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Album of the year
on 16 September 2013
I'm a huge NIN fan. Let's get that out the way. At first when I heard this album, I loved numerous songs on it (Copy of A, Find My Way, In Two and All Time Low registering as classics almost immediately). Some of the other songs, while not being bad by any stretch didn't hit home quite as readily, and I did think there was a drop in quality in the middle section. However, having now listened to it a dozen or so times, I can happily say that repeated listens do greatly benefit this album, as it makes more sense as it goes along, both lyrically and musically. I Would For You, Everything, Various Methods of Escape and Satellite are all very good, brilliantly produced songs that each have something different to offer, and while there is definitely more of a Prince vibe going on than for any of his previous releases, he pulls it off with some aplomb. I'd agree with previous reviews stating that Running is the only weak moment, but even that now has a certain charm to it for me. 2 out of the 3 remixes on the deluxe edition are excellent too - the Find My Way one is just a bit odd to me though...
Best work since The Fragile? Absolutely. Best album of 2013 - even above the incredible Like Clockwork. Yes to that one too!