Not Sure Exactly What to Think... — 4 years ago
This new NIN has me a bit torn. I’m not too fond of it, though I would most likely love it if I hadn’t listened to “The Downward Spiral” first.
Some of the excessively rhyming songs ended up getting annoying. I didn’t mind them in the long run I suppose, but certain tracks became very tedious because of this. “The Hand That Feeds” had a good idea in mind, but the lyrics themselves fell pray to the sing-songy lyrical setup, this was also the case with “Love Is Not Enough”.
My favorite tracks were “You Know What You Are” and “The Collector”. I also enjoyed “The Line Begins to Blur”.
I do understand that people want Trent to grow out of his angst subjects but truthfully I found this album to be the whiniest album of them all. The other albums seemed to be getting the point across in a more complex and thoughtful way. There is nothing wrong with being simplistic and straightforward, but I prefer the style of his previous work. The simplicity brought out the pure whiny factor much more, to the point where it became annoying in some places. He had to change sometime though. I hope the progress takes him in the right direction.
Overall this album was a lot more simplistic (in musical composition) and mainstream than his previous albums and though I enjoyed his edgier work more, I still found With Teeth to be worthy of consumption and I still respect Trent Reznor immensely. There are some low, cringe-worthy points and it could be quite a snore sometimes but in the grand scheme of things it wasn‘t nearly as bad as some people make it out to be