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March 5, 2013

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 1, 2013
  • Release Date: March 1, 2013
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:34:13
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  • ASIN: B00BKEMX28
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,146 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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If you like electronic/industrial music, this album is fantastic.
M. McArthur
I'm a huge NIN fan and was overjoyed when I heard Trent Reznor was doing a side project with his wife and Atticus Ross.
Michael Arenson
Listen to this album on a good equipment and be blasted by all the nice sounds HTDA has to offer.
Chmoller

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91 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Penumbrielle on March 5, 2013
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You do not need me to tell you whether you like this style of music or not - If that sort of review is what you seek, I'll let other folks handle that (though I 5-starred it because I happen to love it) Instead let me suggest to you what you'll want to do to get the most out of trying this album out, because if you are a Trent Reznor fan we pretty well know you are gong to just buy it whether the reviews are good or not.

1: A great soundsystem, or a nice pair of headphones. This album is the cutting edge of modern instrumentation and you WILL miss the stuff that makes or breaks this album if you do not have a good setup to capture its depth.

2: Focus and patience. Treat this album like going to the symphony or opera rather than going to a stadium concert. Make time for it, and let it sink in rather than just hoping the next song is going to be the one to headbang to - because it is not coming. There is some remarkable stuff happening here you will not hear anywhere by any other artists. Let them lead you to it.

3: Repeated listens. Do not let the minimalism of songs like Ice Age fool you into thinking the album lacks complexity or a payoff. It isn't just about the tunes with this album, it is about the way the instruments are played or mixed. The softness vs hardness of notes, the loud and the quiet, the atmosphere that is created. This album has a multi-layered texture that is a different way to listen to music than pop music has taught us to recognize.

4: Don't expect Mariqueen to sing like or write like Trent. If you do not like her, that is all subjective and your choice. All I am saying is keep an open mind before deciding because if it was meant to sound like NIN, it'd be a NIN album.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By JT123 on March 5, 2013
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In order to stay objective I need to preface my review by saying I'm a big fan of pretty much anything Reznor puts out. For instance, I really enjoy Ghosts as well as the prior How to Destroy Angels Eps, whereas most reviews on the these albums/EPs were mixed.

On this album, I assume most people will have an issue with Mariqueen Maandig-Reznor's voice and lyrics, which don't seem to immediately gel with the unique sounds produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Personally, as far as Mariqueen's lyrics, I don't really relate; and when Reznor does occasionally provide back-up vocals, it does seem like a relief - his tone and pitch are perfect accompaniments to his sound. These are really the only issues I have and assume most will have with the album...

Purposely keeping my review short, I'd sum up by saying the album is great, not perfect, but welcomed into my fan-boy catalogue. If you're a NIN or Reznor/Ross fan you'll most likely enjoy this album...if you don't like NIN or Reznor's other efforts, I'm not even sure how you found this album. 4/5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robin Zimmermann on August 4, 2013
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From the first I heard this album, I enjoyed it immensely and viscerally. The timbres that HTDA explores are superb, mixing many of the most original techniques of electronic music with skilled instrumental performance and Mariqueen Maandig's evocative vocals, and the arrangement of songs in Welcome Oblivion -- even (or perhaps especially) with the bonus tracks on this edition -- work superbly as an album, not merely an accumulation of music. It is music that rewards repeated listenings, and well worth the price.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S. Magee on March 5, 2013
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This is the first installment from a group of talented musicians led by the famous Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nail fame, joined by his new wife Mariqueen Maandig, his partner in film score production Atticus Ross, and NIN art director Rob Sheridan. After releasing a couple of EPs, this is the first full length album produced by the collaboration, borrowing a few tracks from those former EPs and bringing a few new ones to the mix. The album combines the sounds of industrial electronica and harmony with often lo-fi vocals by Maandig and the occasional accompaniment of Reznor's background vocals.

The album is an effort by Reznor to step outside of his traditions in Nine Inch Nails. While I'm certain he would cringe and complain about anyone comparing How To Destroy Angels to Nine Inch Nails, there is still so much sound that will tug on your ears and make you think `hey, that sounds a little like NIN.' And the trouble is that this release never really gets away from these root to give you something completely new, and yet never really feels quite the same as NIN.

The album starts off with a pint-sized introduction track, The Wake-up, which combines some nice melodies and dissonant sounds with a hauntingly beautiful croon of Maandig at the finish, which makes you believe the album is going to be something great. But then the following tracks suddenly trip and fall over themselves, often highlighting Maandig's vocals as the centerpiece but not testing her vocal range and not presenting any melodies or lyrics worth remembering.
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