For Nine Inch Nails, breaking up an album’s worth of music into a trilogy of smaller EPs sustains fan excitement and diffuses pressure on creating a singular, definitive statement. It also allows the duo of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to take bigger risks. Years ago, the synthwave of Less Than would never have come from this band, yet Reznor’s snarling vocals and his wall of guitars à la The Hand That Feeds remain comfortable territory. This Isn’t the Place is a standout, foregrounding Reznor’s ability to build tension across an arrangement, one of his strong suits.
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The demise of the CD as the format of choice for top-tier artists, as well as the steady shrinking of our attention spans (down to an average of eight seconds, according to one controversial study), might have been the best thing to happen to Nine Inch Nails. Or maybe it’s the bitter bargain they’ve had to enter into that keeps core members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross on the road more than ever and doing film score work to make ends meet instead of tinkering in a studio for ages. Whatever the reason, the narrowing of their vision to an EP’s length has only made them stronger, more direct
Trent Reznor returns to Nine Inch Nails with Atticus Ross in tow. It's smarter, catchier and more raw - the only downside is there needs to be more.
Trent Reznor has always aspired to the artistic malleability of David Bowie, tweaking his sound and vision with each release while twisting his kaleidoscope of grays into different shades of anguish. Like the late Thin White Duke, he’s made missteps (his remix EPs never fixed anything, and his glitchy How to Destroy Angels space-pop detour could be his Tin Machine), but also like Bowie, he’s always regained his footing, funneling his anxieties into new teeth-gnashing horrorscapes. His soundtrack work in recent years.
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