The Downward Spiral (studio album) by Nine Inch Nails

The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
Year: 1994
Overall rank: 158th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 1,155 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1994 (6th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (32nd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (158th)
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83/100 (from 1,155 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 82.6/100, a mean average of 81.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.6.

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75/100
From 04/10/2023 04:17
Drugs.
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From 04/01/2023 16:16
A fantastic lyrical album that is let down by the music in my opinion. If the music was up to the same level as the lyrics then this would be amongst the greatest of all time but they don't achieve this with a lot of the songs falling a bit flat for me. The tracks just don't seem to have the energy or infectiousness that would make me come back that often and even though I have revisited this album a lot of times it is only because it gets such high praise. Most of the acclaim comes from the unique style of music and the lyrics as they are so full of depth and they have enough quality that they deserve and demand to be heard. I don't think I have heard anything that similar to the music on here either and that alone makes it an interesting and fun listen. They create a great atmosphere as well that suits the lyrical tone perfectly. Overall, this might not be my style of music or maybe this record hasn't clicked for me yet as I do think it is over rated but it is still a strong release.
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85/100
From 02/19/2023 11:07
Obra-prima
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From 08/31/2022 03:49
Solid album
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From 06/29/2022 14:37
Album Rating: 80.29
(1,124/14)

1.Mr. Self Destruct. 84
2.Piggy. 83
3.Heresy. 71
4.March Of The Pigs. 83
5.Closer. 97
6.Ruiner. 76
7.The Becoming. 73
8.I Do Not Want This. 79
9.Big Man With A Gun. 78
10.A Warm Place. 92
11.Eraser. 72
12.Reptile. 73
13.The Downward Spiral. 65
14.Hurt. 98
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75/100
From 03/08/2022 06:18
Beyond the border of my musical taste. I can live without this..
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From 11/20/2021 10:01
Está bien, es innovador,... Pero es para prestar atención. Es un disco que cuesta asimilar y al que hay que dar varias escuchas
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90/100
From 12/26/2020 10:17
I like the music very much the first song is not so good but that is Industrial. I understand the Story of The Downward Spiral. It is the way of how a person goes to the bottom of life. And I can say I like Close and Hurt very much March of the Pigs and A Warm Place are also nice tracks.
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From 11/30/2020 19:45
Some parts of it are too dark for me, but then there are other parts where I think it's some of the most clever moments ever committed to tape. Best songs are Mr. Self Destruct, Piggy, March of the pigs, Closer, the Becoming, Eraser, Reptile.
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From 09/23/2020 17:43
Few good songs. Rating (72.86)
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