Monday, November 4, 2013
NINE INCH NAILS / Hesitation Marks (2013)
The music attempts a similar kind of compromise. Amid the complex layering there’s some Pretty Hate Machine, some Fragile, some With Teeth, and even some of his soundtrack work in the second half. Structurally the album tries hard to make each of those eras into one cohesive whole but it comes out sounding bland and fatigued. It's telling and slightly ironic that the highlight (Everything) is the one that’s the happiest sounding of all.
Songs of Note: Came Back Haunted; Everything
2½ imprinted echoes out of 5