Pretty Hate Machine (2011 Reissue)

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Although Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor became the poster boy for industrial rock in the early 1990s, his '89 debut, Pretty Hate Machine, actually has a stronger foothold in '80s synth-pop. the guitar-heavy opener, Head Like A Hole, is the most aggressive track on the album and proved to be the signature song for Reznor's initial breakthrough, but much of the disc sounds like Depeche Mode in a particularly bad mood. All of the tracks on Pretty Hate Machine are based on synthesizer lines and programmed beats, with other elements - such as the distinctive bass on 'Sanctified' and sampled explosions on That's What I Get - filling out the sound. Despite Reznor's morose lyrics, a number of Hate Machine's finest moments are energetic dance tunes, particularly Down In It and the surging Sin. Oddly enough, Reznor's fiercer - and seemingly less accessible - subsequent work (the 'Broken' EP and 'The Downward Spiral') led directly to his mainstream success, but 'Pretty Hate Machine' reveals where the Nine Inch Nails aesthetic started out.


Side A
1. Head Like A Hole
2. Terrible Lie
3. Down In It
4. Sanctified
5. Something I Can Never Have

Side B
1. Kinda I Want To
2. Sin
3. That's What I Get
4. The Only Time
5. Ringfinger