Nine Inch Nails
Broken


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
November 20th, 2017 | 66 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: When he went inside me, I didn't know! He made me do things...

As the quintessential stepping stone between the dated-sounding Pretty Hate Machine and the organic, dangerous The Downward Spiral, Nine Inch Nails’ 1992 release Broken serves as an important moment in the band’s history. Recorded amidst a struggle to free himself and the project from the clutches of his label TVT, Trent Reznor secretly recorded the extended play’s tracks under various pseudonyms to avoid the interference of TVT executives with producer Flood, who worked on Pretty Hate Machine’s “Head Like a Hole” and “Terrible Lie”. Described as being “slave-traded”, Nine Inch Nails were now on Interscope, and with more creative freedom, Reznor’s latest work Broken perfectly defined the sound of the Nine Inch Nails project for the imminent future – a raw, brashly edgy industrial rock sound that oozed with sexuality and despair.

Broken, while introducing this new sound, did not perfect it like later Nine Inch Nails records would, and at times loses itself in its hellishly manic chaos instead of wallowing in it; cuts like “Wish”, “Happiness in Slavery” and “Gave Up” all combine the Pretty Hate Machine synthpop techniques of old with jaggedly abrasive guitar destruction that perfectly complement Reznor’s ever-brooding lyrical tics. “Physical”, an Adam and the Ants cover, trudges along with sludgy riffage and an increasingly lusty vocal that only gives a preview of just how far Reznor would go two years later with the infamous “I want to fuck you like an animal” bit from 1994’s “Closer”, while the Pigface cut “Suck” fits in perfectly with the Reznor vocabulary with lines such as “There’s no God in the sky tonight” to pepper Broken with more songs that cross the bridge between the lingering angst on Pretty Hate Machine and the self-destructive bottomless pit of rage that embodied the concept of The Downward Spiral. This isn’t squeaky-clean fun for the whole family; it’s disgusting, repulsive, vile and outrageously dirty – it’s Broken.



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Broken: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePgYDhKFQmM

The Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSNvK0MhB8U



YOU'RE SO

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Aiwaz
November 19th 2017


9998 Comments


Wish there was something real wish there was something true

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

But doesn't it make you feel better?

ArsMoriendi
November 19th 2017


25038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good EP

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

was going to be a solid 3, but something clicked this time



no bullshit to found here and no 11 minute studio experiments to fuck it up

Aiwaz
November 19th 2017


9998 Comments


Yeah it is. I spin this all the time.

someguest
November 19th 2017


29892 Comments


Reznor was really trying to channel some evil on this one with some of the process being completed at Le Pig. I think it paid off.

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TVC15
November 19th 2017


9873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Obligatory fist fuck comment

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evilford
November 19th 2017


42078 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Best NIN nice rev bro

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

surprised there wasn't a lyric about "getting what you deserve" unless someone here can point it out thanks



we did, however, get a "now you know what it feels like" and that counts for something. right?



@ford thanks dad

evilford
November 19th 2017


42078 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Np son

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

come back to plug sometime tbh

Aiwaz
November 19th 2017


9998 Comments


Yeah good review Fripp

BMDrummer
November 19th 2017


14440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been a minute since i heard this



good shit

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the remaster is fucking quality



waiting an entire year for it was worth it

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@rowan



isn't this the part where we quote lyrics in all caps for old times' sake?

someguest
November 19th 2017


29892 Comments


EAT YOUR HEART OUT, STEVE

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OW FUCKER

TVC15
November 19th 2017


9873 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SLAVE SCREAMS

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
November 19th 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wanna do terrible things to you



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