Review Summary: Just How Deep Do You Believe?
In my opinion, Trent Reznor is one of the last true musicians. He has created some of the greatest albums of all time. Pretty Hate Machine, The Downward Spiral, The Fragile. All critically acclaimed albums. But there is an album that I feel is truly underrated. That album is With Teeth.
The album has some brilliant guitar work, which stands out in The Hand That Feeds, which is a song with a political tone, and the first single from the album. This is one of the only examples of an song on the album that has any angst, because this album has many mellow moments. This album was released after he got over his drug addiction, so that is something that should be expected. If you come into this album expecting The Downward Spiral part 2, you're going to be disappointed. If you go in with an open mind, this is an extremely enjoyable, if not perfect album.
All the love in the world, the album opener, is a mellow song with Trent singing "Why do you get all the love in the world?". The song is just over 5 minutes, but it's too long for its own good that's not to say I don't like it, I just feel it could've been shorter.
In terms of lyrics, the album has its ups and downs. Songs like Beside You In Time and Only really showcase what Trent can do in terms of lyrics. But then you have You Know What You Are? Which sounds like the lyrics were written by a nine year old who has just discovered swearing. There is a cool effect in the said song though, when it sounds like Trent's voice is glitching, and I thought there was something wrong with my CD.
When I first heard this album, I was confused. Because this was my first NIN album, and I'd heard so many good things about Mr. Reznor and his music, I was wondering what I was missing. But then straight away, I listened to it again, focusing on the instrumentation and the vocals and it all started to come together. This is an album that requires your dedication as a listener, otherwise you aren't going to enjoy it as much. The songs captivate you as one flows into another, and you are swept away by the layers of guitars and synths. Not many albums can do that. It takes a intelligent and skilled musician.
This may not be a masterpiece, or a genre defining album, but it's a damn good piece of music, and with hesitation marks coming out in about two weeks, maybe we'll get a perfect album. Only time will tell.