Year Zero - Nine Inch Nails
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  • Summary: Trent Reznor offers his vision of a bleak future (the year 2022, to be exact) on this 16-track concept album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reznor sets his machinery on "kill" and points it toward authority and herd mentality. [Jun 2007, p.158]
  2. Listened to as a journey from beginning to end, this is a genuine attempt to progress to pastures new after With Teeth.
  3. 80
    THe music is scarily gripping... his best computer blues since 1994's The Downward Spiral. [May 2007, p.108]
  4. “Year Zero” is much more seductive than “With Teeth,” partly because of all the so-called noise.... If all these sounds often distract listeners from Mr. Reznor’s lyrics, well, so much the better.
  5. Year Zero doesn't just fall short of the promo campaign; it doesn't even rank among NIN's most adventurous efforts.
  6. Its nihilism can grate, but it makes an impression.
  7. 50
    The songs drag in the middle, choruses become interchangeable, and too many tracks end with the same electronic stuttering. [May 2007, p.84]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 99 out of 107
  2. Negative: 5 out of 107
  1. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    Nine Inch Nails' most ambitious offering to date, with a concept based around the future of the human conciousness we see Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross exercising their most experimental works into pop/rock anthems, a benchmark for modern music production. Expand
  2. Nov 25, 2013
    2
    I have a lot of respect for Trent but ever since With Teeth hit the scene its been downhill ever since. The Slip and Hesitation Marks are a step in the right direction (no emo lyrics and more experimental) though. I have to correct the guy who rated it low saying there are 3 different kinds of NIN fans. Wrong. There are 2. Those that really like the first 3 recordings (PHM, Broken and Downward) and then when Fragile hit with its softer approach it got the next wave of fans. As others have said. This album and With Teeth are incredibly boring. Personally I have always thought Trent had something special going on with those 3 first recordings and the Quake soundtrack. That industrial decayed edge. I suppose we all go through changes. Rated a 2 for the 2 good songs and thats it. Me, I'm Not and God Given. Expand

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