So I think I've listened to Year Zero enough, well not enough, still listening to it like a greedy Reznor zealot...but enough to write one of my awesome informal reviews. Onward to the orgy!
It's been a good two weeks since Nine Inch Nails's latest album, Year Zero has been burning holes into my speakers, and boy has it been fun. The moment I heard one of the tracks start playing for the first time I knew we had hit gold. Something about this album...just really draws you in, almost into another place. It's insane. I love it. Trent Reznor, please let me sex the brilliance out of you. Please.
I read a few things online, reviews and such (not to mention the website [http://www.exterminal.net/] translated from binary on the album that a friend directed me to, crazy stuff), and according to the master himself, this is supposed to be a soundtrack to a movie in his head or something like that. And it seriously is. It really isn't rare for me to unleash my vivid imagination when listening to music (as I am a self-proclaimed artist-ninny, visually stimulated 24-7), but when listening to this, there was a narrative aspect to my mental state that I really hadn't experienced before. When listened in sequence you get a sense of a story, and even if you can't decipher all the lyrics without help, the music pretty much tells it all for you. I gotta say, I was impressed. It's a great set of themes, a lot of the songs have a message, and to top it off they make my ears dance happily. The whole thing is a trip, and I don't think I can recount every reason why this album is so amazing on so many levels.
Ok. Yes. I'm raving, so slap me across the face with a trout. I apologize for being a crazy fangirl...again...lol, but I can't help that I like awesome music. =P
Anyway, to the music. My top five favorite tracks (there isn't actually one that I don't like, though, w00t):
1. God Given - so fucking catchy. You can like chair dance to it. I like the mood it brings, it appeals to me greatly, and has that repeatability thing going for it.
2. My Violent Heart - I like the sweeping motion of the song, the transition from quiet verse to chorus. Really effective, very epic!
3. Survivalism - The single. Extremely catchy, solid song. I like the video (Trent is soo hotter than George Clooney, lmao).
4. Capitol G - Classy. I like the sounds in this one, I'm not sure what they are...or if they are in fact anything really, lol. Trent's vocals on this one are also excellent.
5. Me I'm Not - I get the strongest visuals in my head from this one. The feel is almost barren, post-apocalyptic. Trippy to just sit down and listen to alone.
Yup. Well I think those were songs highlighted by the band, on their website and stuff, and rightfully so I think. There are many other gems on Year Zero that would be worth mentioning but I like every damn track so I'll leave it to you to explore.
Overall, an excellent album, should be listened to in order...for the most epic of journeys. Also possibly NIN's best, it's growing on me in that way. I would kill to see them live, and don't tell me about how you have/will see them b/c I will slit your throat in jealousy. Just kidding!
So I say to you, fellow fans and non-fans alike, tell me about the aftermath of your orgy with Mr. Reznor! Did you wake up satisified, or were you completely disgusted with the 41 year old man in your bed, unable to remember if you did the nasty or not?
Don't mind my silly analogies, I'm interested in opinions! Feed me!