Bad Witch (studio album) by Nine Inch Nails

Bad Witch by Nine Inch Nails
Year: 2018
Release date: 2018-06-22
Overall rank: 7,089th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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Bad Witch is ranked 9th best out of 23 albums by Nine Inch Nails on

The best album by Nine Inch Nails is The Downward Spiral which is ranked number 158 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 10,311.

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From 10/27/2020 10:17
Feb20. 'Shit Mirror' is a pretty cool start to the album. It apparently features The Cult's Ian Astbury, but his voice is so hidden in the mix there is no way I would have picked it without reading it was there. 'Ahead of Ourselves' is a little repetitive, but sounds like older NIN with a drum loop, programmed music that kicks into gear for an abrasive chorus.
I have no idea how to describe the instrumental 'Play the Goddamned Part' other than to say it sounds like a building piece from a soundtrack. And the saxophone was a surprise. The start of 'God Break Down the Door' starts as some techno, drum and bass mix, and if it was not NIN I'd have skipped from the start. As it was, it did not really grab me. Different though, as they mix saxophone and Reznor sings in a 'lounge' voice. A little late guitar makes the song more interesting.
'I'm Not of this World' sounds like some futuristic machine has just been left on and recorded. 'Over and Out' starts as an upbeat electronic track, that again, if this was not a NIN album I would skip. The slow, David Bowie inspired vocals did not do it for me, but I am sure that is the appeal for other listeners. In all, these last 2 tracks are too long. This is actually my least favourite album of the trilogy. 2/5
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From 06/17/2020 07:23
Trent at the most raw and poignant he's been since Year Zero. Great release.
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From 06/27/2018 20:23
best thing trent's done in years
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From 06/27/2018 10:16
A lot better than I was expecting. The instrumental sections are genuinely interesting.
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From 06/27/2018 05:06
The best of the recent EPs, this is a beautifully realised collection of songs which sustain a singular mood pretty well. It feels more like a short album (which is kind of what it's being marketed as, and I'm fine with that descriptor). 'God Break Down the Door' is my favourite thing they've done for a while, possibly because it sounds a LOT like Bowie's Blackstar. Shit Mirror is also killer.
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From 06/23/2018 17:11
Reznor’s EPs have been pretty solid thus far and this is the best of the lot, i can’t remember the last time NIN sounded so in your face and aggressive. This series has been a real rejuvenation project spanning a few years and it’s reached a head with their best release in at least 13 years.
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From 06/22/2018 17:02
I feel this album is one that need's a few listens before a final consensus, but right now this is really great stuff. This is NIN probably at their best since The Fragile. It's a noise rock version of Blackstar basically and I'm all here for it.

God Break Down The Door and Ahead of Ourselves are awesome
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