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4.0 out of 5 stars Glitchy industrial chillout, 22 April 2013
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Nine Inch Nails meets Massive Attack, with extra glitchy beepy stuff thrown in. Much more chilled out and meditative than NIN (tracks tend not to shift too much, or too dramatically. Guitars and shouting more or less absent). While the music is unmistakably the sort of thing Reznor/Atticus Ross have been doing since "Ghosts" and "Year Zero" (and if you loved the latter album, you'll like this - YZ is without a doubt the NIN album this HTDA release sounds most akin to) Mariqueen's vocals do have an understated, slightly spooky quality that Reznor's nasal brooding/shouting persona lacks in some ways.

The songs from the "An Omen" EP are all here (that'll teach me to pay attention), and I thought they were all great - it's really more of the same, so if you liked that EP, it's a safe bet. I got into the songs I'd never heard almost straight away, with the exception of 2 or 3 in the middle.

Production is solid, if you're an old hand at NIN then it won't blow you away like the 90s albums did, but still, absorbing ambience and bass that will give your headphones a workout and massage your head a bit.

Overall this is well worth a few quid, 1 star deducted because of the 2 or 3 tracks I don't rate so much (not awful, just not as good as the rest). Also the melody from "On the Wing" is a bit too much like "I can see clearly now" by Johnny Nash & this one is probably just me but the harmonies on "How Long?" remind me too much of "Mama" by The Spice Girls.

...I feel weird leaving it on that note, so I'll finish up by saying I prefer this release to "With Teeth" by Nine Inch Nails (not trolling).
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