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Friday, March 16, 2012

NINE INCH NAILS / The Fragile (1999)

A double album of two very distinct halves. The first disc plays like a concept album, it's moody and initially impenetrable but rewards repeated listens; it's a winter flower that slowly opens to reveal hidden beauty (if you can accept the notion that personal demons are a kind of beauty). It's full of the fuzzy guitar sound that people associate with NIN, but there's much more to it than that, it's layered throughout with hooks and a deep resonating bass that pumps like a slow, pained heartbeat. The second disc is more akin to a collection of songs, obvious singles and is much less interesting - it's for people with a shorter attention span.

Songs of Note: The Wretched; La Mer

5 pilgrimages to the great below out of 5

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