(You actually listen to the music.)
It doesn’t have the same kinetic, clamorous, and profane engine as does The Downward Spiral, but it’s excellent. This is Reznor’s finest work in well over a decade. And indeed, I like it better than I do The Arcade Fire’s new material. So far.
It’s How To Destroy Angels. Yes, I was very skeptical at first but no, I am not anymore. And yes, at times it sounds like Portishead but no, Mariqueen Maandig is not the Yoko Ono of the generation. Nine Inch Nails was not a band, it was one guy, meaning there was no band to break up. And that one guy still brings the same talent and hardware and world view to the recording studio. So don’t be a snob. Type in your email address here, and the EP is yours.