Thursday, June 6, 2013

FIRST IMPRESSION: Nine Inch Nails - Came Back Haunted

Yep, this is definitely Nine Inch Nails!  Promising us new music two days ago, Trent Reznor and his small gaggle of usual suspects (Atticus Ross - the Igor to his Frankenstein, and mixer extraordinaire Alan Moulder) deliver the goods on this first sneak peak at September's new LP, "Hesitation Marks".  With the album title referencing the cutting marks attempted-suicides usually exhibit, you might think that the track would be more  of the doom and gloom that served as Reznor's bread and butter back in the "Downward Spiral" days.  Nope!  This is straight up electro-funk, sonically more in line with the poppier moments off 2005's "With Teeth".  Reznor himself references the change in attitude, singing "I am not who I used to be" while his small army of synths squiggle and shimmy underneath.  So, now we are left to wonder: is "Came Back Haunted" indicative of what we can expect from NIN v2.0?  Either way, if the rest of the album brings it like this track,  then "Hesitation Marks" should live up to Reznor's claim that it is "frankly fucking great".

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