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Pretty Hate Machine Import

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 24 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000025WXZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 296 customer reviews
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Trent Reznor and Company's Groundbreaking Album that Includes the Hit Singles "Head Like a Hole" and "Sin".

Considered the breakthrough album that delivered a more palatable version of industrial music to the commercial audience, Pretty Hate Machine left its dingy mark on pop culture. The abrasive "sonarchy" of the album was first churned by despondent club-goers who roiled with the rhythms and aligned with the angst-ridden convictions. Since its release, the album's tempered deviations came to signify an aesthetic reverie for machine-driven martyrdom. Permeated by hissing engines and dissonant strains, the tracks cascade outside channels of modern complacency. Hits like "Head Like a Hole" and "Down in It" are recognized by the acidic beats, piercing riffs, and lyrical hostilities which snare the listener with disparaging rhapsody. Not for the light-headed, Pretty Hate Machine afflicts the inner sanctum and strikes a nerve. --Lucas Hilbert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of my all time favourite albums. I have had the original for almost 20 years this remastered version has reminded me how awesome this album really is. This remastered version fixes the 'quiet' of the original album and all the old songs sound even better than I remembered. I remember as a kid listening to my dad's old albums with him and can't wait to share my 'old' albums with my own kids.
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Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
the album Pretty Hate Machine is somewhere between 4 and 5 stars in rating if you ask me. I've owned a cd copy of this since the mid 90's when I about 10 years old. I've listened to this album close to 1,000 times probably, so when I saw it on vinyl for such a nice price I said why not. so I got it in the mail and put on my turntable right away (LP-60). the first song Head Like A Hole is classic and as it went to the first chorus it started to skip and I didn't stop skipping. so I did a little research on the internet about this and the news is this Pretty Hate Machine vinyl pressing is terrible. Trent actually warned his fans about this releases, the vinyl will skip on most record players (maybe it won't on really high end ones) the record sounds like trash as well, there's another pressing on this album with a bonus track which I probably won't buy for it's at a crazy price.

with all that said go buy the cd.
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Format: Audio CD
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Alright let's get this straight - I am not a NIN fan. I used to be but after while Trent's whiney voice got a bit too much. Added to that his music gets rather samey after a lot of listening ( hell I used to listen to these albums as a sort of bible for teenage depression - now I wince at the thought of listening to these again )
This however is a reasonable effort and the most hated of NIN CDs by fans because it sounds so 80s. Well it was made in 1989.
True the album may have some weak lyrics but there's warmth to them. Which is essentially what you need when you consider we're kinda talking about a synth pop\electro industrial pop we have here. This ain't rock - it never was and it never will be.
There are some nice touches with Ringfinger, That's What I Get and Something I Can Never Have. This is where that warmth comes into place.
Overall this is Trent at his most vulnerable I suppose. This is something that might attract some female admirers more unless they are diehard rockers with a hatred for synthy music. But it's done well. It's not as innovative as people like to imagine. Come on people if you really think this is industrial there are some gaps in your knowledge of the genre. What he did wasn't revolutionary - that happened way back in 1976 with bands like Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle and later on Skinny Puppy and Einstürzende Neubauten and even Ministry
But I won't harbour on about my purism towards industrial music. Buy this if you are a fan of the band or interested in getting into NIN. If you want something harder, there's always something better - and it came from the late 70s onwards to mid 80s
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 1 2006
Format: Audio CD
Woe. Pain. Anger. Rejection. And some very catchy industrial beats.

Trent Reznor has become legendary for the sound he perfected in "Pretty Hate Machine," his exceptional debut album. Wrapped in catchy industrial beats and sizzling basslines, he exposes all the rage and pain from being betrayed. Like a bad breakup, it's raw and rough and painful, but there's a strange catharsis once it's over.

It opens on a high note with the ear-blowing "Head Like A Hole," which alternates between dark techno and explosive hard-rock. "Bow down before the one you serve/you're gonna get what you deserve... Head like a hole, black as your soul/I'd rather DIE than give you control!" Reznor snarls. And he sounds like he means it, too.

That mix of rage and bitterness permeate the songs that follow. Not every song is a rockin' ragefest: "Something I Can Never Have" is a sweeping, haunted ballad with Reznor lamenting that "I'm starting to scare myself." It's one of the most powerful songs on a hard-hitting record, and shows Reznor's anguished vocals at their best.

But the majority are harder, angrier songs with Reznor's rough industrial-pop, raw singing and sparse electronic beats. The second half does drag a bit, but is pulled back up by the explosive "Sin" ("You give me the reason/you give me control/I gave you my purity/and my purity you stole!") and hauntingly out-there "Ringfinger."

"Pretty Hate Machine" could, in a sense, be seen as a concept album -- a mapping of the painful emotions in a breakup. Okay, painful breakups are not a big deal in the musical world -- every cheesy popstar does them.
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