Album of the day (#673): Pretty Hate Machine

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  • Posted: 09/19/2012 20:00
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Today's album of the day

Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails (View album)

Year: 1989.
Overall rank: 399.
Average rating: 78/100 (from 138 votes).



Tracks:
1. Head Like a Hole
2. Terrible Lie
3. Down in It
4. Sanctified
5. Something I Can Never Have
6. Kinda I Want To
7. Sin
8. That's What I Get
9. Only Time
10. Ringfinger

About album of the day: The BestEverAlbums.com album of the day is the album appearing most prominently in member charts in the previous 24 hours. If an album has previously been selected within a x day period, the next highest album is picked instead (and so on) to ensure a bit of variety.
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This album is a lot like alcohol.

When you first look at it as a kid, it seems superficial and dumb in all regards:
*It has seemingly adolescent lyrics
*The beats seem sorta cheesy

This is what a lot of the music community thinks about Trent's extraordinary debut.

BUT THERE'S MORE TO IT THAN THAT!!!!!

Just like alcohol, if you give it a chance, and let it cover your world, it really opens your mind. It's also extremely addictive. I've probably listened to Side 2 of this album over 65 times in the past year.

But here are two more reasons Pretty Hate Machine is NIN's best album:
*It was one of the very first independent digital albums EVER.
*It was one of the first indie albums in general to sell over a million copies.
*It has less filler than ANY other NIN album. Even Broken.
*The beats actually end up being really catchy once you get used to them. It's like The Low End Theory for angst-ridden teenagers.
*It has Trent's best songwriting, since the album is basically based on Iomi-esque MIDI riffs.

Also: If you want to listen to it, PLEASE get the 2010 Remaster. It makes a huge difference.
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Applerill wrote:

*It was one of the very first independent digital albums EVER.
*It was one of the first indie albums in general to sell over a million copies.

So?

Also, you listed five reasons.
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Not sure about about NIN album, but it is close at least.
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Necharsian hasn't listened to any Nine Inch Nails, what a bugger!
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Jackwc wrote:
Necharsian hasn't listened to any Nine Inch Nails, what a bugger!


Heyy! That was supposed to be a secret!
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Definitely inferior to The Downward Spiral. Though that may just be because TDS is far more influential for me. This is a common point of argument between me and my stepdad, he's adamant that Pretty Hate Machine is the greatest album made by any artist ever.
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AgainstMeAgainstYou wrote:
Definitely inferior to The Downward Spiral. Though that may just be because TDS is far more influential for me. This is a common point of argument between me and my stepdad, he's adamant that Pretty Hate Machine is the greatest album made by any artist ever.


I'm sorry, but as much as I love TDWS, it just has way too much filler and "I hate my life" whining to make it a super-classic, and even then, The Fragile does the job of that much better than Spiral.
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Frankly I think Pretty Hate Machine is Reznor's most cohesive album. Maybe not his best musically, but definitely the best songwriting overall. I've got I think 4 NIN albums, and this is about the only one I ever bother listening to more than one or two tracks from.

But, of course, there's no NIN in my top 100, one must note. Not a big fan. They've got some great music, but it's the exception. Most of their music is crap.

Sorry, did that post belong in the "controversial music opinions" thread? d'oh! Cool
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In my opinion, Pretty Hate Machine is the definite NIN album.
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