Year Zero

  • Record Label: Nothing
  • Release Date: Apr 17, 2007

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. Low on anthemic hooks and heavy on riotous noise breaks, Year Zero finds Reznor waving his digital hardcore flag high.
  3. On Year Zero, Reznor doesn't exactly sound like he's having fun -- does he ever? But he runs out of disc space before he runs out of ideas, and it's the first time that's happened in quite a while.
  4. Listened to as a journey from beginning to end, this is a genuine attempt to progress to pastures new after With Teeth.
  5. Year Zero doesn't just fall short of the promo campaign; it doesn't even rank among NIN's most adventurous efforts.
  6. Amid its carefully calibrated sonic assaults, Year Zero has a number of tracks that will stop you in yours.
  7. Alternative Press
    Reznor sets his machinery on "kill" and points it toward authority and herd mentality. [Jun 2007, p.158]
  8. Applaud Reznor for attempting something that doesn't read like school graffiti; shake your little fist at him for doing it anyway.
  9. It's classic Nine Inch Nails with a few extra-disturbing flourishes.
  10. Blender
    THe music is scarily gripping... his best computer blues since 1994's The Downward Spiral. [May 2007, p.108]
  11. 80
    It's the post-apocalyptic sonics, the industrial-strength bombast and buzzing bondage-core that mightily sustains its frightening 16-track, one-hour run-time.
  12. “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.
  13. 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.
  14. Billboard
    It's fun to hear Trent Reznor play other roles and fire holes into the technology he's been so vital in employing. [21 Apr 2007]
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. "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.
  18. It's dark and harrowing, but "Year Zero" is the most compelling and fully realized album Reznor has made since "Pretty Hate Machine."
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 234 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 96 out of 107
  2. Negative: 5 out of 107
  1. CraigC.
    May 29, 2008
    THE best NIN album thus far!
  2. RingoDingo
    Sep 6, 2007
    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
    Fantastic album.