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  • At the time when I first listened to this record I was not impressed by it
  • The problem there was that by then I had already been rather closely familiar with the Nine Inch Nails albums The Downward Spiral and The Fragile
  • I like the vocal delivery by Trent Reznor
  • But people who will stumble upon this album, after they have listened to it several times, will definitely enjoy the material that they will find


    • by mcguard85

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      At the time when I first listened to this record I was not impressed by it. The problem there was that by then I had already been rather closely familiar with the Nine Inch Nails albums The Downward Spiral and The Fragile. And compared to those albums, this album simply sounded way too different and insufficiently heavy. The opinion I formed when I was thirteen years old was strikingly potent. If one compares Pretty Hate Machine to the two albums that followed it, it does not sound sufficiently heavy and coherent. But this album still has a lot of power. It is a seminal record. In some ways

      it is purer than the albums that followed, and it demonstrates the talents of Mister Reznor in a much clearer way.

      The album is recorded in a rather quiet way. This is a huge contrast to what would follow. Nine Inch Nails will become known as shock industrial rockers with heavy guitar blasts, but this record is strikingly quiet, composed, restrained. The arrangements are very basic in fact. The sound is original enough for a 1989 record, and also kind of timeless, with a few exceptions. But it is not a very heavy sound. There isn’t anything imposing. And even on the most heavy songs, like Head Like A Hole, Terrible Lie, Sin, the aggression is never out of control. And all of these so called aggressive songs actually sound more like dance pieces than anything to do with heavy metal. You will find surpisingly little guitar here, and the guitar sections which are present, on some of the songs, are incorporated very strongly into the overall arrangement, together with the beat and effects, not on a separate track. You won’t find much guitar, but you will find many songs that will sound a lot like Depeche Mode.

      Arrangements are very good on this record, and, since it was done almost entirely by Trent Reznor himself, the ...


      • Pretty Hate Machine, 1989 Album by Nine Inch Nails
      arrangements show the NIN starting sound. But the main asset of the album is not the arrangements but the songs themselves, the rich content and impeccable songwriting that is present on this record. All the songs are very well composed. I particularly like the songs Terrible Lie and Sin. Terrible Lie has a very sensual and yet dark, emotionally rich color to it, and, Sin has a fantastic aggressive and narcissistic attitude and drive.

      I like the vocal delivery by Trent Reznor. He has his own style of singing and shouting, all of which sound original and convincing. His sound producing apparatus is very strong. He can resonate

      his voice remarkably. He always sounds genuine and emotional on all the songs.

      To the modern listener this 1989 album might seem outdated, but trust me, this would be so only on the surface. Even the sound is not that old in style, and for electronic music and the equipment available back then, the sound is surely convincing enough. But people who will stumble upon this album, after they have listened to it several times, will definitely enjoy the material that they will find. The songs are superb, of extremely high quality. This album was the breakthrough for Nine Inch Nails, and it was so for a good reason. This album is really good.




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