Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth

8 out of 10

By Andru for Gear Live on May 3, 2005

Is there anyone more hurt and pissed off than Trent Reznor? Does the sun ever shine in Reznorland? If not, I hope it stays that way because something is working for Nine Inch Nails. Legends in the world of industrial music, heavyweights in the music industry as a whole, each album that comes out of NIN camp has been mastered, remastered, and remixed until every blip and bleep is perfect. Sounding sonically amazing, with the dark, cryptic lyrics that one has come to expect out of NIN, “With Teeth” is their best release since “Downward Spiral”. With the exception of “The Hand That Feeds”, which sounds like Reznor appeasing the suits at Interscope with a radio hit, “Open Season” is ambitious and pissed off. Tracks like “The Collector” is pure aggression, and “Only” is, dare I say it, actually a bit funky for a NIN song. The album as a whole is incredibly rhythmic, with driving drums and incredible beats. The most surprising track on “Open Season” is also one of the best, the piano ballad “Right Where It Belongs” is beautiful and hurt, Reznor baring his soul on disc. Nine Inch Nails have released one of their best, an 8/10.

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