6 Songs, 30 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bad Witch was first envisioned as the final installment in an EP trilogy, following 2016’s Not the Actual Events and 2017’s Add Violence. But, wary of falling into patterns of musical predictability, Trent Reznor scrapped the concept, and instead released the project as NIN’s ninth, and shortest, full album. It feels like pure experimentation—a direct rebuttal to that sameness he was worried about. It alternates between anxious beats, jarring vocals (“Ahead of Ourselves”), and intriguing ambience (“I’m Not from This World”), clearly influenced by Reznor’s masterful score compositions for films including The Social Network and Gone Girl.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Bad Witch was first envisioned as the final installment in an EP trilogy, following 2016’s Not the Actual Events and 2017’s Add Violence. But, wary of falling into patterns of musical predictability, Trent Reznor scrapped the concept, and instead released the project as NIN’s ninth, and shortest, full album. It feels like pure experimentation—a direct rebuttal to that sameness he was worried about. It alternates between anxious beats, jarring vocals (“Ahead of Ourselves”), and intriguing ambience (“I’m Not from This World”), clearly influenced by Reznor’s masterful score compositions for films including The Social Network and Gone Girl.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
292 Ratings

292 Ratings

BlizzcatThough ,

Not good

The best of this single sounds like a cheap Radiohead knockoff with Trent’s vocals being far inferior to Thom Yorke. NIN hasn’t made anything decent since With Teeth. I’ll pass.

Kurt Loder ,

Trying to channel David Bowie?

His last few releases have been disappointing, and this new single seems to be heading down that road. He's a family man now and his music seems to have lost that angry edge that I really liked about it ... Too bad .

frogman1970 ,

Another disappointment

Everytime I see a new NIN song I am oh so hopeful that Trent has gotten back to his roots and put out someting that is classic NIN - not this new age crap that he keeps churning out (for the last 5 albums). I think its at the point now that there is no turning back and I will cease to even tease myself by previewing the new stuff - I'll just have to curl up with my PHM, Broken, Spiral and Fragile CD's and be satisfied.

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