Wednesday, May 11, 2005


I got the Nine Inch Nails new album a few days ago. I pre-ordered two copies of the Dual Disc version from Amazon.coma couple of weeks ago. One copy for my brother, and one copy for me. I have been a Nine Inch Nails fan since "Pretty Hate Machine" and the new album [With_Teeth] is really disappointing. When I first heard the CD in the car the first time I hated it, it sounded like 80s techno. A few days of listening to it now and it sounds a lot better, but its still not what I was expecting. There are only 13 songs on the CD, their last album "The Fragile" was double CD and had 23 songs! They don't come out with a CD every year, "The Fragile" came out in 1999 so its been 6 years since their last album and all we get are 13 songs? The packaging is very disappointing also. The CD contains no booklet, its just a folded cardboard with the CD inside. To get the lyrics, artwork and credits, you need to go to and download it from there. Are they trying to save money or are they just trying too hard to be different? I went to download the file and it turns out I had to register first! So I just paid 14$ to buy a CD that didn't contain any booklet with information of any sort, and then you make me go to your website to download this information and when I get there I have to register?? So out of curiosity I did. I went in and all there was, was a link to download a pdf file of an artwork with the lyrics on it. Its just a one page large image with the lyrics scattered all across. Very unpractical to read anything and it was all working very slow on my Mac. Who's stupid idea was this you know? Probably David Carson since he designs all the NIN CD's. The guy is good but this has to be the worst design of his I have seen or experienced. Oh and I nearly forgot. There are two versions of the album, the regular one and the Dual Disc one. I ordered the dual disc which is a CD and DVD, the DVD contains all the songs of the CD but they are in Dolby Digital 5.1 plus there is a video on the DVD and when you play the DVD in your DVD player you get images on your screen. Sounds cool right? Only problem is its not really dual disc. Turns out its 1 CD thats double sided. One side a DVD other side a CD. This means if I am listening to the CD in the car I can't watch the DVD unless I take it out of the car. Very unpractical, now I need to make a copy of the CD for the car, and keep the original copy at home so I can watch the DVD whenever I want. Anyway, the only bright side to this is that I still have all their old albums to listen to. Once I get bored of this CD I will just go back to their classics..


Blogger Patrick said...

What did you think Dual Disc was? didn't you check my copy of the Downward Spiral when I got it in Dual Disc format?

And how long did you expect the album to be? The Fragile was double cd for a reason, Pretty Hate Machine and Downward Spiral were both shorter than The Fragile, so what's the problem with 13 tracks? :P I know With Teeth wasn't going to sound like The Fragile or any of the old stuff, because none of the albums ever sound the same.
The booklet thing doesn't bother me because I'm already registered on and I already got the pdf file from a friend who got it. So that shouldn't be a problem for me... now I can't wait until I download this tomorrow hehe :P

12:01 AM, May 12, 2005  
Blogger muscati said...

Hey Mark, I don't understand why you're pissed off. I also don't know why you keep referring to NIN as "they" when in fact it's not really band, it's just Trent Reznor doing everything on his own and then getting a band to tour.

Dual Disc, like Patrick said is a format where one disc has two sides. One side is a regular CD and the other side is DVD. It's a new format. It doesn't mean double disc. If it was a double disk they would have charged you more than $14.

I am not a really huge fan of NIN. I've been a fan since 1990 when I bought Pretty Hate Machine. It remains my favorite album of theirs. I didn't think much of The Fragile. It was ok, but it sounded too familiar to Downward Spiral for my taste. I downloaded With Teeth a couple weeks ago and though it's still not a classic, it sounded pretty good to me. It sounds like Trent is trying to be a bit more accessible while still keeping a bit of an edge. It's not like NIN go mainstreem or anything like that. I thought it was a decent effort. OK maybe if I was a huge fan then I might be disappointed since it's been 6 years since the last one.

3:08 PM, May 12, 2005  
Blogger Patrick said...

Muscati, don't take this the wrong way or anything, but i don't think you know what you're talking about if you think the Downward Spiral and the Fragile had a similar sound. Both albums had a totally different sound, DS had a more "raw" sound while the Fragile had more of an electronic, studio sound, plus both albums had different themes.

I consider myself a huge fan, and I think With Teeth is pretty damn good, I don't think it really has a "pop" sound to it, the only song that has that is the Hand that Feeds. Either way, I'm glad something was finally released. =)

3:15 PM, May 12, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a huge fan of Trent's and when I got my hands on this album I listened to it from start to finish and haven't stopped. Not only is the music completely different than anything I've ever heard but I am always compelled by the lyrics. I love all sorts of music but Trent has always captivated me with whatever he has done. I personally believe he is a genius and a beautiful soul. I like the fact that each album seems to be be a metamorphosis and evolution of his personal growth. I respect someone who can open themsleves up to this world and doesnt care what others think. For me, [WITH_TEETH] is a deep soul searching symphony and I respect and adore every track.

6:39 PM, February 10, 2006  

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