21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real grower
When a friend loaned me his copy of Year Zero, it was the first time I had sat down and properly listened to anything by Nine Inch Nails. (Since then I've really got into them.) At first I wasn't really fussed: it seemed like angry lyrics set to a load of electronic chaos. But after a few listens, the music started to resolve itself into something really brilliant...
Published on 23 Sep 2007 by L. Donaghy
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not THAT good....
I've been listening to NIN for nearly 20 years (yikes!) and you always have to admire what Trent Reznor does but for me this album and the last haven't lived up to his outstanding and original works like Downward Spiral and The Fragile. Parts of Year Zero sound like bad Marilyn Manson and Trent (bless 'im!)seems to be sliding towards un-originality and samey-ness. There...
Published on 20 Aug 2007 by reader/listener
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7 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing,
I bought NIN's latest offering on the strength of the positive reviews that other seemingly well-informed Nails fans had given it. They obviously like a different Trent Reznor from me. This album is bland, soporific and lifeless.
Nine Inch Nails reached their (his) peak with The Downward Spiral. It's all been spiralling downwards since then. If you're a big Fragile fan, you might like Year Zero, though I would suggest it's even a regression from With Teeth. At least that had one track with a bit of attitude on it.
If, like me, your NIN appreciation has now to be historic (try to best the Fixed version of Wish, if you dare) we should conclude that Trent has succumbed to a comfortable, medium-paced middle age and his music should now be consigned to shopping malls. I'm going to fix my gaze on less compromising artists such as Killing Joke, Marilyn Manson and Motorhead.
7 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish,
This is the worse NIN release ever. The whole album feels like Trent left it to the last minute to record the album.
Expect random nasty sounding samples, weak vocals and nothing attractive to listen to.
The basic pattern of virtual every track is:
30 seconds of bad drum machine intro
30 seconds of random noise
rinse and repeat
more noise and bad drum machines
If you have a taste in music, avoid like the plague.
2 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A downward spiral,
Well where others have raved about this album, I on the otherhand have a less enthusiastic feel for this album. In my oppinion I feel that this album is rushed considering that it usual takes years for an album to be released prior to the previous release. The songs on this album are not up to scratch I think. I prefer the earlier more experimental songs/albums and the more generally more electrical stuff that NIN have released such as 'The Downward Spiral', 'Pretty Hate Machine' and the 'Jack's Wasted Life' soundtrack. That stuff makes this later 'music' sound like a standard, mass produced Kerrang! band.
Unfortunately Trent has turned NIN in to a mediocre metal band and I see no turning back for them now, not to the good stuff that got them famous. This could be Trent in his old age and growing out of drug and depression influences on his music but this album is a message (even more so than 'With Teeth') to fans of NIN that mediocre and tame music is the way foreward.
One upside of this album though is the conspiracy behind it and what the hidden messages are. It's well worth researching into this album and seeing what can be found...
1 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Year Zero,
I was really excited to hear there was a new NIN album on the way and the idea of it sounded good(based 15 years in the future), but it just does not work. Lyrically they needed a change in direction being pissed of all the time does not work when you are not pissed off like "With Teeth" showed prime example "You know what you are". So the idea sounded good but on listening to the album you dont really know what he is going on about most of the songs. Guitars and live drums are near enough non exsistent, it all sounds like a computer crashing on most tracks. There are some exceptions though "hyperpower" starts the album of really well with a good mix of heavy drums and great guitar work and keeps building up steadly until it just seems to cave in on its own heavyness. "Survavilism" is a really catchy song with a great chrous, which i am sure will have most people singing along. After that the album seems to just plod along with stupid computer like songs until "capital g" comes on which is a really good song and a great choice for a 2nd single. Yet again the album plods along until "meet your master" which has some catchy parts to it. The album ends really strong as most NIN albums to but overall a major dissapointment. I thought maybe after a good few listens it would really grow on me but it didn't at the end of the day i was just not impressed by this album at all. NIN need to bring in the heavy drums and heavy guitars like on albums like "The downward spiral","The fragile" and "Broken" which most people will agree were there best efforts really exceptional albums. The whole album just sounds like an annoying virus has been put on the cd and it is not really appealing at all.
3 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tripe,
Sounds like a paranoid goat wearing steel pants having a fit in a submarine.
Awful stuff. Mr Reznor needs to get his head sorted and start writing like he did for the Fragile.
5 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A great comeback ?? I really don't think so....,
I am a very very huge fan of nin, i hated with teeth so i expect to see something better but again...it getting worse. Let me just put it this way.
Lyric : Where're those good lyrics which we found on PHM, Broken and TDS ??
Music : Sounds better than with teeth but nothing NEW.
Melody : The worst of the worst !! Feel like it took only 5 minutes to write those melodies !!
I know many nin fans are happy and think that this is a cool album but i am sure because it is a new nin album to you so you feel excite about it but listen closely...maybe after 5 years, you will accept that those day of nin has gone so long. I think people can write great music if they are in great depression but now trent is a happy man so do not expect anything like his early work (when his life was sucked and full of sh_t).
0 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars it may surprise you,
I been a NIN fan for years, and i actually quite liked the change of pace on "with teeth" dont get me wrong, I like noisy too. it does take a few goes to get in to, but i think a few classics are hidden in there, not quite sure about the "funky " bits maybe im too white...
2 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Is this " deep " enough ?,
Thats based on the 1 track ive heard " Survialism " which in itself has me cringing with Bad English.
These peeves aside Im afraid Id have to agree entirely with reviewer 1.
Being long term fan you look back and compare the elements that the likes of PHM had compared to " Fraggle Rock" err I mean " Fragile " and it worlds apart .. no fancy equipment etc etc just creativity and one somone who had something to say.
Thats the point and you can hear it as the main difference between NIN post fragile and after , theres no meaning or any sense of it being personal but rather a man try to recapture or modify what he did effortlessly before .
I love what Trent did but seriously between the video , the lyrics .. and now a scarf ??
Its light years away from something like " Wish " .
I understand the need for artists to change too , but theres not really many who do it well if at all, some like the Cure endure for a very long time but as their last album showed too they seemingly have lost their touch.
To me Trent should go see shaman about soul retrival becaus since , 97's Perfect Drug ( which I actually liked ) hes defintely lost it.
New Fans might love this , thats great but you should really check out their early stuff to get glimpse of all that could of been.
over and out
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