The Downward Spiral (studio album) by Nine Inch Nails

The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
Year: 1994
Overall rank: 144th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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83/100 (from 1,112 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1994 (6th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1990s (30th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (144th)
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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 81.4/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 82.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 16.5.

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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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80/100
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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From 06/03/2020 03:09
very good album, not accessible in the slightest. It took me 30 times trying to listen to finally get all the way through. But when I finally finished it, My jaw was dropped to the floor and I oddly became much happier.
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95/100
From 05/29/2020 13:20
Fav. Tracks: March of the Pigs, Closer, Hurt.
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90/100
From 05/05/2020 14:22
I believe this album to have some of the best production I've ever heard. Most albums being released now dont hold a candle to the mixing and mastering of this. Closer I feel to be a true ten out of ten song. This album is what it says on the tin. An album getting more and more bleak as it goes on. I think the song (downward spiral) Is a very smart choice, to have a load of different elements of songs come together creating this narrative of the protagonist being overwhelmed by everything hes gone through. This album I think will forever be great as it is really the pinnacle of industrial music and certainly one of the best album narratives ever.
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From 02/19/2020 03:17
thanks for the nightmares trent.
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