The new Nine Inch Nails album “With Teeth” debuted last week at Number 1 on the Billboard Top 100 Albums. This should quickly put to rest the critics who claim that Trent lost his fans by releasing the lengthy album “The Fragile” and then going into hiding for 6 years.
I saw the reviewer on Amazon.com state that NIN is a one trick pony, but that it is a really great trick. There is some truth to that statement, but at the heart it cheapens the work Trent does on his music. Have you ever heard a song by NIN that sounded so similar to another track that you would get them confused? (ie: Nickelback / Linken Park…) When you are dealing with heavy industrial music, this should not be overlooked. As one of the few remaining creative and totally original songwriters in modern music, Trent has a record of taking risks and releasing music that is honest, open and intimate. So much so, that fans that dig into his words are often rewarded for their efforts. These are the fans that made this album debut at number 1.
If you have never listened to NIN before or have been put off by their previous releases due to the dark brooding sound they have, then check out this new disc. It is much more accessible and lighter than the others and has some of Trent’s best work in decades.