Link: Nine Inch Nails
The Inside Pulse:
Even with most of the band’s mainstream fanbase disappointed with The Fragile, Trent Reznor set out not to recreate his earlier success but to grow in new directions with his fourth full-length release, With Teeth. The new direction is almost staggeringly different, as NIN infuses the newly popular stripped-down garage rock sound with trademark industrial touches. Opening track “All the Love In the World” is a quieter and more minimalistic offering, and “Getting Smaller” is nearly full-on, radio-ready rock. Definitely a surprise and possibly a disappointing shock to kindergoths everywhere.
NIN’s angst rages strong in a different direction, taking the artistic route rather than banking on tried-and-true sounds straight out of 1994. “The Line Begins To Blur” captures Reznor’s ability as an artist.
Adding the mainstream elements somewhat waters down any sort of vibe intended on this release. One may describe it as “NIN Lite.”
Old Nine Inch Nails with the White Stripes.
Reason to buy:
If you like your angst, but you don’t want it to rip out your throat.