Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails has foreplay, but doesn

By Lars Eirik Eide for Dagbladet on May 3, 2005

Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor once again proves himself a perfectionist. The influential musical industrialist has (as usual) been working on his new album, ”With Teeth”, for years, and the result is (as usual) an intricate work where everything seems painstakingly planned, exactly how it’s meant to seem.

Sense of melody

Johnny Cash’s version of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” spread Reznor’s sense of melody to place he couldn’t reach himself. The same sense of melody is an important ingredient in “With Teeth”. The most immediate version is first single “The Hand that Feeds”, complete with hooks, a head-banging riff and a singalong chorus. The beautiful version is “Right Where it Belongs”, a quiet and not least controlled song where Reznor’s vulnerable voice takes center stage.

And of course one hears Reznor’s usual suspects: industrial ingredients like aggression, electronics, angsty/spooky/intense vocals, among other things inherited from bands like Big Black. In addition, he can be a bit funky, and at times also quite sexy.

No hunger

The problem is that “With teeth” lacks the naked hunger that has always whipped out the greatness in Reznor’s music. And then this listener is left without the climax Nine Inch Nails promises and has delivered so brilliantly in the past.

Translated by Sveinung Mikkelsen

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