Broken EP CD
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NINE INCH NAILS Broken (1992 UK 6-track CD EP including Pinion Wish Last Help Me I Am In Hell Happiness In Slavery and Gave Up fold-out digipak picture sleeve IMCD8004)
As a placeholder between the full-length "Pretty Hate Machine" and "The Downward Spiral", Broken packs a serious punch. Angrier and less poppy than "Machine", this EP is full of noisy hooks, if such a thing is possible (check out that guitar riff on the full-throttle "Wish"), and much closer aesthetically to the industrial subgenre that informs Trent Reznor's music. As song titles like "Help Me I Am in Hell" suggest, Broken is a work of undiluted rage, which is, of course, a big part of its appeal. --Genevieve Williams
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You start of with Pinion which slowly reaches its climax before throwing you head first into Wish, a very fierce song, with a great guitar riff throughout. Without much time to think you are then given Last, another great song, with a great riff, and great chrorus. Help me I'm in Hell is a very eerie song, you'll understand the name after you've heard it, and then you're thrown into Happiness In Slavery, this is a very hard hitting song, with a great beat underneatch all the industrious sounds. Then theres Gave Up, this is a really good song, it has alot of great sounds incorporated into it, with Reznors biting vocals over the top. We then gett o the bonus tracks, and although this can be annoying to fast forward all the way to 98, theyre definately worth it...Physical and Suck are two of my favourites on the cd theyre awesome. I definately reccommend this cd, and it's a must have if you're collecting all the cds.
PS Remember not to press 'Random Play'...you'll regret it...
It is a natural step of evolution though for this to be the bridge between "Pretty" and "The Downward Spiral". When the "Pretty" album was performed live, due to the instruments used and the players themselves, the previously synthesizer friendly sound was replaced by a wall of loud, heavy and abrasive guitars and banging drums. After this taste of heavy rock and seeing the disappointment of rock fans who had seen his live show first and bought the record after expecting more of the same, Reznor decided that the only step that he could make would be to incorporate rock music into the Nine Inch Nails sound. It could be seen as Reznor trying to alienate the "Pretty Hate Machine" audience, and it probably did.
Right from the starting gun, Reznor's new direction hits you over the head like a sledgehammer. The track "Pinion" works less as a song and more of an intro to "Wish", kicking into the apocalyptic sound that will be only too familiar to fans of "Starf******, Inc" and "Heresy".
The other tracks work much the same way, fusing the heavy, mechanical rhytyms of industrial to the loud, heavy sound of metal. The tracks are also quite poppy, when you strip away all of the extremities, Reznor's skilll at song structure and the knack for writing a poppy, catchy melody shine through. "Help Me I Am In Hell" is the intro to the most well known track from "Broken", "Happiness In Slavery", infamous for its universally banned video.Read more ›
Its only a short EP but Broken delivers on many levels, especially with standout songs like 'Wish' and the brutal 'Happiness in slavery'.
Followed shortly afterwards by the Fixed EP, Broken continued to secure NIN's place in alternative musics hall of famne for the 1990's.
Fans of NIN will know what I mean when I say "that Nine Inch Nails sound", and it's here on the Broken EP in abundance. Whereas a lot of the full length studio albums have moments of calm amidst the heavier tracks, this rarely lets up.
My personal highlight on this CD is Happiness In Slavery, but it really is a high point in amongst many others.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
People seem to be making something of how heavy this EP was, or seeing it as part of NIN's releases following the debut and how much of a change it was to the sound on Pretty Hate... Read morePublished 18 months ago by G. L. Jamieson
Ok - clever title of this post out of the way for god's sake just buy it. This is NIN does Metal industrial. "Last" is the greatest song Reznor has put out. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2013 by D.B.