out today...4/17...nin...noisettes...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 16, 2007 10:14pm | Post a Comment
So last week was a bit busier and next week will again be super busy. But these things come in waves. Just two albums coming out today worth talking about. I will not be wasting your time talking about the new Avril Lavigne. So I am totally impressed with this dude: it seemed like he was off taking a long break for a while, but then he put out a great new album a couple years ago, With Teeth. It kind of surprised me.

And now Nine Inch Nails is back with a new one already Year Zero.  Trent Reznor basically is NIN. He has been creating music for us for almost 20 years now.

2007 is actually the 20th anniversary of Trent's appearance in Light of Day with Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett. You might need to watch it again to catch him in a bar scene playing keyboards in "The Problems." Michael J Fox and Joan Jett are like the rock and roll bar band Carpenters as a brother and sister band called the "Barbusters." Gena Rowlands is amazing as always as their mother. Joan Jett is not only a rocker but a single mom in the movie!

Trent started his career with the brilliant album Pretty Hate Machine on TVT records, an album that basically invented a whole new type of music. It also had a huge influence on many bands. I know many people who still regard it as one of their favorites. He made industrial music that was more accessible and catchy than most. The songs actually kind of flowed and had lyrics that made sense. His albums are always dark and futuristic. This new album will for sure not upset any of his fans. Year Zero is dark, intense and brilliant.

This album is a sort of concept album about a totalitarian future. At times it could be a Depeche Mode album, with beautiful dark synths throughout the albums. His vocals are still strong and precise. Year Future seemed to have only a couple of truly great songs, however, this entire album keeps my attention. It all flows brilliantly together.

Trent Reznor sort of became an unlikely sex symbol of the whole industrial genre. I think it is has a lot to do with the music he creates. His albums are always very sexual. Not sexual in an obvious Barry White kind of way. But seriously, his albums have some power over me. The first single is Survivalism, you can watch the video here if you want...

The video sort of explains the theme of the album if you are still a little confused after listening to the album. Trent is excellent at making music that would sometimes not be so easy to listen to, very accessible. I guess some may not like him for this very reason. But it makes me appreciate him more. Anybody can make a messy industrial album that nobody wants to listen to. His challenge is to make messy industrial music that is actually catchy and radio friendly but still interesting and different.

He has also created brilliant marketing for the album to go along with its theme. There is a 1-800 number you can call with a real message.  This is seriously a great album.  Parts of it even remind me of the greatness that was Pretty Hate Machine.

If you don't believe me, you can listen to the entire album on the website for the album here and make up your own mind. Or just come and buy it. Seriously, it's good!

also out today...

"What's the Time Mr. Wolf?" by The Noisettes

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