13 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The five-plus years in the making follow-up to 1999’s double-disc The Fragile, With Teeth begins with a somber piano, a sweet falsetto, and eventually a harmonized chorus singing the opening title “All the Love in the World” in the most conventional of tones. Has Trent Reznor, one of industrial music’s leading stars, gone soft? Well, sorta. Considering the onslaught of tuneless, abrasive hard rock that’s followed in the wake of his most violent and definitive statement, 1994’s The Downward Spiral, his latest compositions can only sound tame by comparison. That’s not to say that Reznor’s coo-ing sweet nothings. He jacks up the intensity with the second track “You Know What You Are?” and continues down a path of not-exactly passive aggression for the rest. “Love Is Not Enough” churns with urgency, downcast Sabbath riffs, and distressed vocals. The title track is programmed to electronica perfection, the tension percolating under the bass-synths as Reznor grows increasingly heated. The man knows how to sport a mood.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The five-plus years in the making follow-up to 1999’s double-disc The Fragile, With Teeth begins with a somber piano, a sweet falsetto, and eventually a harmonized chorus singing the opening title “All the Love in the World” in the most conventional of tones. Has Trent Reznor, one of industrial music’s leading stars, gone soft? Well, sorta. Considering the onslaught of tuneless, abrasive hard rock that’s followed in the wake of his most violent and definitive statement, 1994’s The Downward Spiral, his latest compositions can only sound tame by comparison. That’s not to say that Reznor’s coo-ing sweet nothings. He jacks up the intensity with the second track “You Know What You Are?” and continues down a path of not-exactly passive aggression for the rest. “Love Is Not Enough” churns with urgency, downcast Sabbath riffs, and distressed vocals. The title track is programmed to electronica perfection, the tension percolating under the bass-synths as Reznor grows increasingly heated. The man knows how to sport a mood.

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