First off, this has to be one of THE best albums of the year so far. I hope it doesn't go unnoticed when the awards are being handed out.
Secondly, to ht people comparing this to NIN's previous work (The Downaward Spiral in particular), please stop because it is good enough to stand alone. Also, to those that say that this is a more commercially-friendly record, I don't agree. Yes, it sounds more crisp, more polished, more 'sane' even than Trent's previous work but that is largely to due to him 'cleaning up' his act. New single 'Only' IS catchy and you CAN dance to it but so what? I found that I could dance to 'Closer' but did that make it MTV-orientated? If you listen to the lyrics, they really speak for themselves: "There is no f******* you, there is only me."
Like the previous reviwer, it took me a few listens to fully appreciate the depth of this album but once I got it, I fell in love. Standout tracks for me would be the brooding opener All The Love In The World, the superb Everyday is Exactly The Same, With Teeth, Only and Right Where It Belongs.
If you have only a mild interest in NIN or Trent Reznor please buy this album because I do not believe you will be disappointed!