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Still Relevant - Still the most exciting music around,
This review is from: Year Zero (Audio CD)
It has now been nearly 20 years since the release of Pretty Hate Machine, and Trent Reznor heads into his forties a changed man.
Much has been written about how Reznor has kicked his demons to the kerb, no longer taking the drugs or alchohol that fuelled the excess driven Downwoard Spiral / Fragil years.
'With Teeth', the precursor to 'Year Zero' saw a almost shy Reznor step back into the limelight, after many years of letting his one time protegee' Marilyn Manson take centre stage. It was, in Reznor's own admissions, disjointed and lacked the confidence that filled previous works.
However, with 'Year Zero', Reznor has found his muse again.
the opening track 'Hyperpower' starts the album with a bang, with loud coruscating guitars and synths fighting for supremacy, reaching a crescendo that harks back to 'Mr Self Destruct', the opener of TDS.
'The Beginning Of The End' gives an insight into where the album will take the listener - the ideas of this being a soundtrack to fifteen years hence is laid. The lyrics also point to Reznor now turning his attention to politics rather than the introspection of TDS or PHM - this is quite obviously his attack on the Bush regime (amongst others).
Survivalism, the first (and quite possibly the only, given Reznors recent attacks on record company greed) single taken from YZ is a dance floor stomp, as infectious as Closer, with backing vocals from Saul Williams.
Each track is outstanding, taking the listener through a journey which doesn't end here - this is but the first of three albums which will deal with the Year Zero Concept.