With Teeth

Album Cover: The Future

"Love's the only engine of survival."
Leonard Cohen / The Future

Posted on April 27, 2005 9:05 AM in Music
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I'm listening to an exclusive online leak of the upcoming Nine Inch Nails release, With Teeth. There is no doubt in my mind that this album is going to pull all the TDS fans back into the fray. I think The Fragile scared off more than a few fans (myself not included), but With Teeth is already reminding me a lot of The Downward Spiral, and even a little bit of Fixed and Broken.

With Teeth brings back some of the aural maelstroms that made The Downward Spiral so awesome, but it also includes some of the brilliantly crafted basslines that were present in The Fragile. I feel like this new album has a lot more melody overall, and maybe not so much dissonance. The lyrics are strong, and most should be happy to know that "The Hand That Feeds" is no indicator at all of what the rest of this album has to offer.

So far, "Every Day Is Exactly The Same," the title track (which has an awesome, NIN-patented pause in the middle and a very unique chorus), "Getting Smaller" (talk about aural maelstroms!) and "Beside You In Time" are my early favorites. Given that "The Hand That Feeds" has actually grown on me, I can honestly say there isn't a single song on this album that I don't like. I seriously can't wait to have the album in my hands...or better yet, in my stereo.

For those out there who aren't into the whole "buying music" thing (it's so 90s, right?), it looks like there is already a torrent available.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Trent Reznor is the man.

Comments

Yoel Roth on April 27, 2005 at 12:56 PM:

My impression, at least from The Hand That Feeds, was that Nine Inch Nails sacrificed some of the musical identity they established with songs like We're In This Together to get a more publicly-appealing sound. The upside for Reznor is that NIN goes from a sort-of niche group to a mainstream top-selling-iTunes-song one; the downside is that long time listeners like me are more likely to be unhappy.

Unless, like you're saying, the rest of the album is better.

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Bernie Zimmermann on April 27, 2005 at 9:21 PM:

Rest assured, Yoel, it is. Better, that is.

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Yoel Roth on April 29, 2005 at 1:34 PM:

I can agree with that now. I got the rest of the album last night, and I'm extremely impressed with it. (There's a review-ish thing on my journal.)

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Steffanie on November 01, 2005 at 1:36 PM:

hmmm
after reading your comments, folks
i have to disagree with you
downward spiral
will always be my fave, simply b/c it was the first trent i ever heard
especially something i can never have
but i really really really like only
that is the one and only video by reznor i have ever seen all the way through
and it is the only one that i can honestly say i understand
i have lost my copy of with teeth in one of my many moves
but i will find it again soon i hope
have a lovely day...and feel free to write me back directly...
thanks for your time,
steffanie

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