Sunday, September 29, 2013

Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks Columbia 2013

Nine Inch Nails is back making industrial rock sexy again...
Brent Black /

To the delight of some and dismay of others we find Trent Reznor returning with an eclectic guest lineup to go back to the future with Hesitation Marks. Industrial rock, hard core or whatever label makes you sleep better at night, Nine Inch Nails has recaptured the electronic pulse of post modern prog rock and does a riff on their own genre. Similar bands are self indulgent, pretentious, predictable and utterly dated while Nine Inch Nails seems to be the proverbial musical cat with nine lives and fans seem to be taking to this recording in numbers.

Music is not art, it is a business so will Hesitation Marks attract new followers? Probably so...Taste is subjective however the deep rich ambient flavor and almost addictive rhythmic heartbeat of Hesitation Marks can and should win over those that perhaps outgrew the bands more heavy handed edge around the time Reznor bounced in 2008. Nine Inch Nails sounds as relevant now if not more so then perhaps when Broken was released in 1992.

Impressive cameos come from Lindsey Buckingham, Adrian Belew, and Pino Palladino. 
The band scored a huge win as Palladino announced he is touring with Nine Inch Nails in support of the new record. Trent Reznor seems rejuvenated and lyrically focused. The group is all grown up and settling in comfortably as their natural evolution seems to have come full circle. The sound, the edge, and the intensity of lyrical purpose are all there just amped into a more ambient contemporary flow. While the release has been receiving the equivalent of 4 out of 5 stars with most critics acting as though they are cutting the band a break, I'll go 5 stars...I will also say that it is because of this release and a few others that I am leaving (for the most part) the world of improvisational music to walk the harmonic path less traveled. As a critic it is vitally important that you take what you know and what you like and then proceed to move past that, this sums up the Nine Inch Nails release, Hesitation Marks.

Tracks: The Eater Of Dreams; Copy Of A; Came Back Haunted; Find My Way; All Time Low; Disappointed; Everything; Satellite; Various Methods Of Escape; Running; I Would For You; In Two; While I'm Still Here; Black Noise.