Album: Hesitation Marks
Band: Nine Inch Nails
Music: Columbia,The Null Cooperation
Price: Rs 499
In February 2009,when Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor announced that the band would be taking a hiatus,his collaboration with Atticus Ross (on The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and Mariqueen Mandig (frontwoman of West Indian Girl fame and later his wife) ensured he never really left the scene. Nearly five years later,NINs eighth studio album Hesitation Marks is promising. Reznors signature foreplay with noise and imagery makes a come-back,with the addition of minimalist,almost danceable (or lets say sway-able) beats and the timely injection of mature,melodic vocals.
Hesitation Marks refers to the wounds before an attempted suicide. Pin-pricked beats,distorted sounds,oscillations between shadow vocals and full-blown screams and desolate lyrics mark Copy of,Come back haunted,In two and All time low. Reznor departs from this predictability with Find my way,which has a heavy piano influence,a rare falsetto,and relatable vocals,and Everything,which can be best described as a grunge-rock version of Gloria Gaynors I will survive.
Words like dark,emo or even crazy have often been used to describe NINs sound. Various methods of escape,Disappointed and Satellite,however,are different. Running has whacky,tribal beats that almost make your eyes pop out the first time you hear it. While Im still here and Black noise blend into each other,dismissing the idea of a timeline,borrowing choruses,and beats. The beauty of Reznors experimentation is that he takes his time to merge the NIN identity with a new sound.
Reznor is sober,and married with children now,but he has spoken earlier about his alcohol and drug abuse. You can feel the transformation,as NIN oscillates from whispers to screams,to now whispering screams in Hesitation Marks. The looming industrial and techno sound can be attributed to Atticus Ross,who has worked with Reznor on a studio album for the first time. There is a slight The Social Network hangover to the album,but not enough to complain about. Over the years,NINs music has moved from adrenalised aggression to a digital,minimal and self-reflective sound,and Hestitation Marks is the cherry on the cake.