There have been a lot of reviews published, a lot of questions answered (on why it took so long, the soul-searching, the sobriety, etc.), but the music still stands out as being, possibly, the finest of Trent Reznor's catalogue.
What seperates this Halo from the rest is how it came together. When you take your typical method of writing and arranging and throw it out the window, only to sit down with a piano, a drum machine and a computer to record into, and a deadline of 2 songs for every 10 days, you set the bar pretty high. Moreso when yor last release was 5 years prior and met with lukewarm to almost fridged reviews.
The end result is a pounding, danceable, stomping romp through Trent's psyche. From commentary on the U.S. administration ("Hand That Feeds") to personal exorcism ("You Know What You Are?", "Sunspots") and heavy hurtin' songs ("All The Love In The World", "Only") you have a very powerful album. The angst is still there, but tempered with age and a newfound sense of clarity. Definitely one of the best albums of 2005.
Standout tracks: "Sunspots", "Only", "Every Day Is Exactly The Same", "The Hand That Feeds", "You Know What You Are?", "With Teeth".