Year Zero

  • Record Label: Nothing
  • Release Date: Apr 17, 2007
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 233 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 233

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  1. SteveT
    Apr 16, 2007
    4
    lyrically weak ... uneventful at most times a major disappointment. the thermals released an album of a somewhat similar theme only they pulled it off with great success. biggest disappointment of the year so far.
  2. [Anonymous]
    May 21, 2007
    4
    it's obscure, lacks the hooks of With Teeth and most importantly lacks the balls out screaming that makes Trent so damn good. He whispers on most songs, with beats seemingly melding into the same song over and over again. Let's hope the 2nd half is better.
  3. LucasK
    May 25, 2007
    5
    Sit down with this album, listen to it, digest it, then put it away in the cupboard for a week and I guarantee none of these middle of the road songs will be with you when you retrieve it.
  4. AmurabiM.
    Mar 22, 2008
    6
    With this effort, Mr. Trent Reznor (once a genius) tried to stay in the focus of media. With liberal propaganda, a conceptual album and some "smart" social commentary, Mr. Reznor tries to sound contemporary not invoking his inner demons. Right now, he tries to give some actual opinions on politics, religion and dystopias. But musically this is more of the same. Boring music with some With this effort, Mr. Trent Reznor (once a genius) tried to stay in the focus of media. With liberal propaganda, a conceptual album and some "smart" social commentary, Mr. Reznor tries to sound contemporary not invoking his inner demons. Right now, he tries to give some actual opinions on politics, religion and dystopias. But musically this is more of the same. Boring music with some sonic twists and turns that sounds original but not fresh (in the musical agenda of NIN). With two memorable songs ("Gog Given" and "Survivalism"), this album feels like some kind of filler of a great career. But no more. Expand
  5. mikes.
    May 8, 2007
    6
    NIN probably their best album but it lacks any fun factor. The group is simply not fun to listen to.
  6. moonman
    Apr 18, 2007
    6
    the concept ate the music
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. 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.
  2. Amid its carefully calibrated sonic assaults, Year Zero has a number of tracks that will stop you in yours.
  3. Its nihilism can grate, but it makes an impression.