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  • Summary: Trent Reznor slips in another digital album release.

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1,000,000
Kind of hard (Kind of hard) Hard to see (Hard to see) When you crawl (When you crawl) On your hands and your knees With the face (With the face) In... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. For listeners who like their music loud and fierce and pissed off at just about everything, there aren't too many better options than The Slip. Plus, the price is right.
  2. Blender
    80
    It's 10 tightly wrapped wads of black bubblegum, not a politicized sci-fi fantasia like "year Zero" or a two-hour drift into instrumnetal blip 'n' grind like this spring's "Ghosts I-IV." [July 2008, p.74]
  3. The hard-hitting early tracks '1,000,000,' 'Letting You,' and 'Discipline' are particularly good, though typical; Reznor keeps farming the same fertile ground that yielded The Slip's predecessors.
  4. Instead of a symbolic death, The Slip feels much more like a possible rebirth.
  5. While the music may look backward, the way it has been released looks forward, to a far greater extent than Ghosts I-IV ever could have hoped.
  6. Individual songs on The Slip aren't particularly dynamic; the album has two levels: loud and soft.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. IanS.
    Oct 26, 2008
    10
    Quite simply a superb album. The top album of the year in my opinion.
  2. BroyF.
    Sep 8, 2008
    9
    truely innovative compare to year zero thers a sense of a story from being to end. Each songs protrays various ways a how person could slip truely innovative compare to year zero thers a sense of a story from being to end. Each songs protrays various ways a how person could slip away.Its truely unique story telling true music Expand
  3. JonM
    Jul 9, 2008
    9
    Took a few spins but I really enjoy all the tracks, except Letting You, which, musically, is just to repetitive.
  4. ColbyS
    May 15, 2008
    8
    Sure, not particularly barrier-breaking, but who cares? This is classic NIN, way better executed than recent (and more costly) releases by Sure, not particularly barrier-breaking, but who cares? This is classic NIN, way better executed than recent (and more costly) releases by Reznor and actually enjoyable to listen to. I don't think I skipped a single track. Great work. Even, dare I say it, danceable. Expand
  5. RobbieC
    Jul 16, 2008
    8
    NIN's best release since The Fragile! That was almost 10 years ago. I am a very happy nailhead.
  6. russellj.
    Jul 30, 2008
    7
    I always look forward to a new release from nin. They're one of my favorite bands however Trent's output has been flawed since The I always look forward to a new release from nin. They're one of my favorite bands however Trent's output has been flawed since The Fragile. For me their best album will always be The Downward Spiral. I listened to this album intently and feel like it encompasses many facets of their sound to date. You start with 999,999 which is the ambient opener reminiscent of Pinion and straight into 1,000,000 which to me sounds like a song from year Zero. The typical loud abrasive song Letting You will keep the traditional industrial metalheads happy. It's then followed by the single Discipline which is this album's The hand that feeds. Then this iswhen the album gets interesting for me with Echoplex and Head Down which sound slightly different. They still have the murky distorted sound but sound like they couldn't have been on any other album but this one. Then we have Lights in the sky which is the token quiet track which could be lifted from Still and the next two tracks are instrumental which sound like they could have been included on either Ghosts or Fragile. The last track is Demon Seed which is a decent song but a bit anticlimactic. Overall i enjoyed the album but it's not a classic but it's best appreciated if you don't compare it to past works and take it for what it is an extension to With Teeth and Year Zero's sonic landscapes. I actually think that someone who has never heard of nin would probably enjoy this album more then an ardent fan. Expand
  7. SteveO
    Jul 22, 2008
    4
    What is it about this guy? His music never did anything for me. It's a bunch of programmed crap! Utter garbage in my opinion, maybe a What is it about this guy? His music never did anything for me. It's a bunch of programmed crap! Utter garbage in my opinion, maybe a slight bit better than rap or hip-hop, which is programmed as well. Expand

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