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The Downward Spiral
It's easy to understand why Nine Inch Nails became the industrial band to break out of the techno ghetto and win a larger audience. Trent Reznor, who records the NIN albums almost entirely by himself (although he tours with a full band), tries very hard to pass himself off as an angry young man, but underneath the angst-ridden lyrics, pounding synths, and grating guitars is an irrepressible pop sensibility. On the second full-length NIN album, The Downward Spiral, Reznor builds his constructions of noise and gloom around warm, fuzzy melodies. On the album's first single, "March of the Pigs," for example, Reznor screams about swine lined up for slaughter amid guitars screeching in pain. Suddenly the guitars fall away to reveal the sensually throbbing rhythm track below; then that falls away to reveal a vocal-and-piano track that's as catchy as anything by Elton John. Because Reznor has a better handle on dynamics now, the melodic core is more obvious than ever. --Geoffrey Himes
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If ever a CD could be considered an audio suicide note, this may very well be it. The lyrics are not always the most creative, but they will hit you harder than any others. I believe the strongest segment of the CD lies in three songs: Ruiner, The Becoming, and I Do Not Want This. These songs so fiercely cast the world away and place Trent deep in his mind that I found it actually difficult to listen to them at certain times.
Unlike so many other groups of ANY genre, Trent has no problem with using absolutely everything at his disposal to create a sound he wants. He won't limit himself to slow bass grooves, chorused pianos, or a distorted guitar when the mood calls for it. And therein lies the greatest strength of the CD as a whole: not only do the words perfectly capture his emotion, but the sounds as well. The blistering noise while he screams "Don't you tell me how I feel", the quiet vulnerability of the final notes of Hurt (I personally think the Quiet version is better, the final chords here are a little too harsh), every note and every sound is specificall engineered to put across EXACTLY the emotion Trent wants.
I believe "Closer" to be the dividing point of the CD. Those who prefer the more "predictable" songs will most likely listen to the first half only. From "Ruiner" onward, the CD takes on the tone of someone whose mind is falling apart, until the title track.Read more ›
mr self destruct- the table of contents, an epilogue of what's to come.
piggy- the real beginning IMO, the place where everything starts to come apart
heresy- ok, you must understand that this is part of the spiral and not a real f-you to religion, but the character is saying there can't be a God for all this to happen to him
march of the pigs- the character blows off society
closer-the character uses sex as a crutch to lift himself out of depression...he tries to get closer to God
ruiner-again the depression screws up everything that he picked up through "closer", and nothing can stop him now
the becoming-the character becomes someone else, not him...you can say he's finally posessed and powerless
i do not want this-just listen Trent and the depression are in dialogue with each other...again "he wants to do something that matters" as the lyrics quote...
then it gets crazy!!!
big man with a gun-about violation and overpowering through sex, shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot as the lyrics say
a warm place-the morning after "big man with a gun" he finds solace after the sexual assault in the previous track
eraser-basically about self-rejection
reptile-again degredation through sex though even more severe...relates to prostitution
the downward spiral-the character is fed up with his problems..he imagines what it would be like to kill himself..
hurt- the finally undoing, the only thing that's real is the pain he feels from the suicide...Read more ›
The record seems to be arranged (it is a concept album) in such a way that the first tracks, up through "March of the Pigs" exude rage toward society. These first four, not coincidentally, are perhaps the most obvious songs on the album. From "Closer" (not the misogyny that most make it out to be, it's a confession to weakness for lust) on through "Eraser," these songs have a self-deprecating theme, with "A Warm Place" standing as a beautiful interlude with the desire to return to childhood innocence after the madness that is "Big Man With a Gun." Some don't agree that "Ruiner" is aimed at the self, but I'm convinced that the 'ruiner' is the biological masculine desire for women that so often stands in the way of normal reason.
Speaking of women, "Reptile" is in a league all its own. Anybody who has had any sort of bitter experience with women will want to roar with Trent as he laments the pain of love turning to betrayal. This song, along with "Closer," is so full of various sounds that it is a truly unique aural experience.
The title track, "The Downward Spiral," signifies the end (Reznor originally planned to close the album here), with the beautiful yet chilling theme heard earlier in "Closer.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
you call this crap music, my grandma makes better... get into real music with real guitars not this satanic techno crap... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Frank
Definetly a highly rated album... "Hurt" and "Closer" are the high points and most popular. "Big Man With a Gun" is great!
Overall very DARK. Read more
30 years from now Nine Inch Nails will be considered one of the best Industrial Rock Experiments to ever exsist they will be ranked up there with such rock heroes like... Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by TopRockCritic
this cd is trent reznor's best work with NIN. it's a truly great album that really steps up from pretty hate machine(which isn't really an industrial album in my opinon, but good... Read morePublished on June 24 2004
It took me a while to get used to this cd.Although I had been familiar with the song "Closer",which is a song I absolutely adore,as there are a few others I sort of... Read morePublished on June 24 2004
what can you say about this album. it is the ultimate Nine Inch Nails album, no doubt their best all around. Read morePublished on June 11 2004
This was not a bad cd. However it has not been the best cd I have bought. When I first got it, I thought: man, what is this crap? This is the kind of cd that grows on you. Read morePublished on June 10 2004