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Pretty Hate Machine

Nine Inch NailsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 9, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tvt Catalog Ent
  • ASIN: B000CDHUR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Head Like A Hole
2. Terrible Lie
3. Down In It
4. Sanctified
5. Something I Can Never Have
6. Kinda I Want To
7. Sin
8. That's What I Get
9. The Only Time
10. Ringfinger

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10 tracks: head like a hole; terrible lie; down in it; sanctified; something I can never have; kinda i want to; sine; that's what i get; the only time; ringfinger; produced by trent rezner with flood.

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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review for new fans. April 13, 2005
Format:Audio CD
If you don't own any NIN's albums, this is definitely the place to start.

"The Downward Spiral" will probably forever be Trent Reznor's most popular and critically acclaimed album. And "The Fragile," in my opinion is Reznor's magnum opus. And although those are some of the best albums in modern rock, they both need time and a few plays to get into. "The Downward Spiral" is a classic, no doubt, but it's so intense, people unfamiliar with NIN may be initially turned off. And with the "The Fragile," there are a lot of instrumentals with long buildups and climaxes (not that that's a bad thing). Both of these albums need a few plays to really appreciate. "Pretty Hate Machine" is more meat-and-potatos and gets right to the point with each song. It's easy to digest these songs with just one listen.

NIN's debut album, "Pretty Hate Machine," is instantly assessable, instantly catchy. Some industrial purists may eschew NIN for being overly assesable/pop, but the hooks in these songs are undeniable. "Pretty Hate Machine" is not the kind of album where you listen to it a few times, every once and a while, or listen to a few songs now and then. "Pretty Hate Machine" is the kind of album that you get hooked on. And it's not just a few songs, the entire album is mesmerizing.

From the opening classic "Head Like a Hole" to the closing "Ringfinger" every song is meticulously crafted and delivered. Even if you know nothing at all about Trent Reznor, just by listening to any of NIN's albums, you get the sense that every song on every one of his albums is a labor of love.

This is the kind of album that any person can relate to.
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146 of 170 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sibling Revelry December 31, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Back in the early 90s, W. Axl Rose used to rave about Pretty Hate Machine to any interviewer who would listen to him. In those days, when Axl recommended something, it got me plenty curious. But then I talked to my friend, Chris, a member of our Armed Forces at the time, who was seriously into industrial music. To him, industrial meant Front 242, Ministry, and The Revolting Cocks, not Nine Inch Nails. Chris told me Trent Reznor was not the real deal and forbade me in no uncertain terms from purchasing Pretty Hate Machine.
A few years later, the Downward Spiral came out and the critical acclaim for it was thunderous. By this time, Axl's whereabouts were something of a mystery as were those of Chris. With no one else to influence me, I listened to the critics and purchased a copy of the Downward Spiral. I gave it several listens, but to be honest, it didn't do much for me. I put it in my CD holder where a few years later, my brother (a high school student at the time) would discover it. He and my sister wore that CD out and my brother soon became a NIN completist. You know the type who buys not only every album, but also every single. Clearly my siblings "got" what Trent Reznor was up to and I didn't. I figured the "industrial pop" scene just wasn't my thing.
Fast-forward another 6 months or so and I was now living in a small village in western Kenya. My sister would send me music tapes with some regularity and you have no idea how much I appreciated them (that is, unless you've already read my review of Machine Head's Burn My Eyes album). One of the tapes my sister happened to send me was Pretty Hate Machine. At that point, my thought process went something like this..."Nice gesture, but she should know by now that I'm not crazy about NIN.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wise man once said: February 6, 2000
By "dryth"
Format:Audio CD
"-I think there's something strangely musical about noise." Well, I have to say that there is something strangely musical about Trent Reznor that makes Nine Inch Nails one of my favorite bands. Pretty Hate Machine is by far the best Nails CD ever to be released! However, if you have only heard stuff off of The Downward Spiral, Broken or The Fragile, you might want to concider listening to the CD first before buying it, cause no NIN album is alike.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty "Hate" December 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Woe. Pain. Anger. Rejection. And some very catchy industrial beats.

Trent Reznor has become legendary for the sound he perfected in "Pretty Hate Machine," his exceptional debut album. Wrapped in catchy industrial beats and sizzling basslines, he exposes all the rage and pain from being betrayed. Like a bad breakup, it's raw and rough and painful, but there's a strange catharsis once it's over.

It opens on a high note with the ear-blowing "Head Like A Hole," which alternates between dark techno and explosive hard-rock. "Bow down before the one you serve/you're gonna get what you deserve... Head like a hole, black as your soul/I'd rather DIE than give you control!" Reznor snarls. And he sounds like he means it, too.

That mix of rage and bitterness permeate the songs that follow. Not every song is a rockin' ragefest: "Something I Can Never Have" is a sweeping, haunted ballad with Reznor lamenting that "I'm starting to scare myself." It's one of the most powerful songs on a hard-hitting record, and shows Reznor's anguished vocals at their best.

But the majority are harder, angrier songs with Reznor's rough industrial-pop, raw singing and sparse electronic beats. The second half does drag a bit, but is pulled back up by the explosive "Sin" ("You give me the reason/you give me control/I gave you my purity/and my purity you stole!") and hauntingly out-there "Ringfinger."

"Pretty Hate Machine" could, in a sense, be seen as a concept album -- a mapping of the painful emotions in a breakup. Okay, painful breakups are not a big deal in the musical world -- every cheesy popstar does them. The difference is, Trent Reznor does them with passion, genuine anger, and explosive music that mirrors the betrayed feelings.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album....
Downward Spiral is my favorite NIN album, but this one is also very good.
Published 1 month ago by Batgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
The best NIN album ever.
Published 2 months ago by Ladie1980
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this record
Published 2 months ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic NIN Everyone has to have a
Classic NIN
Everyone has to have a copy
Published 2 months ago by elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Wore out the old one
I'm a huge admirer of Trent's. He's a creative genius with loads of talent and apparently has talented friends who help him make this amazing music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MelodysTune
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!!
I have been buying LPs that I want to have in my permanent collection. I was in the record store and a track off this album played. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kain Macy
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginner's NIN
One of my all-time favorite albums. One of the few that I listen to without skipping any songs. Trent Reznor's brilliant NIN-for-all album. Love, love, love it.
Published 5 months ago by Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
being that this is the first album , i was suprised by the diversity and powerful songwriting and awesome production.
Published 6 months ago by Valued Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars this lp skips more than anything i have ever bought
i trust this seller because I have bought from them before but this piece of crap skips more then anything I have ever heard and I collect old stuff also
Published 7 months ago by halocalifornia360
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Its an amazing record, great listen to anyone into alt rock or old school hip-hop. Also a great introdution into NIN, makes all other records by NIN an easier ajustment to the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Vincenzo Milione
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Improved Sound Quality?
The 1991 release sounds the best. The 1989 copy is not as clear as the 91 copy.
Feb 27, 2012 by billy stacy |  See all 4 posts
Pretty Hate Machine CD (2007 vs 1989)
Sounds like 1989 copy. Try to find 1991 release, it sounds great.
Feb 27, 2012 by billy stacy |  See all 2 posts
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