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  • Audio CD (24 Sept. 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B000025WXZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Head Like A Hole
  2. Terrible A Hole
  3. Down In It
  4. Sanctified
  5. Something I Can Never Have
  6. Kinda I Want To
  7. Sin
  8. That's What I Get
  9. The Only Time
  10. Ringfinger

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Considered the breakthrough album that delivered a more palatable version of industrial music to the commercial audience, Pretty Hate Machine left its dingy mark on pop culture. The abrasive "sonarchy" of the album was first churned by despondent club-goers who roiled with the rhythms and aligned with the angst-ridden convictions. Since its release, the album's tempered deviations came to signify an aesthetic reverie for machine-driven martyrdom. Permeated by hissing engines and dissonant strains, the tracks cascade outside channels of modern complacency. Hits like "Head Like a Hole" and "Down in It" are recognized by the acidic beats, piercing riffs, and lyrical hostilities which snare the listener with disparaging rhapsody. Not for the light-headed, Pretty Hate Machine afflicts the inner sanctum and strikes a nerve. --Lucas Hilbert

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By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Listening to Pretty hate Machine again, several years after buying it, it's hard to believe that the album is now fourteen years old. But sure enough it is, and it only goes to show how ingenius Trent Reznor was and how he still influences the music market today. I have three Nine Inch Nails albums, The Downward Spiral, Further Down the Spiral and Pretty Hate Machine, and in my oppinion this is by far the best. The reason I say this is that whilst the other albums seem a bit of a mish mash recipe of hardcore industrial and ambient noise, every song on Pretty Hate Machine straddles the line between heavy synth and metal music, creating a beautiful hybrid that puts modern day bands such as Linkin Park to shame.
From start to finish, there is not a bad song on the album; even Reznor's mock rapping on 'Down in It' stays in perfect harmony with the music. The meaningful lyrical style holds true throughout the album, delivering stark emotional messages and social commentary, whilst also injecting subtle black humour. The standout tracks on the album are 'Head Like a Hole', 'Terrible Lie', 'Something I can Never Have' and 'That's What I Get'.
In short, Trent Reznor was and still is a genius and Pretty Hate Machine is a truly landmark album that sounds as fresh today as it did fourteen years ago. And bear in mind that this review is coming from a rap fan.
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Trent Reznor remastered and reissued his debut album "Pretty Hate Machine" last year, now for some strange reason it's been reissued again. NOT by Trent Reznor who has no say in this!! He has even publicly stated his disapproval of this reissue.

That's all this is it's just a reissue, it hasn't been remastered so it still sounds like it's 1989 original, the artwork is more or less the same, 2010's reissue had complete new artwork done by Rob Sheridan and came in a fold out digi pack as opposed to the original jewel case. Nor does this version have the bonus track that was included in 2010's reissue which is a cover of Queen's "Get Down Make Love".

So while the songs are great and the album itself is brilliant and an important part of Nine Inch Nails history, this is not the version to be buying, this is just a record company looking to make a quick cash in. This is the link to last years remastered version Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster
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Nine Inch Nails debut album finally gets it's much needed reissue and a proper one at that! Now it's back in the safe hands of Trent Reznor who up till last year must have thought he'd never get the chance to remaster it but after a long journey he finally got it back and has done a great job with the remaster.

By Reznor's own admission Pretty Hate Machine had become dated in both sound wise and looks wise what with the bands name being sideways on the cover and that jewel case(Reznor has always been a digipack/gatefold man), and a 2005 reissue by rykodisc records did nothing to change that(a small change to the artwork being the only change). Reznor has totally overhauled it, improving the sound no end, listening through a decent pair of earphones and you will hear the difference, the beats sound heavier and bigger without going over the top in loudness, and Rob Sheridan(art director, video director etc) has been brought in to do the atwork and packaging and what a job he has done, the pink is gone(Trent thought it looked dated) and it's now a digipack/gatefold as opposed to the original gatefold, in a recent interview Rob stated that it was really hard to get the original design on the cover as he couldn't get his hands on the original artwork, this despite the help of Gary Talpas who did the original artwork, just goes to show we shouldn't take for granted the work that has gone into this remaster.

It's all very well making it look and sound nice but if the songs are no good then it's a waste of time, but that was never going to be a problem with PHM, from the opening beats of former live staples(nin no longer tour as a live act) "Head Like A Hole" and "Terrible Lie" they remind you of what a great debut album PHM is, it shows what a ear Reznor has for a catchy tune.
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For some reason I never really got into NIN, I don't know why. Listening to it now the electronic music would have put me off if I had listened to this any earlier. This album is perfect for when you want to listen to a really pop oriented Ministry.

Marilyn Manson was compared to him a lot especially around the release of `Antichrist Superstar' but to be honest I think NIN could more favourably be compared with Manson's newer more pedestrian stuff.

Pretty Hate Machine may have sounded dark and bile filled when it was first released but it doesn't carry today, If you listen to the lyrics they sound funny layered over such gentle music. This album was released in 1989 and the sound does lock it there thanks to the fuzzy synths, which is a point that you may take as good or bad depending on how much you like the Pet Shop Boys. I quite like the Pet Shop Boys as it happens and so quite like this album.

NIN probably don't deserve their status but this is a sound album worth checking out anyway.
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