While I've never been a huge fan of Nine Inch Nails, upon exploring this album out of boredom, I was very impressed by what Reznor (along with other folks) have accomplished here. The tracks on the album are almost all subtle and gripping in some way, making this album very calming and relaxing. This is one of my favorite albums from this year.
I am starting to become quite nostalgic of SIGIL02 (HTDA) due to how An Omen_ and Welcome Oblivion have turned out. For all HTDA did wrong, it actually did sound fairly distinct in its own way. Welcome Oblivion strikes me as an attempt to make the project less solely Reznor under a different moniker, an appeal to the indie crowd with tracks like "Ice Age" and utilize rejected material from the Year Zero sessions. It is also showing that the best material on this record is the work that was on the An Omen_ EP. And that single, "How Long", is still an utterly wretched piece of pseudo gospel garbage.rIt is hard to tell if Reznor's glory days are over or if this release just falls short for me. If he follows through on his intent to do more NIN, I shall see which is true then. Until that point in time comes, I am just going to not bother with this record again.