Nine Inch Nails
Hesitation Marks


4.5
superb

Review

by teslabarrier USER (6 Reviews)
September 14th, 2013 | 31 replies


Release Date: 09/03/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Trent's comeback; just wished it was a little more angrier.

I understand that Trent has been having the time of his life lately. I really do. But Nine Inch Nails is the epitome of angst, insecurities and fear. So why is the same man who made "Big Man With a Gun" making pop *** like "Everything"? Hesitation Marks is a great album; mainly due to its huge hooks. Songs like "Came Back Haunted", "Copy of a...", "In Two", "Disappointed", all got the big extravagant stadium feeling to it. But why isn't Trent focused on making nihilistic and vicarious tunes instead of the happy ones? Just a thought.

The intro "Eater of Dreams" is damn good. Leads up to "Copy of a...", which is pretty repetitive but catchy in its own way. That's when you realize that this album is influenced by his work with How to Destroy Angels. His wife is ***ing him over now, isn't she? All of the dance-y hooks are like the ones featured on Welcome Oblivion. And that isn't a bad thing, but for Trent it means that he's gone soft.

"Came Back Haunted" and "Find My Way" would have you think otherwise. Both dark and brooding tunes with a lingering despair resonating around the feel. They aren't happy tunes; the former is Trent's return song; stating how he's back, but forever changed by the ghosts (haha, pun) of his past. And he is. But the ghosts aren't bad; the ghosts are his happiness in life. I said this before in Night Visions, and I'll say it again. Music thrives on depression, not elation. And Hesitation Marks is full of both elation and depression; just wish it was more of the latter.

"All Time Low" is the album's highlight. Great funky beat and lyrics with some nice delivery from the star-***er himself. The album slows down in the middle; "Everything", "Satellite", and "Various Methods..." are all pretty bland overall. Everything is pretty much Trent's sellout song; going towards post-punk rather than industrial metal. Strange, right? But the album makes up for it because "I Would For You" is the second best. It's angry, longing for something more. He would do it for this one person, and only him. It's songs like these that make Hesitation Wounds stands out so much.

So because the album is a little too bright, I have to give it a 4.5. Only a few filler tracks, and the rest are distinct NIN from Reznor himself. The HTDA influence is high, but not enough to ruin the album. Thankfully the album isn't a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy of a previous work by Reznor.



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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2013


10810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yea Nine Inch Nails is the epitome of angst at many times, but that doesn't mean he can't change up his writing style for once. Please change your first paragraph and flesh out your arguments.

Parallels
September 13th 2013


6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Why would you give a 4.5 to something that has filler tracks

Epitome
September 13th 2013


129 Comments


shit review

Minus.
September 13th 2013


2680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Reviewer's approval rating is 3%

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2013


10810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

Scomadi
September 14th 2013


61 Comments


I don't get why every one things this needs to be angrier. That's not what trent was going for. Plus
he's much Older now than when he made the downward spiral. So he's Less angry. Why does
everybody assume he has to be full of angst all of his life?
He's a grown man now.

LittleStranger
September 14th 2013


481 Comments


you're getting better but you're still pretty bad. A little more practice and literacy and you might get there, though

Uranium
September 14th 2013


7232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

was gun read review but den 0/3 and no time peace

FearThyEvil
September 14th 2013


12622 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

This flaggot gave Charles Mingus and Miles Davis a 2. Fuck him

ConorIsNotHere
September 14th 2013


1284 Comments


My god... He's back

Digging: Punch - They Don?t Have To Believe

Green Baron
September 14th 2013


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this asswipe again? fucking hell thought he was dead

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

ConorIsNotHere
September 14th 2013


1284 Comments


Same here. At least it's somewhat of an improvement over the last reviews, but that isn't saying shit.

joomisy
September 14th 2013


467 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The intro to All Time Low almost sounds like Throbbing Gristle

Minus.
September 14th 2013


2680 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

someone pos'd this lol

Solbrave
September 16th 2013


282 Comments


Coltrane, Davis, and Mingus at 2.0

baddie

Digging: Horrendous - Ecdysis

Green Baron
September 16th 2013


20000 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn someone hates jazz

thought i was alone

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2013


10810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Who the fuck is pos'ing this shit lol

sixdegrees
September 16th 2013


17190 Comments


you are the worst

Digging: yasumiyasumi - Tokyo Digital Love

cloakanddagger
September 23rd 2013


21 Comments


I could tell this was going to be a crap review when I saw a grammar mistake in the caption. The album, on the other hand, is awesome!

LocustGrove
September 23rd 2013


540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Horrible review



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