Trent Reznor is a technological visionary, whose bold moves are shifting a bloated music industry behemoth to the internet. But can he still rock? I reviewed his disc for Metromix to find out.
Backstory: Now enjoying its 20-year anniversary, Trent Reznor’s NIN isn’t resting on its track record. After abandoning the corporate music model for his own label, he’s digitally released two albums in 2008 already, including “Ghosts I-IV” and this fine effort, offered free online.
Verdict: “The Slip” is stellar, and eminently diverse. The opener “999,999” is a glitch soundscape, while its companion “1,000,000” is a stomp that evokes classic NIN tracks like “Head Like a Hole” and “Down In It.” More accessible tunes like “Echo-plex” and “Discipline” veer close to pop, while the chaos of “Letting You” offers something for diehards. Things chill out before the pound of “Demon Seed.” It’s a bracing ride.