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Nine Inch Nails, With Teeth

In 1994, Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails released their most influential album, The Downward Spiral. Spiral spewed rage and sex backed by rapid electronic noises and thrashing guitars that many lost teenagers instantly identified with and, in turn, popularized the industrial genre. Since then, the once prolific Reznor has only released the double CD epic, 1999’s The Fragile, and while that five-year break raised NIN to legendary status, many industrial rock fans already jumped ship to Marilyn Manson’s brand of shock rock. With Teeth is easily NIN’s most accessible record but accessibility doesn’t make for engaging albums — even rough tracks like the politically charged single “The Hand That Feeds” and the funky “Only” lack energy. The rest of the record disappoints even more as rockers “You Know What You Are,” “The Collector,” and “Every Day Is Exactly The Same” sound like they were nonchalantly cut and pasted together from older NIN material. At best, With Teeth is a look into an uninspired musician’s mid-life crisis, but even this makes for an awkward listen. (Interscope) Rating: 2 Out Of 5 Stars

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