ISSUE #8 FEB 06

Bob

Nine Inch Nails
"With Teeth"

13th June 2005
reviewer: Bob
rating: 4 out of 5
published by: Universal
released: 2nd May 2005
  1. All The Love In The World
  2. You Know Who You Are?
  3. The Collector
  4. The Hand That Feeds
  5. Love Is Not Enough
  6. Every Day Is Exactly The Same
  7. With Teeth
  8. Only
  9. Getting Smaller
  10. Sunspots
  11. The Line Begins To Blur
  12. Beside You In Time
  13. Right Where It Belongs

Nine Inch Nails return with their first album for some years. Main man Trent Reznor has cleaned up his act and is off the drugs since finishing the tour of the last album and he’s got some of his friends, such as Dave Grohl, in to help. Can we expect him to be less angry? In a word no. With Teeth is punishingly loud and angry. Most importantly it’s a very exciting record.

The album kicks off with opening track 'All The Love In The World' and this sets something of a template for the album. Its starts off with a haunting beat and very soft vocals. There’s not really a conventional verse, chorus, verse dynamic. An almost beautiful piano motif goes off in the background and gradually the song gets louder and heavier until Trent's voice is almost breaking, the listener's ears are almost bleeding and you really want to know why they do “get all the love in the world” – it seems almost criminal.

The next track up is 'You Know What You Are?' This carries off where the last track finished with a hammering drum and bass style rhythm. The chorus kicks in with “Don’t you fucking know what you are?” Simple, yes. But very effective.

First single 'The Hand That Feeds' is possibly the best song Garbage never wrote, and would probably kill for. 'Only' comes on with the funk of Jamiroquai if he ever decided to be a little less commercial and investigate some industrial metal. Although he probably wouldn’t get away with such a chorus as “there is no fucking you, there is only me”.

The album closes with 'Right Where It Belongs' and its haunting piano line, fuzzy bassline and crowd. It’s a perfectly judged note to end on. By the time the lyric kicks in with “See the animal in his cage that you built, Are you sure what side you’re on?” you're almost completely depressed. But at the same time it’s been one hell of a ride.

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