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Pretty Hate Machine [VINYL]


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  • Vinyl (15 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B0052T7JR6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Head Like A Hole
2. Terrible Lie
3. Down In It
4. Sanctified
5. Something I Can Never Have
6. Kinda I Want To
7. Sin
8. That's What I Get
9. The Only Time
10. Ringfinger

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
Listening to Pretty hate Machine again, several years after buying it, it's hard to believe that the album is now fourteen years old. But sure enough it is, and it only goes to show how ingenius Trent Reznor was and how he still influences the music market today. I have three Nine Inch Nails albums, The Downward Spiral, Further Down the Spiral and Pretty Hate Machine, and in my oppinion this is by far the best. The reason I say this is that whilst the other albums seem a bit of a mish mash recipe of hardcore industrial and ambient noise, every song on Pretty Hate Machine straddles the line between heavy synth and metal music, creating a beautiful hybrid that puts modern day bands such as Linkin Park to shame.
From start to finish, there is not a bad song on the album; even Reznor's mock rapping on 'Down in It' stays in perfect harmony with the music. The meaningful lyrical style holds true throughout the album, delivering stark emotional messages and social commentary, whilst also injecting subtle black humour. The standout tracks on the album are 'Head Like a Hole', 'Terrible Lie', 'Something I can Never Have' and 'That's What I Get'.
In short, Trent Reznor was and still is a genius and Pretty Hate Machine is a truly landmark album that sounds as fresh today as it did fourteen years ago. And bear in mind that this review is coming from a rap fan.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nebula on 29 Dec 2005
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1989, this is the debut from Trent Reznor, the man called the "Gothic Reincarnation of Mozart".
It is a landmark album for industrial as it bought the genre out of being an underground music into what nearly became the mainstream.
Those unfamiliar with the genre branded "industrial", should kick them selves- it is a mix of synths and sampled beats to metal with its live instruments.
This album in particular leans toward the Techno side of industrial unlike the metalish "Broken"
In a sentence this album is a mix of subversive lyrics married with funky beats and washed with synth, then married to a guitar and bass, finally layering it with a paranoid and beautuful sound.
Soulful melodies combine together with the screching synths to make a sound that will instantly hook you. Buy now and use it to judge all NIN's and other industrialists albums. A fantastic album!
A recomended follow up purchase would be the sublime "Broken" by NIN
(features the singles "Sin" and "Head Like A Hole")
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By phmds@aol.com on 28 Jan 2000
Format: Audio CD
For anyone who is "into" Nine Inch Nails, you must start at the beginning with "Pretty Hate Machine", granted its not as heavy as "Broken", "Spiral" or "The Fragile", but its kicks major ass. It has alot more synths then guitars(but still rocks), these songs were written about a good relationship gone bad as described by Trent Reznor. Once you hear "Terrible Lie"(still a concert favorite)"Sin", and "Thats What I get" you feel the anger, passion, and decay. "Something I Can Never Have" pretty much could be used to describe millions of people including myself, while "Down In It" is basically saying should I end it? PHM also contains the hit "Head Like A Hole" as well as choice tracks like "Sanctified", "The Only Time", and "Kinda I Want to", how could you not by this cd? If you're a fan of NIN you alredy have this, if you would like to get inside the mind of Trent Reznor just a little bit, pick it up, you won't be disappointed...this disc contains the very beginnings of a masterpiece called NINE INCH NAILS
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DarrylS on 27 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
Released at the height of the Hair Metal years of rock, and even supported by a tour with Guns n' Roses, Nine Inch Nails' debut opus Pretty Hate Machine was an unlikely success.

But has it stood the test of time? Yes, and in some ways, no.

On the opening track, 'Head Like A Hole' Trent Reznor sets out his stall, combining heavy guitar riffs with an infectious dance beat, to create what is still, a rock dance hall favourite. The lyrics point towards the mindset that Trent Reznor was in at the time - angry, lost, heartbroken and confused at the world around him. These feelings are propagated by tracks such as 'Terrible Lie', 'Something I Can Never Have' 'Sin' and 'Ringfinger'. However.... the album at times can sound 'of its time' with the almost comedy rap of 'Down In It' and 'Thats What I Get' showing the albums age.

Dont let that put you off though - this is a powerful work, that even in its lowest points, shines through unlike so many late 80's rock albums have managed to do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Filthy the Dog on 26 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
Much livelier and more melodious than "Downward Spiral" and "The Fragile" this hit a whole generation of alternative rock fans like an industrial steamhammer when it was released at the end of the eighties. "Head Like A Hole" was still being played in rock clubs in the late nineties and "Something I Can Never Have" featured in Natural Born Killers' soundtrack, showing the enduring power of this LP. The best thing is, neither track particularly stands out (well, maybe "Something...") amidst the other songs on offer on this stunning album.
"Head..." kicks off proceedings in fine style, its angry guitar, haunting synth and Reznor's bitter vocals spitting out of your stereo leaving you breathless and on edge. The industrial sound with which NIN were often associated comes through on "Terrible Lie" before things slow down a little for "Down In It" and its surreal lyrics. "Sanctified" brings things up to an industrial snarl again before the piano intro on "Something I Can Never Have" drifts in to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
"Something..." is a masterpiece. So simple yet incredibly beautifully crafted and with an amazingly poignant image drawn through Trent's bitter-sweet lyrics.
Once it's over you feel yourself emotionally drained and it's almost a relief to have the bouncy "Kinda I Want To" kickstart you back into life.
"Sin","That's What I Get" and "Only Time" revert to the industrial rock that permeates other tracks on the album and "Ringfinger" is true to form as well, brimming with samples (spot Jane's Addiction!) and electronic beeps and drumbeats, as well as tortured guitar licks.
One of the albums that changed the direction of rock music in the late eighties and early nineties, along with the likes of Living Colour's "Vivid", Jane's Addiction's "Nothing's Shocking" and Faith No More's "Real Thing" and an essential addition to the album collection of today's army of Nu-Metallers looking to see where it all began...
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