The Slip

  • Record Label: N/A
  • Release Date: Jul 22, 2008
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 92 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 92
  2. Negative: 0 out of 92

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  1. AntonisL.
    May 21, 2008
    6
    Not bad but definitely not of the quality found in Year Zero and Ghosts. My main issue was that compared to all the other works by NIN it didn't say anything innovative. Every previous album had something new to say and explore musically, The Slip did not give me that feeling. Sometimes I got the "hmm, I've heard that before, haven't I?" feeling which has not happen with Not bad but definitely not of the quality found in Year Zero and Ghosts. My main issue was that compared to all the other works by NIN it didn't say anything innovative. Every previous album had something new to say and explore musically, The Slip did not give me that feeling. Sometimes I got the "hmm, I've heard that before, haven't I?" feeling which has not happen with previous releases. I was also let down by the album's production. IMO the musical elements were not balanced and that often led to not being able to enjoy what was happening since everything was thrown on top of each other. I dare say that in a couple of cases it even sounded a bit rushed. Expand
  2. SteveO
    Jul 22, 2008
    4
    What is it about this guy? His music never did anything for me. It's a bunch of programmed crap! Utter garbage in my opinion, maybe a slight bit better than rap or hip-hop, which is programmed as well.
  3. TiernanS.
    May 19, 2008
    5
    It's great that Trent Reznor decided to release this album as a free download. The music isn't particularly distinguished. I listened to it while wandering about my house and found my ears waxed over a bit. It's not nearly as bland as Ghosts which, to me, seemed a bit like edgy elevator music. The only song that stood out was 'Head Down.' It's the only one It's great that Trent Reznor decided to release this album as a free download. The music isn't particularly distinguished. I listened to it while wandering about my house and found my ears waxed over a bit. It's not nearly as bland as Ghosts which, to me, seemed a bit like edgy elevator music. The only song that stood out was 'Head Down.' It's the only one that made me listen in closer. Not bad, but not all that great either. Expand
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Instead of a symbolic death, The Slip feels much more like a possible rebirth.
  2. While the music may look backward, the way it has been released looks forward, to a far greater extent than Ghosts I-IV ever could have hoped.
  3. For listeners who like their music loud and fierce and pissed off at just about everything, there aren't too many better options than The Slip. Plus, the price is right.