Nine Inch Nails debut album finally gets it's much needed reissue and a proper one at that! Now it's back in the safe hands of Trent Reznor who up till last year must have thought he'd never get the chance to remaster it but after a long journey he finally got it back and has done a great job with the remaster.
By Reznor's own admission Pretty Hate Machine had become dated in both sound wise and looks wise what with the bands name being sideways on the cover and that jewel case(Reznor has always been a digipack/gatefold man), and a 2005 reissue by rykodisc records did nothing to change that(a small change to the artwork being the only change). Reznor has totally overhauled it, improving the sound no end, listening through a decent pair of earphones and you will hear the difference, the beats sound heavier and bigger without going over the top in loudness, and Rob Sheridan(art director, video director etc) has been brought in to do the atwork and packaging and what a job he has done, the pink is gone(Trent thought it looked dated) and it's now a digipack/gatefold as opposed to the original gatefold, in a recent interview Rob stated that it was really hard to get the original design on the cover as he couldn't get his hands on the original artwork, this despite the help of Gary Talpas who did the original artwork, just goes to show we shouldn't take for granted the work that has gone into this remaster.
It's all very well making it look and sound nice but if the songs are no good then it's a waste of time, but that was never going to be a problem with PHM, from the opening beats of former live staples(nin no longer tour as a live act) "Head Like A Hole" and "Terrible Lie" they remind you of what a great debut album PHM is, it shows what a ear Reznor has for a catchy tune. First ever single "Down In It" sounds better now than it ever did, halfways through the album we get to another of Reznor's favourite live tracks "Something I Can Never Have" which is just haunting and will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, and was used to good effect in the Oliver Stone movie "Natural Born Killers" for which Reznor did the soundtrack. The second half has some of Reznor's catchiest songs he ever did such as the brillant "Kinda I want To" as well as the original version of "Sin" which is not as heavy as the version that was released as a single which is the version they play live. "Ringfinger" uses a drum sample from the Jane's Addiction track "Had A Dad"(The two bands co headlined 2009's nin/ja tour). With the reissue we get one new track a cover of the Queen track "Get Down Make Love" which was originally included on the single "Sin", Reznor totally changes the track from the Queen original and even has got a nice Queen sample in there.
Many people were hoping for a 2 disc version with 5.1 sound like what he did with "The Downward Spiral" or a studio version of Now I'm Nothing of which there is none available, but really the most important thing is that Pretty Hate Machine has been remastered even as recently as last year Reznor said there wouldn't be much chance of that happening.Read more ›
I'll be honest here and say that I have only rediscovered NIN after quite a few years. I am SO glad I did! Not now having the original release of this album I cannot directly compare this remaster with it. I will say that it has been treated with respect and the tracks are as fresh and pack the high level of impact that I remember. I genuinely believe this to be one of the best debut albums made for a long while and the remaster gives it a new lease of life. If you don't have it, why not?
Wow. The sound on this is superb and brought bang up-to-date from the original masters. And why would you want to download inferior quality digital files and miss out on the quality packaging? If you're a NIN fan then you've probably already got this. If not I seriously recommend you buy this classic album.
I have waited a long long time for a re-mastered version of pretty hate machine. The old cd was very quiet on my ipod and stereo compared to other nine inch nails recordings, but with the new release I'm happy to say that's no longer the case. Loud, punchy, classic nine inch nails, always a great record, now with superior sound quality.
Trent has really done a number here. I was a bit sceptical about this, as I didn't find a huge difference in the downward spiral remaster and the original. But this is utterly fantastic. It's not the usual remastering process, as Trent is a producer himself, he knows full well what remastering is all about. It's not just about beefing it up and making it louder, it's in the details. The drums kick more, bass is deeper, synths are clearer, and the samples more detailed. If you listen to the song That's What I Get, it's like a whole new experience. Pretty much every song is, in fact, but it's more noticeable on the songs which have more layers, complex production, and samples.
I'll be honest, I always LIKED this album, but the way its been remastered and sounds the way it SHOULD have done, is actually now one of my favourite NIN albums, in terms of repeated listens, and sounds perfectly complete. It's almost addictive. I played it to a friend whose also fan, especially of this album in particular, and is normally very sceptical about these things, but as soon as the drum and bass kicked in on Head like a Hole he said 'Yeah, I notice it STRAIGHT AWAY'. It sounds far more detailed and well produced, Trent's genius truly shines on this.
I highly recommend this purchase, worth every penny. It's almost like buying a brand new NIN album, with Trent going back to his roots and making an album with an 80s vibe.
So, forget about the original tinny sounding version, unless you want to keep it for nostalgic purposes, and go for this. For NIN fans its a must. For people who favour this to his later, darker stuff, don't waste another minute and click add to basket, and get this beauty. Trust me, you won't regret it. It even has a bonus track, Get Down Make Love, which is good, but doesn't seem to fit in with the tone of the rest of the album. But's nothing to really complain about when everything else here is pure gold.
I just wish that Trent would have worked as hard on the remaster of The Downward Spiralas he did with this. But I guess that was more about re-releasing it for SACD players (which I don't own, and never took off anyway, as well as the patchy bonus disc). I hope he'll remaster Broken and then perhaps another remaster of The Downward Spiral and work just as hard on making it sound as clear and detailed and punchy as this. A fine release.Read more ›
I bought this an age ago , and just had it recommended in the "if you like this , you will like this " so gave it a first listen in years . It really stands up and hits a spot that contemporary bands don;t quick find . It's aggressive lyrically , it's hard hitting rhythms , but most of all it is the perfect combination of rock and electronica .