unchanged are the obsessive lengths that he goes to for the sake of a dynamic thrill ride. The quiet tones that open the instrumental "Just Like You Imagined" suddenly erupt into a barrage of off-time rhythms and noodling keyboard riffs, all rising to a torrid conclusion. The sheer sonic invention on display here is astounding. Reznor's production approaches Brian Eno's in terms of dynamism, though it arises from a profoundly different sensibility. "Starfuckers Inc" uses chopped-up vocals for the verses and a shouting mob for its propulsive, Ministryesque chorus to mercilessly slam some of NIN's imitators (most pointedly, Marilyn Manson). And while there's nothing here as dance-floor-ready as Downward Spiral's "Closer," "Where Is Everybody" comes close, thanks to its slow, sweaty gyrations and Adrian Belew's slippery guitar figures. The Fragile's songs are ultimately simple explorations of deep disillusionment. However, once Reznor finishes twisting them out of shape, they're towering soundscapes of rage that are at once terrifying and beautiful. --Matthew Cooke
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Somewhat Damaged: only four notes, but arranged well. Is a great opener and reminds me of a different side of Mr. Self Destruct.
The Day the World Went Away: Great lyrics, and just the right amount of music. A classic. (note, there is a great remix of this song on halo 13 or 15, The Day the World Went Away quiet)
The Frail: simply beautiful. Check this out even if you don't like NIN. (note, a great remix on Things Falling Apart)
We're in this Together: Not one of the best songs on this double-LP, however it's well made and has a great piano part at the end. A great song to listen to if you're just starting to get into the NIN scene.
The Fragile: Probably one of the best songs on this. Slow, quiet, and gives off a ray of hope. Words can't describe this song, so, go listen to it.
Just Like You Imagined: Instrumental, but, a great one. Trent knows what he's doing. This song seems to give off a different meaning depending on what mood you're in.
La Mer: God, a great song.
The Way out is Through: Has the opposite approuch of Somewhat Damaged. A great way to start the second half of the Fragile.
Into the Void: I couldn't say La Mer wasn't a great song and not say that this one isn't.Read more ›
The Day the World Went Away...excellent and melodic. A thinking song. Fun to imagine music videos for. maybe the best on the record (already) 9.5/10
The Frail...beautiful piano and a perfect transition into the next song. 9/10
The Wrethced...extremely dark and haunting. guitar distortion is amazingly crafted and blends perfect with the piano. thought provoking lyrics. 8.5/10
We're In This Together...the first single and possibly the best. Creepy lyrics ("they pick and they pull trying to get their fingers in"). awesome intro and guitar distortion. very original chorus and ending. 9/10
The Fragile...title track isn't so good in the beginning but gets really good. Guitar solo is incredible! 8/10
La Mer...sounds a lot like "Into the Void" Nice instrumental with a woman faintly saying something in the background. Would be better if "...Void" actually came after it. 8.5/10
The Great Below...Very melodic. My favorite on the whole record! Starts off with a quiet synth riff and builds up to the midpoint where it completely changes to a dark mood. 10/10
Into the Void...very catchy and radio-friendly but gets old and repetitive easily. Has a very nice music video though. 8/10
Where Is Everybody?...a good song. Not much to it though. 8/10
StarF***ers Inc....very angry. sounds like something off Burn, but doesn't fit the rest of the album.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This cd is the follow up to The Downward Spiral. Improving on the few weakness, The Fragile is an exciting cd, well it has to be, since it has a 2-CD span. Read morePublished on April 21 2006 by ...
These cds are (...) awesome the lyrics are awesome the instrumental is awesome , its very good if you get tired/ bored of one cd (which is just gay if you do)you can just switch,... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2005 by Leah
Trent Reznor is an extremely talented singer and song writer. His writing is perfect, music is mezmerizing and wonderfully crafted. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by mark usher
I was amazed at how many people didn't buy this album because they said it wasn't nine inch nails... Read morePublished on July 15 2004
There is nothing wrong with The Fragile. The problem with the critics and fans is that they were expecting another, The Downward Spiral from Reznor. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by CJ Foster
This is another great album by NIN!!!!! Proably not as good as The downward spiral but still good. Trent's vocals don't feature that much on this 1, as it is more instrumental, but... Read morePublished on July 2 2004
A few years ago I fell in love with Something I Can Never Have. I downloaded some of Reznor's music, but never really bothered to by any CD's, as I've been virtually unemployed. Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by ArthurKTripp
I currently own three albums by NIN:
1.) The downward spiral
2.) Further down the spiral
3.) The Fragile.
Every one of them is great. Read more
people who hate this album plan just dont get it, and trents ways for that matter, i hate when people talk about trent and all that stuff but for real, the dudes way cool, his... Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by ray shultz