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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.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. "Year Zero" is a total marriage of the pop and gamer aesthetics that unlocks the rusty cages of the music industry and solves some key problems facing rock music as its cultural dominance dissolves into dust. It's easy for even Reznor appreciators to overlook this accomplishment, because "Year Zero" also works as pure pop.
  2. Year Zero is the finest Nine Inch Nails recording since Downward Spiral. Its songs are memorable, beautifully constructed and articulated.
  3. Make no mistake this is NIN as usual, but [it is] an effortless, inspired, and unaffected Trent Reznor the likes of which we may not have had the pleasure of knowing for almost a decade and a half.
  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. Besides a batch of solid singles – electro-punk death march "Survivalism," fiendishly swinging "Capital G" – every so often Year Zero devolves into a feverish barrage of squelches and squalls that comes off as mood music for especially amorous androids.
  6. Hearing new material from this old warhorse at a time when it’s most needed is damn reassuring; however, it cannot be said, in all honesty, that the music on Year Zero is good.
  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. CraigC.
    May 29, 2008
    10
    THE best NIN album thus far!
  2. RichardH
    Apr 23, 2007
    10
    I'm not going to compare this CD to the Downward Spiral. I'm not going to liken it to With_Teeth or go on and on about I'm not going to compare this CD to the Downward Spiral. I'm not going to liken it to With_Teeth or go on and on about 'digital hardcore' since I have no idea what that even means. But what I will say about this disk is that it is Reznor's most ambitious outing since The Fragile. And he pulls it off easily. From it's darkest growl to it's softest whisper this disk simply bleeds into you. With each repeated play-through the sounds between the lines of each song have slowly unfurled and I've become completely absorbed in this fictional future that is actually simply a slightly darker depiction of the current status of our world. For fans of the sound that Reznor has been crafting starting with the Fragile this CD should be highly recommended. For fans of the earlier era stuff that have disliked the sound of his more recent work, you may be less thrilled. Expand
  3. StevenR
    Apr 13, 2007
    10
    Trent is back, and in full force. As a huge NIN fan, this album surpassed my expectations and then some. I really recommend this.
  4. 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 andNine 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
  5. BrianK
    Apr 17, 2007
    9
    Reznor can do no wrong, and proves once again with his systematic, noisy, yet refined, digital prowess that he is once again a rock god among Reznor can do no wrong, and proves once again with his systematic, noisy, yet refined, digital prowess that he is once again a rock god among rock men, I like the concept and it weaves into a nice story and paints a dark and detailed image of our society should we give into the ways completely we are seemingly putting ourselves through. Also classic NIN always has a nice balance of industrial growl and catchy hooks, Reznor once again does not dissapoint. Great Album! Expand
  6. BillN
    May 2, 2007
    9
    NIN best album in years. Better than WithTeeth and The Fragile (and i liked both albums).
  7. RingoDingo
    Sep 6, 2007
    0
    Terrible. I guess I bought the non-concept version because mine sucks. No immagery, no hooks, very forgetable. I listed to it twice, tried to Terrible. I guess I bought the non-concept version because mine sucks. No immagery, no hooks, very forgetable. I listed to it twice, tried to make it a third time through but got bored. I then popped in 90's NIN, cried a little, because like Nirvana that music will not be created anymore. Trent isnt dead, just his ideas. You can post masterpiece on a canvas smeared with fecal matter and people will buy it. I guess Trent smeared fecal matter on a mixing console and you all bought it. Expand

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