Originally published in SexBuzz.com Magazine on November 1, 1999
Lyrically, The Fragile revisits much of the same ideas of betrayal and darkness as The Downward Spiral. Hushed one minute and explosive the next, spite and anger intermix with heartbreaking resignation, sometimes in the course of one song. An album accessible and undeniably entertaining, even when he eschews vocals altogether. The Fragile's songs are simple explorations of deep disillusionment. This album is terrifying and beautiful at the same time, two CDs with scattershot intensity.
Transcribed by Keith Duemling