Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
I want to admit before doing this review that I actively avoided listening to this album for an entire year after it was released simply because of the single that was put out "The Hand That Feeds." I thought the song was a huge disappointment in the scope of Nine Inch Nails' career and wanted nothing to do with the album. Little did I know that With Teeth would become my favorite album to date. Almost exactly a year after it was released, I gave the album a listen and was awe-struck by its presence. If you've only listened to "The Hand that Feeds" you are in for a surprise when you find out that the rest of the album is nothing like the tacky sound of its single.
Most of With Teeth takes on a much more mellow and intensely syncopated feel than "The Hand That Feeds." The first track "All the Love in the World" repeats a very simplistic lyric in front of sampling typical of Trent Reznor's style, which means it is unique and different from anyone else's. Trent Reznor definitely has a definitive style to his sampling that makes him stand out from the crowd, as he should. The album also features some fast-paced throwbacks to old style NIN like the second track "You Know What You Are?" However, unless I wrote an essay on this album I don't feel I could accurately describe the diversity you'll find in this album. It foreshadows the mellow feel of its follow-up album Year Zero but it'll also have you getting all nostalgic about older albums like The Fragile while still doing something entirely different than everything else.
This is my absolute favorite album by Nine Inch Nails and it would be a severe injustice for any one person to not own With Teeth. Go to any of their concerts that feature a substantial line-up from With Teeth or watch the dvd of mostly With Teeth songs and you'll see what I mean. Trent Reznor has blown me away once again. By now I'm just filling space because I expect you to have stopped reading and gone out to buy this album about 100 words ago. If you haven't already, stop reading, buy the album. Go!
User Reviews and CommentsLog In or Register to Rate Albums
Tell us why this album is great or sucks ass, or correct the reviewer. If you write enough quality reviews you may find yourself on the editorial staff.
Reviews have to be over 100 words, shorter ones are classed as comments.
on 2012-02-12 gutterseed Said:
I loved this album from the get go. I am always glad that NIN gets airplay, so I was very excited to hear "the hand that feeds" and "only" on the radio when the album first came out. I could not believe how low the bass drops on "You know what you are". I've always admired Trent Reznor's ability to strip himself and provide the listener with a commentary on life that most people wouldn't dare admit to going through.
The thing that impresses me the most about this album is the order arrangement of the songs. The album flows from song to song flawlessly. It sounds even better when played gapless on itunes. "Beside you in time" and "Right where it belongs" are perfect examples of this. Right where it belongs is probably the most introspective song I've ever heard, without Beside you in time right before it I think the album would not be the same.
I've enjoyed all of NIN's music, I don't care for the remixes they do. The mixture of hostility and apathy alongside his musical arrangements makes me salivate every time I listen to this album. I l have loved every album NIN has put out. When I bought this one it was the only album I listened to for 3-4 months. Each song leaves the listener wanting more, and at the end of it Trent bares everything to say what most people would never admit to saying. I think that's what makes him such a great songwriter, he can look in the mirror and say what most people think about but never talk about because they're afraid of someone else's perspective. Everybody at one point has felt like "just a face in the crowd" or like they only have "one good arm" to beat themselves up with. It's lyrics like this that keep me coming back for more. Everyone loses focus and drifts into the abstracts, everyone can see right through themselves, and everyone has felt less concerned about fitting into someone else's world at one point. Things aren't as pretty on the inside, especially when you're going through the rough patches of life. I always think of the "Only" as a great song that signifies the agony that Trent wrote about on Pretty Hate Machine. I think the album also allows the listener to feel that it's ok to move on but never forget.
Simple beats, long repetitive measures, and outstanding flows all make With Teeth one of NIN's best.
on 2008-02-28 digitalbath Said:
I also would like to mention that the Every Day is Exactly the Same Remix album is stunning. Especially the EL-P remix of Only. Only=least favorite track next to The Hand that Feeds on the album. EL-P remix of Only = my favorite Nine Inch Nails song next to Where is Everybody.
I suggest buying ALL NIN remix albums, always.