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Downward Spiral

Nine Inch Nails Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Mar 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B000001Y5Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mr. Self Destruct
2. Piggy
3. Heresy
4. March Of The Pigs
5. Closer
6. Ruiner
7. The Becoming
8. I Do Not Want This
9. Big Man With A Gun
10. A Warm Place
11. Eraser
12. Reptile
13. The Downward Spiral
14. Hurt

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It's easy to understand why Nine Inch Nails became the industrial band to break out of the techno ghetto and win a larger audience. Trent Reznor, who records the NIN albums almost entirely by himself (although he tours with a full band), tries very hard to pass himself off as an angry young man, but underneath the angst-ridden lyrics, pounding synths, and grating guitars is an irrepressible pop sensibility. On the second full-length NIN album, The Downward Spiral, Reznor builds his constructions of noise and gloom around warm, fuzzy melodies. On the album's first single, "March of the Pigs," for example, Reznor screams about swine lined up for slaughter amid guitars screeching in pain. Suddenly the guitars fall away to reveal the sensually throbbing rhythm track below; then that falls away to reveal a vocal-and-piano track that's as catchy as anything by Elton John. Because Reznor has a better handle on dynamics now, the melodic core is more obvious than ever. --Geoffrey Himes

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Harrowing 1994 masterpiece. Features 'Closer' and 'March of The Pigs'. A descent through seven circles of hell.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way it should be listened to 11 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
The Downward Spiral has been one of my favourite albums for many years and 11 years on, it still sounds good. However this SACD version almost defies description, taking what is already a masterpiece to a higher level.
The anger, disillusionment and despair present in TDS is communicated with such force through this beatifully rendered and realised version of the album that, for the want of sounding twee, its more of an experience than an album of songs.
I can't recvomend this enough, if you like NIN then this is a must buy. Even if you only want to check out what the SACD format is capable of, this is an excellent demonstration (though I would imagine it makes pretty difficult listening if you're offended easily or don't like your music loud and distorted). Listening to the original stereo CD again just feels flat and unsatisfying compared to the experience that this SACD delivers.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Can Stop Me Now... 8 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is considered Nine Inch Nails' most controversial and disturbing work. They completely change their image that was first seen on "Pretty Hate Machine" to something much more darker and emotional. The result is a very successful and complex masterpiece that takes you to places you have never been in the music world. With each track you step in further and further into Reznor's mind. "The Downward Spiral" is an outstanding album and will always remain a classic.
The songs are much more complex and have more structure to them than the ones that appear on "Pretty Hate Machine" and "Broken." There are heavy songs, and there are soft songs. There are disturbing songs, and there are beautiful songs. You get to experience something different with each song.
The great thing about this album is, just like with any other NIN album, no two songs are the same. Each one has its own identity and feeling to it. Another plus is that there is not a single bad song on the entire album. My favourites are "mr. self destruct," "march of the pigs," "closer," "the becoming," "a warm place," "eraser," "I do not want this," "ruiner," and "hurt."
"The Downward Spiral" is an amazing album. Reznor knows how to make great music and continues to impress us even to this day. Be warned, however; this album isn't for everyone. It is indeed a very controversial and even sometimes offensive album. But if you love Nine Inch Nails, then this is a must-have. It is a CD I continue to listen to over and over again. It never ceases to amaze me. A classic to the very end.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I still can't believe that it was ten years ago that this epic of an industrial masterpiece came out. To this day, it remains a very popular album that people can never get enough of. It's classic Nine Inch Nails that can never be duplicated, no matter how hard one tries. It's angry, depressing, violent, disturbing and beautiful. So, how do you celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this fine album? You re-release it... and use all of your powers to make it sound better than ever before.
That was accomplished with "The Downward Spiral: The Deluxe Edition." All of the songs are here, and they have each been remastered so you can listen to these classic songs in a whole new way. It was a little hard to notice at first, since I was listening to it through my headphones, but once I blasted this thing through my speakers, I could immediately hear--no,FEEL--the change and improvement. You hear little subtle things that you could never pick up on in the original, as there's always a lot going on with each and every one of these songs. It was like listening to the album for the very first time. I can't even begin to express how impressed I am with it in words.
To take full advantage of this album, it is true that you should have an SACD CD player and surround sound so you can hear it in 5.1, and it is AMAZING. You really feel like each song is a living and breathing thing waiting to suck you up without warning. However, if you don't have an SACD CD player, do not fret. This thing still sounds INCREDIBLE without it. If you have a great sound system and some high quality speakers, you will definitely hear the difference. Heck, you can even pop this thing into your discman, then put in the older version, and you will be able to note the difference as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Despite the many imitations... 24 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album is a true piece of art. Seriously, they're gonna be playing this in art galleries in a hundred years time. An original and captivating work that surprises and delights as much as it rocks and rages. Now expanded as a two-disc edition, there is even more to savour. Wonderful remixes that aren't just filler, demos and b-sides that are better than most bands album tracks; "The Downward Spiral" stands head and shoulders above it's many, many imitators. And now it stands just a little bit taller
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Trent Reznor just not just write 'songs'. He writes experiences. Just as the auteur theory of film study teaches us that the image can be layered with meanings and statements quite independent of the narrative, so Nine Inch Nail's music constantly evokes a sense of structure, of attempting to convey a message through not just the lyrics, but through the music itself.

Here we have an album that tracks the human mind through a myriad of conflicting and contrasting moods and states. Opener 'Mr Self Destruct' begins with the sound of a man being beaten, setting an apt precedent for the album that follows. The resulting track at first bludgeons, but then throws off anyone who dares to believe they can predict its course, with an intricate break-down into a near white-noise. Follower 'Piggy' doesn't even try to follow, introducing an overwhelming atmosphere of melancholy that all but ecclipses the previous statement of malicious intent.

And so the album continues, confusing at every turn. Even when Reznor chooses to adhere to the Verse/Chorus/Verse format, it still seems like an attempt to subvert. 'Closer' is a really sexy song, riding along on a synth so gorgeous that it should dismay any Slipknot fans simply out for a record to 'mosh' to. Make no mistake, like Tool, Nine Inch Nails are an intelligent force of music, with so much more to offer than some bruises and a collection of other people's sweat in the moshpit.

However abrasive the record may seem, a sense of balance is still maintained throughout. The nihilism of 'Heresy' is stopped short by 'A Warm Place', an instrumental so delicate as to lull you dangerously into calm. And then the drum from 'Eraser' shatters your every being. This is not just a 'heavy' record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Awesome album. If you dont own it buy it. go on. do it now.... you owe it to yourself. really
Published 2 months ago by Mr. R. A. Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album by NIN
Although their recent album is sooooo good, I think this one will always be the best they have made! Great buy! :)
Published 4 months ago by Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars loVE PaSSIon & TOrn iNSIdeS
Nine Inch Nails have been held responsible for early, industrial drum n bass... Is this a good thing? I believe it is.

This album kicks ass. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece of all times
NIN's "The Downward Spyral" is one of the rock operas biggest masterpieces of all times. It's not possible to exhaust all the definitions and analises of this fantastic... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Davide Sorgato
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably their best
"The Downward Spiral" is less fun, but more sophisticated than NIN's first album, Pretty Hate Machine. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jed Tales
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful dark and heavy.
My first real venture into nine inch nails was the downward spiral. I had heard head like a hole on mtv, i think, and really liked it but didn't know much a bout the band. Read more
Published 15 months ago by scott walker
1.0 out of 5 stars Aweful!
Oh dear, I saw all the 5 star reviews and felt this album must be worth a try - especially as they have gone to the effort of recording it in SACD format. Read more
Published on 1 July 2012 by M. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection Just got better
The Downward Spiral is the album that changed my view on music and life itself (now i have long hair a leather coat) words can't do it justice so I will talk about the deluxe... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by The Meade
5.0 out of 5 stars excellentservice
This CD was a last minute request for Christmas and I could not have face slogging round the shops to try and find it, so many thanks for such prompt service.
Published on 28 Dec 2011 by hoodie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It was a very good transition! the seller was speed and the cd was in perfect condition! satisfied a lot!
Published on 18 Oct 2011 by Molosso
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