Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
The Eater of Dreams
Awful. Like a child eating diamonds and shitting out sand.
Copy of A
Lyrically this sounds like the drunken rambles of a man with too much money - a Tory MP tucking into his lunchtime swan pie. It’s emotionally Xeroxed. The drum beat follows the repetitive and frankly 19 fucking year old pattern of Closer except with about the same intensity as a recent speech by the recently-castrated Nick Clegg.
Come Back Haunted
Another single melody lasting an entire song with stuff built on top. Could be 3 mins long but is 5. Yeah there is a cosy familiarity in hearing Trent sounding like Trent but Elvis still sounded like Elvis when he was shitting himself to death.
Find My Way
Considering the intricacies of NIN’s previous work – the remixes of Further Down The Spiral for example – it’s sad to hear such empty tracks like this. Where is his passion now? He sings in a dull lifeless monodrone like Nick Cave on ketamine. Five minutes too long.
All Time Low
The song before was an All Time Low to be honest. This just sounds like someone messing around with a sample of a cow. Definitely has the feel of Scissor Sisters at their worst.
Most of the song titles are review in themselves. It sounds to me that Trent decided to be Talking Heads but left his talent in his 20s. It’s crazy to think they used to be a rock band – we’re left with something so dull James Blake would consider it too slow.
Well, this one is up tempo. FOR A FUCKING PILE OF TRAVIS-CUNTSHIT. So toe-clenching awful I had to spend the rest of the album coercing my balls to come back out of my body.
Okay, so this can’t be as bad as Everything and has a decent groove to it. Nice tones and Trent’s voice actually sounds like it belongs on the song unlike all that went before it. He even breaks out of his monodrone.
Various Methods of Escape
Imagine if you paid for this record? Thanks Nine Inch Nails for highlighting that people who still buy music without streaming first are IDIOTS. Spotify saved me money on this rusty turd. This song follow the pattern of every other song on the record – 5 minutes long and nothing happens. Well, it kinda breaks in the last minute but mid tempo. It’s basically a re-tread of the “I won’t let you fall apart” ending of The Fragile.
Really like the buzzing melody and mellotron-esque backing vocals. Otherwise it’s all very steel drum Vampire Weekend and equally as pitiful.
I Would For You
Again there is something quite pleasant about the verse but the chorus sounds like Johnny Rotten singing the national anthem through his piss flap.
Finally, a bit of spark. There’s a bit of life here and some nice vocal effects. It loses momentum of course as every verse feels like it’s twice as long as necessary. It finally claws something back – again in the last minute – but it should have done this much earlier. Also none of the lyrics mean anything. They’re vaguer than Obama’s stance on drone attacks.
While I’m Still Here
Ugh. There’s less beat here than on your grandma’s life support monitor.
While typing the above I wrote Black Nonce. That would be 100% better. This instrumental end is actually quite good. It sounds like something I made in 2007.
Verdict: SKID MARKS