Originally Posted by DaveB
I've given Reznor three or four "last chance"s by now. It's not that I dislike his output since "The Downward Spiral"; I outright hate most of it and feel embarassed for both myself for listening to it and for him for releasing it.
So, with that in mind, do you still think The Slip is worth my time? If you do, maybe I'll give it a shot, but the first lazy rhyme I hear about his amorphous, still-lingering adolescent angst is my signal to proclaim you all shameless apologists.
Heh. Let me just say I expected Chinese Democracy
to be released before NIN put out an album again that I can safely say I loved. I'm definitely as far as an apologist as you can expect. NIN hasn't really been on my radar since 1999, after the disappointing The Fragile
left me unnurtured and bruised. Musically is where The Slip
comes back firing on all cylinders. Lyrically, it's not a departure for Reznor, but just like with Pretty Hate Machine
and The Downward Spiral
, the lyrics are used as a paintbrush, adding texture and drive to the surrounding beats and sounds. The lyrics don't lampoon and blotch the music like they have been doing on NIN's recent albums.
There's a clarity, finesse, and tight vision wrapped around The Slip
. Trent is no longer bullshitting and biting off more than he can chew. He's allowing his intuition to steer the music again, and it's led to some visceral and aurally transcendent compositions.
That said, DaveB, I think if you can still listen to Pretty Hate Machine
or The Downward Spiral
with a straight face, you will find some worth in The Slip
. On the other hand, if your disconnect from NIN has reached a universal level, The Slip
will, well, slip into irrelevance.