Nine Inch Nails
Hesitation Marks
Sam Eynon

Trent Reznor returns with a new album from NIN. The first since 2008, and one that fans weren’t sure would ever happen after, in 2009, Reznor said “I’ve been thinking for some time now it’s time to make NIN disappear for a while”. They have resigned to a major label, but have come out with an album that is not always an easy sell. It is more stripped down than some albums and not as agressive as some of their earlier efforts, but there is something satisfying about the juxtoposition of the electronic beats and tics with crunchy guitars (though guitars seem minimal on this album) and Reznor’s voice, which can be soft,
whispering and full of menace at times, but powerful and passionate at others. Everything is one of the happiest sounding songs they have ever done, the album as a whole isn’t as dark in tone as other records, though it does still have a haunting quality to it. Satelitte has more than a touch of Funk to it. There are some nice surprises on here, although some hardcore NIN fans would disagree.

Sounds like: Marylin Manson, Black Light Burns, Depeche Mode
Stand out track: Copy Of A
Rating: 8/10

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