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This review is from: Year Zero (Audio CD)
You know you're onto a good thing when an album begins with such chaotic vigour as Hyperpower!, the introductory track on this new record from Nine Inch Nails. This, their fifth full-length release, is a concept album set fifteen years into the future, in an America with state-controlled drug addictions, a powerful secret police, and super-aggressive foreign policy.
The vastness and vividness of this conception is mirrored in the album itself, which encompasses various genres through the varying characters portrayed - from snarling rock, to intense and noisy electronica, to hauntingly beautiful ballads. Capital G sums up the message of the whole of Green Day's American Idiot album in three minutes of attitude-laden synth rock, whilst God Given sounds like Sexyback's angrier, politically astute older brother.
However, the album's highlight is The Great Destroyer. The track keeps growing in stature before first a soaring of vocal harmonies, and then a great cascade of pounding electronic beats that Aphex Twin would be proud of.
The motif of the album is `Art is Resistance', and listening to this album, it truly is resistance - an attack on the complacency of the record industry, and of our society and where we are heading. An album that cannot be ignored.