I have read many reviews on here calling this album too similar to the others, and that it should have been the album after The Downward Spiral because it’s not close enough to the Fragile. This could not be farther from the truth. With Teeth, in the sound aspect and lyrical aspect, trancends so many fields of music in one album that it is impossible to call it too similar to the other albums. There are tracks that have elements of previous albums in them, but what Nine Inch Nails album did not have tracks that recall tracks from previous albums? And as a whole, With Teeth has a completely different feel to it than Pretty Hate Machine, Broken, The Downward Spiral, and The Fragile.
The themes of With Teeth are strongly tied with Trent Reznor’s addiction problems, his coming to grips with the fact he isn’t where he thinks he should be, and finally, his facing of himself. These themes work in a concept like The Downward Spiral throughout the album.
I hate reading reviews by those who simply calssify With Teeth as “teen angst”, because it simply isn’t. It’s a very thoughtfull and meaningful album, for the man who wrote it and for those who listen to it. I love each and every Nine Inch Nails album, and this is no exception. In fact, this is the most interesting of them all. As for fans who were unhappy with the album, I cannot be certain, but I think in time they will learn to like it. It is quite an adjustment from The Fragile to With Teeth.
An incredible album. Mr. Reznor has shown us what real music is once again.