I actually like the album. It's not like Downward Spiral, or The Fragile, and in a way I think that's a good thing. It's not a concept album (at
least from what I've heard), it's just a collection of songs. There is no underlying story. For me at least, that makes it a lot easier to listen
to each individual song, instead of thinking about it in context. I think each song has it's place in many people's lives, one way or another, and
I think Reznor did a great job of keeping the album from tilting one way or the other on the emotional scales.
One of the things that I like about Reznor is that he writes each album independently of the others. Downward Spiral, The Fragile, Pretty Hate
Machine, they all have their place in his past, but they're in his past. He's moved on, and so has his music. He's one of the few "popular"
artists in the world who at least seems to do his own thing, and I have a lot of respect for that. He isn't the same person he was when he did
"Closer," nor was he the same when he did "Starf****** Inc." This album is, in my understanding at least, a view into who he is more recently.
While you can go out and buy an album from one artist, expect it to be pretty much the same thing they did the last 5 or 6 albums, and not be
disappointed, even just from what I've seen Trent doesn't do that. You get the rock sound, you get the noise, but each album is a different
Okay, that's my $0.02...