Year Zero - Nine Inch Nails
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Year Zero is the finest Nine Inch Nails recording since Downward Spiral. Its songs are memorable, beautifully constructed and articulated.
  2. Listened to as a journey from beginning to end, this is a genuine attempt to progress to pastures new after With Teeth.
  3. Amid its carefully calibrated sonic assaults, Year Zero has a number of tracks that will stop you in yours.
  4. Reznor sets his machinery on "kill" and points it toward authority and herd mentality. [Jun 2007, p.158]
  5. This is one of the most forward-thinking “rock” albums to come down the pike in some time, playing with the genre in both form and function while showing off Reznor’s ridiculous resevoir of ideas in fine fashion.
  6. "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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 222 Ratings

User 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. 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. Full Review »
  3. JK.
    Aug 8, 2007
    10
    Fantastic album.