Nine Inch Nails
If I were to sit down and make two lists, one featuring my favorite studio artists and one featuring my favorite live artists, I doubt there would be much crossover. One band that would certainly make both lists is Nine Inch Nails, my favorite live show and easily one of my top five studio artists. Understandably, I was pumped to find out Trent Reznor and co. would be releasing a new studio album and embarking on a massive world tour this year. But as with most high profile releases, Hesitation Marks carried lofty expectations most records can’t hope to fulfill. So while NIN’s latest doesn’t break the mold on the artist, popular music, or anything really, I’m happy to say that at least it is a good album that shows no break in the attention to detail, quality songwriting, and emotional intensity we have come to expect from Reznor.
Bam! Just like that, artists began dropping tracks from the sky upon us all this past week. With the slight dry spell we have hit here in the late summer, it is nice and refreshing to have a breath of new music scattered upon us. It also is a pleasant reminder of some albums we have to look forward to this fall. So I decided to take advantage of these new single track releases by throwing out this list. There were in fact quite a few other songs dropped this past week as well, so you should dive into those as well, but these were my favorites. This was an impromptu list that I just constructed myself, so if something on the list does not sit well I am held solely responsible, and no blame should be put on the rest of the LxL team. Enjoy:
5. Nine Inch Nails – “Everything”
The most shocking song I’ve heard from NIN in … probably ever. Not due to any shocking lyrics or grossly aggressive industrial beats, but because of how poppy it is. That is right, welcome the poppiest, most new wave influenced song to ever exist in the Nine Inch Nails catalogue. I have to say I love it. The sound fits Reznor well, and although it may take a bit of getting used to from NIN, it’s a new trick for an old dog, and I love it.
Nine Inch Nails
“Copy of A”
Time for another entry in my bi-monthly Nine Inch Nails watch leading up to the release of Hesitation Marks on September 3. A couple months ago I took a look at lead single “Came Back Haunted” and came away less than impressed, but still hopeful Hesitation Marks would turn out to be the triumphant return of Trent Reznor’s most celebrated musical project. I think with the release of “Copy of A”, we can raise our expectation level a bit and trust we’ll get a solid product in a few weeks time.
Nine Inch Nails
“Came Back Haunted”
Nothing winds me up more than one of my favorite artists releasing a track to promote their upcoming album. When that particular artist is Trent effing Reznor with his flagship vehicle, Nine Inch Nails, then all the better. It has been five years since a proper NIN single, so when it was announced “Came Back Haunted” would be released in conjunction with the dates of the upcoming worldwide tour, I was foaming at the mouth. Its not like Reznor has been idle these past five years, in fact he has been busier than ever scoring David Fincher films and recording with spousal side project How to Destroy Angels. But NIN is what we all really want from Trent, so lets see how the new album, Hesitation Marks, is shaping up by way of evaluating the new single.
Baths’ new album Obsidian has a lot to write home about. From the spastic, haunting album opener “Worsening” to the gentle, yet still chilling album closer “Inter”, the album is ripe with fresh new digital chill-wave tracks that seem light and fun on the outside, but are quite deep and dark at their core. The reasons I am choosing to only write about “No Eyes” are two-fold. First: It’s my favorite song on the album. Second: It seems to be an unmistakably homage to another classic favorite of mine, “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails.