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Nine Inch Nails
Things Falling Apart
By Chris Stelmak
The obsessive gothic kid who helped lead
industrial into the spotlight is back again with another album. The
Fragile has had its time -- now we can listen to Things Falling
Another Nine Inch Nails remix shouldn't
come as a surprise to anybody who has followed the band. Broken
was followed with Fixed, The Downward Spiral gave birth to
Further Down the Spiral and now The Fragile is broken down
into Things Falling Apart..
While remixes usually are not nearly as
creative as the original, NIN has a knack for releasing very strong remixes.
The perfectionistic qualities of Trent Reznor usually pay off to create
mixes with interwoven sounds and effects to give the music more depth.
The album may not live up to its predecessors,
but is still worthwhile to the avid Reznor fan.
Three different versions of "Starf--kers
Inc." probably would not be many people's first choice for a track list,
but it is interesting to hear what has been done with each.
One of the versions has a relaxing beginning
that just flows into blips and turbulence of a wacked-out version of the
original. Another version has synthesizers with a 1980s sound that put
the listener right into a European discotheque. The third version attempts
to take on all the cheezy effects and sounds that big rock stars use.
The middle of the album transitions with
a surprising classical version of "The Frail." Violins hum together to
create a strong piece. Because it is NIN, it is not surprising that extra
noises rise up to break up the flow.
The album, however, does include more than
just mixes. It contains a track that was not released with The Fragile;
it's surprising that there was extra material to record after releasing
the two-CD set. Titled "The Great Collapse," this song will easily be looked
over because it is not one of NIN's best instrumentals.
One could swear that the cover of Gary
Numan's "Metal" was written by NIN, unless the listener knew otherwise.
The fuzzed-out repetitive beats start off the track with a sketchy psychotic
tone. As the track progresses, the harsh grit slowly mellows out into a
smooth and very Nails ending.
Things Falling Apart is nothing
ground-breaking for NIN, but it adds another strong remix album into its
library. A little humor and a touch of classical break up the album to
keep it from getting monotonous and creates an album that can really hold