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With Teeth ~ Nine Inch Nails
With Teeth ~ Nine Inch Nails
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The latest album from Trent Reznor and co. is a brilliantly hard-rocking, punchy and tuneful set of songs.

In scope With Teeth is simpler and more straightforward than previous NIN discs like the sprawling, ambitious double album The Fragile. It's also a lot more song-oriented, and less reliant on soundscapes, ambient instrumentals or studio atmospherics. Reznor alternates electronic elements like programmed synths and drum machines with the more organic instrumentation of a real rock `n' roll band - metallic guitars, bass, tambourine, piano and live drums courtesy of Dave Grohl. It's a straightforward, high-energy hard rock album, and it's an excellent example of that. It's… Read more
Washing Machine ~ Sonic Youth
Washing Machine ~ Sonic Youth
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece, 7 Aug 2006
I'm surprised there aren't more reviews posted here for this brilliant album. Everyone and his mother knows that 1988's seminal Daydream Nation is a solid-gold alternative rock classic, but it isn't the only great Sonic Youth album and it's not even my personal favourite. I reckon that 1995's Washing Machine is one of their strongest, most fully realised works to date.

There are a few relatively poppy and straightforward moments on the record - the striking Kim Gordon-sung opener Becuz, the lovely and melodic Unwind, the sweet 60s girl-pop pastiche of Little Trouble Girl. But unlike the more compact and concise punk/grunge songs of the Goo and Dirty era, Washing Machine is… Read more
Dirty ~ Sonic Youth
Dirty ~ Sonic Youth
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as usual, 7 Aug 2006
Dirty is one of Sonic Youth's more accessible records and as such it's an ideal starting point for new listeners looking to get into this hard-rocking band.

The songs on Dirty are short, angry, lean, tight and muscular. They are shot through with an urgent, breathless energy. The whole album has a punchy, chunky, straightforward sound and a clean Butch Vig production that admittedly sets it closer to Lollapalooza-era alternative rock than to previous Sonic Youth albums like EVOL, Sister or Daydream Nation. My only slight reservation is that in straying so close to Nirvana's grunge/punk territory, they don't sound as instantly distinctive as they do on, say, Sister, so it's not… Read more