Pretty Hate Machine (studio album) by Nine Inch Nails

Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails
Year: 1989
Overall rank: 497th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 629 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1989 (7th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1980s (70th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (497th)
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Nine Inch Nails bestography

Pretty Hate Machine is ranked 2nd best out of 23 albums by Nine Inch Nails on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Nine Inch Nails is The Downward Spiral which is ranked number 147 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,517.

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79/100 (from 629 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.2/100, a mean average of 78.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.9.

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80/100
From 10/25/2021 18:32
I've liked this album since its release. Very interesting.
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From 04/11/2021 06:25
Excellent album. Head like a hole is a great opener setting the tone for the rest of the album. A brilliant track one side one. The rest of the album is really solid, no filler tracks. Succinct and to the point.
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From 02/16/2021 04:47
I definitely seem to get more personal enjoyment out of this synth-pop sound than what comes in the albums thereafter.
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From 01/08/2020 04:55
A terrific and really hard to categorize debut.
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95/100
From 06/27/2019 18:07
Really good debut album.

Favorites: Head Like A Hole, Terrible Lie, Down In It, Something I Can Never Have, Sin.
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From 02/22/2019 18:12
Lyrics from angsty/edgy Trent are little corny, but I really liked synth-pop music and dancy beats.
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From 01/15/2019 03:23
One of my all time favorite albums. I'm biased in the sense that I went to a lot of warehouse clubs in Detroit around the time this came out and several of these tracks got a lot of play time. This and Ministry's A Land of Rape and Honey the year prior really put their stamp on industrial music for me
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From 12/07/2018 15:47
Nine Inch Nails was a direct result of the synth pop era of the 80s. They brought a sound that was lacking at that moment, inspired by the alternative route, they took the dark turn.
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From 06/15/2016 02:05
Pretty Hate Machine is Nine Inch Nail's first album, and it is awesome. Much dancier than any other NIN record, Pretty Hate Machine mixes synthpop with the industrial influences that would dominate the rest of his work. However, this album is not lacking in humanity, but incorporates it in the lyrics seamlessly with the industrial dance music beneath. "Head Like A Hole" is a classic, but the song that best showed Trent's potential is "Something I Could Never Have". An excellent album, and even though his subsequent releases wouldn't adapt this same sound, I think it's an incredible debut.
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