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An Omen EP, Limited Edition
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Vinyl, EP, Limited Edition, November 13, 2012
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I really hope AN OMEN is just all the stuff they decided to throw off of their debut album this Spring. If that's the case, then it's okay. If this is a good example of what we have coming our way, though, I may have to write off ANGELS.
Everything is so scattershot here. The first track is awesome - great bass, very much the kind of thing we were listening to on the first EP.
I actually love ICE AGE. I know a lot of die hards have a problem with it, but I really dig the stripped down sound. It totally sounds like a different band, but I still enjoy it. And if you can find the Soft Moon remix of it, do so. Even better.
ON THE WING is fine. Forgettable, but fine.
Then there's THE SLEEP OF REASON PRODUCES MONSTERS. God I love that title. Amazing. I get the reference and that makes it even cooler. But holy cow - I used to have a crappy electronic keyboard when I was growing up in the 80's and I could create the EXACT SAME SONG with it. Keep in mind that I have ABSOLUTELY NO MUSICAL SKILL WHATSOEVER! Unlistenable. If this wasn't a direct download from the official website, I'd say it was a joke and somebody had hacked in to add a fake track.
LOOP CLOSES - a GHOSTS or soundtrack song, I also dig this one.
SPEAKING IN TONGUES. Why? Just why? This is Trent Reznor's REVOLUTION 9. Look, I love when Trent does soundscapes and gets loud and YEAR ZEROy but this is just awful.Read more ›
Here is a good litmus test: if you listened to the single "Keep It Together" and thought it was just 4 minutes of repeat? You missed the point of the song, and will miss the point of the album, because there's some amazing stuff going on in there. You just have to give it the time to reveal itself to you rather than expecting to blast it loud in your car like Head Like a Hole and then be singing the chorus to yourself the rest of the day.
Keep it together is good, but I felt like it left a little to be desired. I actually really like Ice Age - it's pretty but still has some mystery. The loop closes starts out great but the continued repetition of the vocals, and those vocals in particular, kind of ruins it. Speaking in tongues is very good, but by this time I was still waiting for more.
I'll be hoping for more from the album, but there's still some things to like here. That being said, I prefer the first EP.
Those familiar with 2010's self-titled debut release could be in for a surprise as the group have gone in a different direction sound wise, some of the songs are really stripped back and unlike on their debut EP Maandig's vocals are not as much at the forefront this time round, there is also more vocals from Reznor himself which should keep long time Nine Inch Nails fans happy. An example of the stripped back sound is one the song "Ice Age" with its plucking strings being sung over by Maandig. The music at the times will recall recent Reznor/Ross collaborations from "Ghosts I-IV" as well as the pair's two score releases for the David Fincher movies "The Social Network" and the haunting "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo".
Any Reznor release would not be the same without some big heavy beats and there is plenty to be heard on the track "On The Wing" which has Reznor on a whispered lead vocal duties. People familiar with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" soundtrack will notice the similarities of Maandig's vocal take on "The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters" in which she hums over the music. If there is one track that sounds anything like a Nine Inch Nails track it would be the excellent "The Loop Closes" which sounds not too unlike "Into The Void" off "The Fragile".Read more ›
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Great album(EP). This is the EP companion to Welcome Oblivion. Has a couple cuts only available on this EP.Published 15 months ago by James Rainey
Preface: I am a huge fan of Trent Reznor. I think he is by far one of the greatest modern musicians in the "mainstream" (I use that term because, let's face it; he's not in... Read morePublished on December 20, 2013 by Norman Skyline
The album has got some good redeeming qualities, and I like a few songs, especially "The Loop Closes. Read morePublished on August 1, 2013 by Nicholaus Ferguson
but ill take it. its not your typical Reznor, but it has a lot of potential. cant wait to see whats next.Published on May 26, 2013 by Robert Cabrera
Not so great not so terrible. It is very mundane an depressing. I like NIN and thought i would like this... not so muchPublished on April 6, 2013 by RS
arrived much quicker than I thought. I wonderful departure from NIN. I will be getting the next one for sure.Published on March 20, 2013 by ben hailey
My husband was thrilled to get this disk, which had more songs than the version he'd downloaded from the artists website... Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by H. Oliver