NINE INCH NAILS

NINE INCH NAILS – NOT THE ACTUAL EVENTS (Best of 2016)

If anyone can give us a soundtrack for 2016, it’s Nine Inch Nails. In a year that has offered us a whole lot to be miserable about, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have served up five songs of tension, anxiety, and anger. Fitting musically between the experimental synthscapes of their recent “Hesitation Marks” album, and the edgier, guitar and drums arrangements of “Broken” and “With Teeth,” Trent said he feels the EP is an “unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record” but after a few listens, the melody and rhythms start to come into focus through the harshness. The EP is noisy and edgy but it feels appropriate for a year that has been this surreal. There’s nothing here as poppy as NIN’s radio hits, but it’s sonically very much Nine Inch Nails, while this might not be the EP to win them many new fans, it’s extremely satisfying if you are a fan. Thanks, Trent, for singing 2016 out.

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