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Year Zero [Digipak]

  • 1. Hyperpower!
    2. Beginning of the End, The
    3. Survivalism
    4. Good Soldier, The
    5. Vessel
    6. Me, I'm Not
    7. Capital G
    8. My Violent Heart
    9. Warning, The
    10. God Given
    11. Meet Your Master
    12. Greater Good, The
    13. Great Destroyer, The
    14. Another Version of the Truth
    15. In This Twilight
    16. Zero Sum
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): halo-24

  • Credits
    ProducerTrent Reznor; Atticus Ross
    EngineerAtticus Ross; Trent Reznor; Alan Moulder

    On his 2007 full-length studio follow-up to WITH TEETH, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor steps away from the relatively straight-ahead rock aesthetic of that record, opting instead for an intentionally abrasive sound lined with sharp shards of noise and static. Tied together by an enigmatic, X-FILES-like concept involving an apocalyptic scenario, YEAR ZERO is marked by tell-tale tracks such as "Survivalism," a fierce number that harkens back to THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL, and "In This Twilight," a bleak, distortion-filled song.
    Reportedly influenced by the Bomb Squad's spare, hard-hitting production on vintage Public Enemy releases (a point driven home by the stark, stuttering "My Violent Heart"), ZERO also reveals that Reznor picked up a few experimental tricks from tour-mates TV on the Radio, as best exemplified by the guitar squalls of the aforementioned "Survivalism." Less personal and more cinematic than preceding outings, YEAR ZERO is arguably NIN's least-accessible album, and proves that Reznor hasn't abandoned his SPIRAL-era post as a sonic agitator who has infiltrated the mainstream.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.111) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007".
    Entertainment Weekly (p.61) - "[H]e drives his messages home with the whisper-to-a-scream vocal melodrama and the most chaotically catchy tunes he and his arsenal of machines can generate."
    Alternative Press (p.158) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "For YEAR ZERO, Nine Inch Nails chairman Trent Reznor sets his machinery on 'kill' and points it toward authority and herd mentality, dicing up guitars and laptops synths like an Enron paper trail."
    Kerrang (Magazine) (p.70) - Ranked #8 in Kerrang's "The Top 20 Albums Of 2007" -- "[A] spectacular, chilling record..."
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