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An Omen EP, Limited Edition

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2012 EP from this band featuring Nine Inch Nails mainman Trent Reznor plus his wife Mariqueen Maandig and Atticus Ross. An Omen is the follow-up to their self-titled debut EP. Six tracks including 'Keep It Together', 'On The Wing' and 'Speaking In Tongues'.

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  • Vinyl (November 13, 2012)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Limited Edition
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B009A9EYLS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jeff on January 20, 2013
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First let me say that if you are expecting Nine Inch Nails you will be disappointed. If you approach it with an open mind and have an interest in electronic music you may like it. Most of the songs are quite mellow on this ep (versus the first ep), but they have a way of getting stuck in your head. I found it interesting to hear Trent work with a female singer, hopefully the band releases a full length in the near future.
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This album is a great follow-up to How to Destroy Angels, it offers a lot more range and experimentation. Some haunting sounds to be sure, i love music that gives me goosebumps...

The pacing would be the only flaw, it didn't seem to 'flow' for me... like a compilation album with no context to marry the songs together...
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My husband was thrilled to get this disk, which had more songs than the version he'd downloaded from the artists website... it also came with a code to download even more songs, whicih of course he did.
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The first HTDA album grew on me. Half of it I thought was great and the other half wasn't my cup of tea but I recognized it as quality music. As a NIN fan, obviously I wanted to hear more of Trent singing, but the music was still great.

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.
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By J. Bane on December 19, 2012
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I am a huge NIN fan and I always have to remember that this isn't NIN. On their own, HTDA is a solid and talented band. Complex sounds and thoughtful lyrics.
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I am a long time fan of Trent Reznor. When I say long time, I mean back to his appearance on the song Suck by Pigface and his distorted vocal contribution to Supernaut by 1000 Homo DJ's. This project is such a departure from what I have know from Trent in some ways, yet the experimental aspect is something that he has always had. This is more relaxed, yet more noisy at times. Mariqueen has such a soothing voice. I truly love her voice. I heard Ice Age the other day and was like wow, and at the same time was like, awesome. It is repetitious which is something I normally don't care for but again, as long as Mariqueen is singing it's all good. When I listen to HTDA I want a glass of wine and comfortable chair. As much as I enjoy this project, I really look forward to some new NIN. This EP is an excellent purchase though. Nice ambient sounds, real instruments as well as electronic. Dueling vocals on some tracks with Mariqueen and Trent. If you are looking for NIN, this is not it! I repeat, this is not it! That said, it is still a great project that I will continue to invest in.
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Nine inch Nails main man Trent Reznor and his other band How to Destroy Angels which includes his wife Mariqueen Maandig as well as his co-Oscar winning partner Atticus Ross and long-time art director Rob Sheridan release their second EP "An Omen" which will serve as a lead in to next year's full length album, for which a title or release date has yet to announced. The band has also signed a record deal with Columbia Records which means after 4 years Reznor is back with a major label.

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".
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