If you read the reviews - opinion is clearly split on this little EP!
Personally, i loved it when it first came out, and 15 years on, its actually matured with age!
I'm going to polarise further with this remark - but this is one for the connoisseur of industrial. It harks back to the earlier days of industrial, before the genre was hijacked by overused guitars and standard (boring) metal overtones. The sound is minimal and bleak. The samples are choice and abrasive. Vocals are repetitive but effective. And the programming, even 15 years on, its absolutely awesome. Man, this is just a classic - similar in tone to the late 80's output of Ministry. (Think 'stigmata' etc). And if all that interests you - then buy the EP now.
However, if you like your industrial noise pretty, poppy and oh-so very accessible - then look elsewhere. Not to be revisionist - but later NIN stuff (and even PHM, for that matter) hooked in a lot of the Good Charlotte / teen-angst posse, who no doubt did, and apparently do, hate this stuff. Maybe this explains the motivations of the naysayers of this absolute gem? A matter of opinion, i suppose...
Anyway - an article of the time stated, 'this is a paradox; fixed is more broken than 'broken'!" Too right. If you think 'Head like a hole' is the be-all-and-end-all of industrial, then look elsewhere. However, if you see that classic as a 'good start' which doesn't go far enough - then buy this EP immediately. Trent is an ambassador for his genre, but this demonstrates he is clearly an auteur, an innovator and a genius too.