Nine Inch Nails
With Teeth


2.5
average

Review

by Edmund Blackadder USER (32 Reviews)
August 24th, 2009 | 25 replies | 4,682 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: NIN finally release a completely average album.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Nine Inch Nails
With Teeth
Interscope/Nothing Records, 2005


As much as I hate to say it, drugs and alcohol have inspired a vast amount of great musicians over the past sixty years. Albums that have garnered much critical and commercial success have often been conceived under incredible amounts of intoxication. Do you think Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band would have been created without the help of inumerable hallucinogenic? For all you metalheads, do you think that Rust In Peace and Master Of Puppets would have been that same without innumerable narcotics added into the mix (as well as an angry Dave Mustaine)???. In fact, it is an undeniable truth that many of the artistic achievements of the modern world have been conceived under copious amounts of illegal substances. With Nine Inch Nails, this is no different. The industrial concept album The Downward Spiral , often hailed as one of the greatest albums of the 90s, was crafted amongst large piles of cocaine. Likewise, the epic double album The Fragile was inspired through the wavering haze of a serious alcoholic.

But what happens when the artist manages to go sober, and turn their back on the drugs that had invaded their lives? Often, this may lead to their undoing in the music business. With Trent Reznor, sole member of Nine Inch Nails, his going cold turkey almost lead to his musical destruction. After leaving his distorted world of drugs, Trent decided to create an album that attempted to recapture the pain he went through during his addiction. He named this album With Teeth . Collaborating alongside Alan Moullder, a fellow producer, Trent sought to create a much heavier, more mainstream sound than found on his previous records.

It is immediately apparent from album opener 'All The Love In The World' that Trent has tried to find a much simpler musical niche. Although the usual speedy drum beats are present, much of the music found of this album is much simpler than past efforts, and obviously intended for a much wider audience. Lead single 'The Hand That Feeds' is the most blatant offender here, being musically simple and clearly tailored to garner radio airplay. 'The Collector', one of the more aggressive songs on the album, is also quite simple, and comes across as more of a rock song than a true industrial tune. With the exception of the bass heavy 'Sunspots', the songs here all manage to contain recycled riffs and beats from previous albums.

Lyrically, With Teeth manages to become a massive songwriting cliche, with Trent trying to sound angst ridden and angry, but only coming across as an immature and underdeveloped lyricist. While angry songwriting worked with the concept album The Downward Spiral , the lack of a concept or storyline here simply makes the songwriting seem like an exercise in mediocrity. It also appears that Reznor tried to explore more political themes here, writing several songs about the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the governments involved. The rebellious standpoint that is attempted here is another songwriting cliche, and it eventually seems as if Trent is writing these angry lyrics simply due to a vast lack of inspiration.

The final three songs on the album prove that some inspiration and thought was put into creating this album. 'The Line Begins To Blur' uses vast amounts of distortion to create a surreal soundscape. 'Beside You In Time', the longest song on the album, starts off as atmospheric and slow before slowly building up. The eerie ambience and distortion behind Trent's whispered, raspy vocal sends shivers up my spine, and stands as one of this albums finest moments. 'Right Where It Belongs' is another rather quiet song, and acts as the album closer. Delicate piano hidden underneath a layer of wavering distorted guitar makes this the perfect closer to what is otherwise a rather angry, aggressive album.

Although it is a rather disturbing reality, it seems that Trent Reznor, while not doped up, can produce some truly average material. With Teeth stands as being one of the most blatantly uninspired Nine Inch Nails works, with poor lyrics and rather boring music. With trying to appeal to a more mainstream audience, Trent managed to produce one of the weakest albums of his career, with only a few rather brilliant songs saving it from being a total disaster.

Recommended Tracks
-Sunspots
-The Line Begins To Blur
-Right Where It Belongs
-Beside You In Time



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Titan50
August 24th 2009



4588 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Disagree obviously, but otherwise great review

XulOnerom
August 24th 2009



1817 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Right Where It Belongs is one of the best NIN songs

StinkingBishop
August 24th 2009



39 Comments


I really like this album, even if it's not up to par with Trent's earlier stuff.

Awesome review though.

Prophet178
August 24th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Trent's worst, but still a good album. Definitely has some great songs, but a mess of average ones too.

thatguy84
August 24th 2009



214 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've always thought this album had quite a unique feel to it, and although most of the songs on it aren't quite as good as anything off The Fragile or The Downward Spiral, as a whole it just has this cool vibe going throughout that makes it entertaining.

That, and The Collector is totally awesome. Good review.

Nagrarok
August 24th 2009



7946 Comments


Great review once again, although it reads more like a 2 to me. And please don't ruin the disco-streak like you did with PJ.

foreverendeared
August 24th 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Right Where It Belongs is my favorite NIN song. and i disagree this is his worst, that goes to The Slip for me.

Boognish
August 24th 2009



1003 Comments


Saying that drug use alone is responsible for good songwriting is a falsity. A great deal of musicians simply happened to use drugs while they were at their peak, for example the Beatles, Hendrix, Metallica etc... all in their mid 20's when they created their best albums.
Theres plenty of great bands that don't touch drugs (or even alcohol) and still make great music.

Prophet178
August 24th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In the context of NIN it does. His greatest works (Downward Spiral and The Fragile) were both completed when Trent was abusing substances, and With Teeth was his first record sober, and it fell short. Just like he said in the introduction.

I agree though, just because drugs weren't involved should not be an excuse for poor songwriting. The follow up to With Teeth, Year Zero, is a great album in my opinion, and it was done completely sober too.

Nagrarok
August 24th 2009



7946 Comments


@Boognish: He's not actually saying that the drug use alone was responsible for good songwriting.

shindip
August 24th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^ whats this about ruining my disco-streak?

Nagrarok
August 24th 2009



7946 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=31333

shindip
August 24th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah, but that desperately needed a review ; )

Nagrarok
August 24th 2009



7946 Comments


You could have posted it after you finished PJ. You were going at 1 album a day anways.

shindip
August 24th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I did do two reviews that day, so I didnt really overturn the whole pattern, but I see what youre sayin. Arent you doing a deep purple review 2day?

Nagrarok
August 24th 2009



7946 Comments


I finished Mark II, and I'm planning on going through them Mark by Mark, while doing other reviews in between, since their discography is very extensive. I'm working on something of a conceptual series of 4 reviews right now, which will take some more time.

BassDemon333
August 24th 2009



3291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ehh, this record doesnt deserve this rating in my book. It's quite fun to listen to imo. Tracks 1-6 are where its at. Plus i'm a bassist and the bass lines on this album are quite fun to play every now and then. This one has some great singles and all, but its not Trents best work by far. Good review btw.

Digging: Chevelle - La Gargola

foreverendeared
August 24th 2009



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J10w3FuCwfQ

fromtheinside
August 24th 2009



16337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent review. i disagree with the most part, but respect your opinions as well, since they explain themselves well.

Digging: Bast - Spectres

Prophet178
August 24th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Plus i'm a bassist and the bass lines on this album are quite fun to play every now and then.


Me too! The bass line in 'Sunspots' is killer.



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