Trent Reznor is one of the few remain entities from the early 90’s still making music. He’s has survived Everything.
Hesitation Marks, the eighth release as Nine Inch Nails. It’s the longest gap between albums since 2008’s The Slip. In that time, he has remain quite productive; marrying Mariqueen Maandig, scoring movies The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with Atticus Ross, started a side project How to Destroy Angels with Ross, Rob Sheridan and Maandig.
On Hesitation Marks, Reznor is refreshed and energized musically. The album is mellow for a NIN release, a first. Longtime fans are split between the move and desiring the classic NIN sound. I like the fact that Hesitation Marks is living in this new, mellow state. Reznor isn’t angry anymore. He’s been in the game a long time, and the angst is gone. Now we’re getting into territory where the music is based solely on an emotional timbre. It’s as if Pretty Hate Machine is the preface, The Downward Spiral is chapter one and Hesitation Marks is the epilogue, closing this story of Nine Inch Nails.
There not too many new ideas, echoes to past NIN hits that are easy to spot. This album takes a minimalist, New Wave and krautrock approach. The Motorik beat is peppered on tracks throughout. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorik) Hardcore music nerds will recognize this immediately. There is elements of Neu!, Kraftwerk in the days of Computer World and the Cure.
Like most Nine Inch Nails records, the album is produced and mixed magnificently. The tonal qualities of all the records are very important to the overall experience. The minimalist approach of makes sense… This is the next step in the evolution of the band.
Essential Tracks: Copy Of A/ Came Back Haunted/ Everything/ Satellite