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Audio, Cassette, Explicit Lyrics, September 21, 1999
The Fragile is even bleaker than 1994's The Downward Spiral as it lurches along with a perpetual scowl. A frenzied collection of buzz-saw pop, Trent Reznor's grim opus yo-yos through two CDs with scattershot intensity. Hushed one minute and explosive the next, spite and anger intermix with heartbreaking resignation, sometimes in the course of one song. Still, Reznor's dour and uncompromising approach is accessible and undeniably entertaining, even when he eschews vocals altogether. Unchanged are the obsessive lengths that he goes to for the sake of a dynamic thrill ride. The quiet tones that open the instrumental "Just Like You Imagined" suddenly erupt into a barrage of off-time rhythms and noodling keyboard riffs, all rising to a torrid conclusion. The sheer sonic invention on display here is astounding. Reznor's production approaches Brian Eno's in terms of dynamism, though it arises from a profoundly different sensibility. "Starfuckers Inc" uses chopped-up vocals for the verses and a shouting mob for its propulsive, Ministryesque chorus to mercilessly slam some of NIN's imitators (most pointedly, Marilyn Manson). And while there's nothing here as dance-floor-ready as Downward Spiral's "Closer," "Where Is Everybody" comes close, thanks to its slow, sweaty gyrations and Adrian Belew's slippery guitar figures. The Fragile's songs are ultimately simple explorations of deep disillusionment. However, once Reznor finishes twisting them out of shape, they're towering soundscapes of rage that are at once terrifying and beautiful. --Matthew Cooke
This is truly a work of art. Pure musical genius. I always forget about NIN when I talk about my favorite couple of bands for some reason, but there are very few albums in the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
One of the crowning achievements of 1999, alongside The Matrix and Ocarina of Time.
In all seriousness, one of the best Nine Inch Nails records ever made. Read more
The whole compilation rocks! Just put it on and let it play! One song blends into the next. Both CD's are great but I like 'left' a little more. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charlene Van Keuren
The first time I listened to this masterpiece I was thirteen years old give it or take. And a friend of mine got it, then I recorded into a tape, but what is funny is that neither... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Julio Alonso
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that is one of the most degrading things i've heard in a while. No wonder Trent made Year Zero and went after Bush the way he did.
Feb 12, 2012 by Shelley D. Bowen | See all 2 posts
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The original poster is telling you that this is his favorite album of all time, what are you trying to tell him it can't be? It has nothing to do with any of the bands you mentioned.
You have 2 Lamb of God albums listed and neither one is their best, Ashes of the Wake. You are wrong. ... Read More
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