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Old 08-26-2005, 07:42 PM   #1
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Should I Give NIN's 'The Downward Spiral' a try?

Is NIN's 'The Downward Spiral' really any good?

I know 'Closer' and 'Hurt'(though at the moment I think the Man In Black's version is much more powerful), but that's it. All the samples on amazon.com sound like a bunch of machinery. They all sound the same.

It's supposedly their - his - whatever, best record. I'm tentitatively considering downloading the record. Should I?
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Throwing yourself off a cliff is a quicker way to commit suicide........

Just kidding

Bono's favourite 'dark' album apparently.
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Old 08-26-2005, 07:54 PM   #3
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I quite like it.

Of course the only time I really listen to it is when I'm suicidal, so it's been a few years since I last heard it. But I always found it far better than most industrial.

I say go for it.
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Don't set your expectations too high, if you do you'll be disappointed. It kind of has to grow on you. I've had this CD since it came out, and I really liked it for a few years. I probably won't listen to it again anytime soon though.
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I do think you have to be in the right mood for it. If you are, it's great, if you aren't it's just a whiny guy over a lot of noise.

And I'm one who likes it.
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For goodness sakes, get it for the sounds.
I am one who listens to sound over lyrics anyways.
Reznor is not a great singer and he has "woe is me" disease, but for the sonic nature of that whole album it is worth it.

Get out the headphones too.
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Absolutely phenomenal album. Sounds AMAZING loud and on headphones. "Reptile" in particular is a fave for me. Love "Piggy" too.
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Absolutely phenomenal album. Sounds AMAZING loud and on headphones. "Reptile" in particular is a fave for me. Love "Piggy" too.
Just curious HelloAngel, do you find Reptile to be sexy? I know that the song should be disgusting, but there is something compelling about it.

And I am a straight guy.
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reptile is totally hot. actually, i find most of trent's work has heavy sexual undertones.

love downward spiral. my favourite angry cd. except for broken.

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Absolutely give it a listen. It's an amazing record, IMO.
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i find most of trent's work has heavy sexual undertones.

love downward spiral. my favourite angry cd. except for broken.

so true.

'ruiner' is definitely a favourite of mine.
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Well, I was out today and saw it in a bargain bin so I picked it up. After giving it a quick scanthrough, I'm not impressed yet. The man doesn't know melody. Every chorus is devoid of singing or melody or anything like that. It's just screaming. Am I missing something?
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Well, I was out today and saw it in a bargain bin so I picked it up. After giving it a quick scanthrough, I'm not impressed yet. The man doesn't know melody. Every chorus is devoid of singing or melody or anything like that. It's just screaming. Am I missing something?
Download "Wish" and "Last."

They're hate-fuck songs made to work out your stereo and fist.

As are most NIN songs.
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Well, I was out today and saw it in a bargain bin so I picked it up. After giving it a quick scanthrough, I'm not impressed yet. The man doesn't know melody. Every chorus is devoid of singing or melody or anything like that. It's just screaming. Am I missing something?
listen to Eraser as it slowly builds, listen to the fucked up melody line. It's not your conventional la-de-da, but it's still melody. And it rules. The whole outro to Closer is built around a melody line.

I won't defend his choruses, but his sense of sound is amazing.
And "I beat my machine, it's a part of me, inside of me" during Becoming. that's a melodic bit I need to break that disc out I haven't heard it in a long time.

HIs current song is wrecked by a poor chorus
"there is no you there is only me" over and over.
I said it in another thread, he needs guests vocalists, if not guest lyrica writers. Otherwise his music is nearly unmatched.

I just put it on, so I'll do another post after I have listened to it again, it's probably been a year since I heard it.
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Well, I was out today and saw it in a bargain bin so I picked it up. After giving it a quick scanthrough, I'm not impressed yet. The man doesn't know melody. Every chorus is devoid of singing or melody or anything like that. It's just screaming. Am I missing something?
Yes, you are missing the pure brilliance of it.

Seriously, it takes some getting used to, but I loved Piggy, Heresy, March of the Pigs, Closer, Reptile and Hurt pretty much instantly.
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