Friday, 9 May 2008

[22] Slipping Away (Nine Inch Nails - The Slip)

I realise I'm a couple of days late, but I've been stuck in revision hell.

I only seem to write about Nine Inch Nails when it comes to music, but really, they are the only band interesting me at the moment. On Monday, Trent Reznor released the new Nine Inch Nails album, The Slip, through their website, for free. This release follows the 2 hour experimental collection Ghosts I-IV by 2 months. In the last year, Reznor and Nine Inch Nails have been revitalised, with a current count of 3 studio albums, 1 remix album, 1 collaboration/production job with Saul Williams and 1 world tour. Fans of Nine Inch Nails are positively gorging themselves on this new material, and Reznor seems to be engaging with his music and his fan-community with a new enthusiasm since breaking with long-time label Interscope last November.

The Slip, after the instrumental pastures of Ghosts, is a return to Nine Inch Nails' traditional industrial-rock sound. The album was recorded with returning-players Josh Freese and Robin Finck, as well as Alessandro Cortini. I might write a proper review in the coming weeks, but I think this album, while not a masterpiece, is certainly a keeper. There is a definite With Teeth vibe on the first few tracks, and they are not all solid. Nevertheless, a 3-song run towards the end of the album, with 'Lights in the Sky', 'Corona Radiata' and 'The Four of Us Are Dying', is one of the most impressive and brilliant of any Nine Inch Nails release.

The album is free, I recommend that anyone with a passing interest in music check it out. It is available here, in a variety of formats, including the expected MP3, AAC and Flac, but also the 'higher-than CD quality 24/96 Wave' (full download ~ 1.4gb).

Once again, Reznor stresses the community around the music. The album is dedicated to the fans; the official release blog post states 'thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years - this one’s on me', the website also has this:

we encourage you to remix it share it with your friends,
post it on your blog,
play it on your podcast,
give it to strangers, etc.

Multitracks are already available for remixing at Of course, this is under the Creative Commons license, now accompanied by a link to a short, to-the-point explanation (in various languages!). Nine Inch Nails will be embarking on a tour of North America this summer.

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