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Fragile [Import]

Nine Inch NailsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,087 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: PID
  • ASIN: B000F6YPCS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,087 customer reviews)
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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Excellence and Genius November 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is "The Fragile." Agressive. Searching. Loose. Smashed up. Glued back together. Imperfect. Flawed. Closer to something. Sad. Happy. Optimistic. Searching. The wonder. The light. The turmoil. The brooding. The mind. The fragile.
Yes, all of this is Trent Reznor, his emotions and sounds standing naked to the listner in this two-disc album that refuses to leave you past the end. It's an album that's hard to describe, but it easily is put on the cinematic scale that only few bands like Radiohead and Pink Floyd can give you. "The Fragile," can easily be said that it's different than all of the other Nine Inch Nails albums--since all of them are so sonically different from one another--but in this case, "The Fragile" is an important turn. With the introduction of a more low-fi organic sound, like violins, yukelledes, and pianos, mixed with the electronic tension that NIN has long-since been associated with, you have a sound that is extremly avant-garde, almost art-rockish. One really good display of this is the opening track, "Somewhat Damaged. It begins with a simple innocent, accoustic guitar, playing the same tune again and again until it starts to be built up with more tracks of accoustics. A hard pounding beat sets in; every hit is distinct from one another like they all have personalities of their own. Electronic whizzing begins, filling the ears with more and more building tension; every new track builds to make the tune more intense. Reznor starts singing soon afterwards and quickly turns the song, which so innocently began with a little guitar, into a raging Goliath.
And that's just the first track!
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70 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic....... July 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's been almost a year since I've bought "The Fragile". I've listened to both CD's so many times it would make Trent Reznor either very happy or very worried. And you know what? Both CD's are still getting daily play. From the sheer anger of "No, You Don't" to the to funk angst of "Please" to the thumping evil beats of "The Wretched", this has to be the greatest album ever. I can honestly say I'll never find an album of this magnitude, simply because nothing comes close. That's a bold statement, I know, but it's all true. Whether you agree or not about that, you can't deny the fact that this album is the best produced album ever. It seems like every time I listen to it I find something new. Reznor and Alan Moulder did the greatest job humanly possible. And that's just the music. "Somewhat Damaged" (which is co-written by tourmate Danny Lohner) is one of NIN's best written songs. The emotion of it is extremely strong, the music is slow (at first) and then builds up to an explosion of anger being led by it's fragile-yet-angry lyrics. And to think, that's just the first song off the first disc (or the "Left" disc as it's referred to). Next is "The Day The World Went Away", a beautiful song with loud guitars and no drums. Then it's "The Frail" (one of the best of the instrumentals) which bleeds into "The Wretched", a song that sounds like you're going to hell and Trent's showing some empathy. "We're In This Together" is simply amazing. When that chorus kicks I still get chills up and down my spine. The title track has one of the most beautiful and sad guitar solos I've ever heard. Read more ›
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146 of 163 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fragility.. May 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
After seeing Nine Inch Nails in New Orleans last Thursday, I've decided to toss my hat in and write a review of Trent Reznor's latest masterpiece.
It all started with "Pretty Hate Machine", a spectacular album, that brought an industrial style of music to the masses. Followed by the much harsher "Broken" and then "The Downward Spiral", which melded the styles of both previous albums into one.
"The Fragile" expands greatly on "The Downward Spiral", fullfilling another piece in NIN's musical journey. Was it worth the five year wait? Certainly. Does it sound somewhat like it's predecessor? Yes, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Each Nine Inch Nails record flows into the next. They're not so much individual albums as they are one cohesive work. Building and extrapolating on each other to give the listener a glimpe into the sometimes tortured psyche of Trent Reznor.
Reznor's lyrics also tend to carry over from album to album, providing continuity. I think some of his better efforts are included on this album.
What sets NIN apart from most of the clones is the music. And here again, they don't disappoint. Sonically this is a beautiful work with layers and layers of sounds forming on top of each other, with new sounds being discovered with each listen. Some of the best tracks are the instrumentals like "La Mer".
Overall it's a brilliant album that most NIN fans already own and that the curious should check out. A breath of fresh air in todays stagnant musical enviroment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars They did it again!
Really like this CD. Mixes some old style NIN with some new and keeps it all true to NIN talent! It's a hit, a must if you are a NIN fan! Read more
Published 5 days ago by J. Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Excellent condition. excellent price. This record you must have :)
Published 23 days ago by Juan David Zapata Jaramillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
5 stars. Duh.
Published 26 days ago by amazon-customer-unit
5.0 out of 5 stars Two discs of amazing music.
Really one of Reznor's master works. Right up there with The Downward Spiral for sure, might be better but nostalgia clouds my thinking.
Published 29 days ago by leadcoffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simply amazing
Published 2 months ago by Adolfo T. Ortiz
3.0 out of 5 stars Only for fans of NIN
Good record with the true proposal of this band: a mix of rock, hard rock, electro underground and punk (this last only in its lyrics). Read more
Published 2 months ago by andrada
5.0 out of 5 stars Why not?
This is a masterpiece of coming to terms with depression, anxiety, and self loathing. I have been listening to this album for years, and finally bought it again digitally. Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one my favorite album of all time
This is a more mature NIN. Dark, smart, aggressive, delicate. Their are so many different sounds and vibes on this album, I'm amazed one person could make this. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
These guys are awesome! I'd been searching for a while to find a good used copy of The Fragile in vinyl - they had a copy listed as "acceptable" and I decided to give it a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Richard H.
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this CD
I had to buy another copy as my original got all scratched up. I love this set. Some of his best work!
Published 9 months ago by DSmith25
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