It might disappoint “halo collectors” when they get a hold of this, seeing as some remixes previously appeared on other singles. However, this is much cheaper and considering I wasn’t big on “With Teeth”, I’m surprised how much I enjoyed this.
The title track is one of the great tracks on “With Teeth”. While not the straightforward, anthemic “The Hand That Feeds” or the electro-funk “Only”, it stands out in its own way. It’s sort of a slow-burner, but with a nice melody. The DFA remix of “The Hand That Feeds” is worth the price of this thing. It is quite the contrast of the original, this one being much more of an electro track. If you like DFA stuff like LCD Soundsystem, I think you’ll enjoy the remix. Sure, it’s kind of lengthy, but that ain’t such a bad thing. The other remix is sort of just an extended mix of the original, although focusing more on instrumental parts of the song.
The El-P remix of “Only” is also another great one here. It gives the song an awesome trip-hop feel, which I think fits better for the spoken word first verse than the actual song itself. It’s a lot of fun to listen to. The other remix of the song is okay. And then there’s the awesome “Sam Fog vs. Carlos D.” remix of “Every Day…”, which is quite an enjoyable track. The remix is kind of interesting, although I have never thought of the song as anything I’d dance to or would.
It isn’t the greatest NIN single/album, but the best we could expect. It makes me optimistic about the future of NIN since I wasn’t actually as consistently impressed with a lot of the recent stuff, in spite my love for the first four albums (esp. “The Fragile”) and the live performance I saw last year. I recommend it if you are a NIN fan. Not quite as good as the “Downward Spiral” singles, but it’s just about as good.