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The Fragile

Nine Inch Nails Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (977 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Somewhat Damaged
2. The Day The World Went Away
3. The Frail
4. The Wretched
5. We're In This Together
6. The Fragile
7. Just Like You Imagined
8. Even Deeper
9. Pilgrimage
10. No, You Don't
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Disc: 2
1. The Way Out Is Through
2. Into The Void
3. Where Is Everybody?
4. The Mark Has Been Made
5. Please
6. Starfuckers, Inc.
7. Complication
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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Nine Inch Nails ~ Fragile

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5.0 out of 5 stars First Album Bought Sept. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
I never thought that I would like heavy metal music, but after hearing alot of good reviews of this band, I bought The Fragile.
I had been missing out on alot.
This 1 hour 40 min album is amazing from start to finish. Trent reznor has managed to take raw energy, and turn it into a masterpiece of musical delight.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not the reason I put stock into NIN Aug. 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album 2 years after it's '99 release, in 2001, as opposed to his previous album (the downward spiral) which I bought less than one year after it's '94 release, in 1995. so my opinion of one as opposed to the other is two years familiarity against eight. not that I believe this is a source of bias, since my opinion of the other held, just a factual beginning to my review...
I see the value and work into this album, but to me it's 'accessibility' lessens it's profundity. it is pop-synth. don't get me wrong, this album accomplishes what it seemingly intends, and has it's place. but I hope the artist who gave us "the downward spiral" doesn't continue in this direction, I hope simply for my personal like of the previous efforts as contrasting this one.
the fault I see, is mainly, repetitiousness; the chorus' the beats, the rhythm. this album builds itself on a series of 'hooks', though good 'hooks', are still a very tight-knit pattern which allows little room for sonic deviance of the kind you'd expect on an 'industrial' album. I'm a fan of distortion, the aesthetic of noise; beauty from 'chaos', areas with no time signatures (following in the tradition Igor Stravinsky & the like). once you know the layers of sound, they are monotonous in themselves. they have a identity of themselves, but that's their problem, they are finite, squarely defined, unlike the broad open field that his second full-length album posed; which made one have to struggle for familiarity in it's composition. The Fragile gives you familiarity on the first listen because of the nature of it's song structure.
however, the instrumentals seem to have enough variance, and are exempt from most of my former judgements.
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5.0 out of 5 stars radio? what radio? April 18 2003
Format:Audio CD
i will start this off by saying that before the fragile, i was a huuuuuuge nine inch nails fan. downward spiral almost never left my cd player. so when this album came out, of course i was tripping over myself to go get it. what i found completely smacked me in the face.
this album does not contain the same trent reznor that was present in downward spiral, broken, pretty hate machine, etc.
i cant really describe it outside of its nine inch nails meets radiohead. beautiful.
the last track on the first cd "the great below" is beautiful. not loud, not angry, not angst-ridden... jus... beautiful. as is "la mer" and a bunch of other tunes on this album.
well im going to wrap this up, cuz i cant say anything that hasnt been said in the 900+ other reviews here.
jus let me leave you with this: if youre a teenager, and have some anger to get out, pick up "broken" or "the downward spiral"... if youre ready to get out of the mad at the world feeling, and need someone to help you stand back up, this is your album. this album has made a mark on my life. as it should have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fragile (Late Review) April 21 2006
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Format:Audio CD
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.

1st disc is more superior, but there are some choice tracks on 2nd disc. It would be a great idea to make a burned cd with your favourites, since there is 20+ tracks in all.

Experimenting is the key to success, and NIN have yet again proven it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars HOTNESS Jan. 10 2005
By Leah
Format:Audio CD
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, trent is the man and he is the pure hotness and he is pure love
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5.0 out of 5 stars a musical masterpeice July 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Trent Reznor is an extremely talented singer and song writer. His writing is perfect, music is mezmerizing and wonderfully crafted. He has a message that should be heard: the world is not all daisys and fairytales. In my opinion, his music is not intended for the mainstream pop culture. It is simply intended to tell a story that in in is mind. The music has an appeal to the deepest parts of the soul. In my opinion, this is the perfect album to sit back and reassess the thoughts and views of such a horrible time we live in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the nineties dream... July 15 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was amazed at how many people didn't buy this album because they said it wasn't nine inch nails... This album was Trent showing how human he really was, as with evidence in the lyrics and song titles referring to a piece of fruit (ie opening with Somewhat Damaged and ending with Ripe (with Decay)). Experimental, heartfelt, and totally dreamy. Despite all the hype that predated this album, i think it stood up to it. In a musical world of mediocrity this album stands the test of time. Especially now in 2004 where everyone whines exactly the same about how great high school was and other emotional barren themes, people need to discover the truth and vitology that thrives within this album. Listen to it from beginning to end... It may speak to your heart as it did to mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gem.
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 more
Published on July 10 2004 by CJ Foster
4.0 out of 5 stars NIN ROCK!!!!!
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 more
Published on July 2 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but could use a little trimming
There seems to be two main schools of thought to The Fragile. Many praise it for it's gargantuan scope, immaculately crafted music and soundscapes, and polished production. Read more
Published on June 30 2004 by The Bass Ninja
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
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 more
Published on June 26 2004 by ArthurKTripp
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the last good cds
There is a lot to be said about this double-LP. There are 23 tracks, 6 of them being instrumentals. Some would comment that the sheer volumn of the Fragile makes it a unlistenable. Read more
Published on June 5 2004 by Lexs
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one I own!
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
Published on June 4 2004 by Tywin Seaburgus
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
I am dumbstricken...This is definately better than "The Downward Spiral" or "Pretty Hate Machine". Trent's true talent is revealed. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by NaumChomsky
5.0 out of 5 stars i see
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 more
Published on May 25 2004 by ray shultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Creative Unique Stuff, Althogh would be better shorter
When I first listened to the first CD, i thought that most of the songs were great, and a few were OK. The same with the second CD. Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Carol S. Wedell
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