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  • I’m not one of those guys who says that the newest work from an artist is their best. Did I like “With Teeth”? Of course. Was it better than “The Fragile”? Not really. Ignoring personal taste, I think it’s fair to say that “The Downward Spiral” is the music-changing masterpiece of Nine Inch Nails. It was a fusion of the electronica of “Pretty Hate Machine” and the raw guitar of “Broken” and Reznor has done nothing like it since (unless you want to count the track “Burn” which came out shortly after “TDS”). “Year Zero” picks up sonically where “TDS” left off and politically where “With Teeth” left off. All of which is to say that I think this may be the best thing he’s ever done. Again, this is my personal taste of preferring a lot of electronic noise (I always wanted a whole album of material like “The Becoming” and boy, did I get it!), but the bigger proof may come from the fact that Reznor has never recorded or written anything as quickly as he has “Year Zero.” Anyone who understands a creative mind will understand that if it spews out of you and you don’t mess with it, that’s your subconscious working, which is where genius lives. It’s loud, it’s angry, and the future’s not bright. I can’t wait to hear what Part Two is like.

    Posted on December 24, 2009