Nine Inch Nails
If I were to sit down and make two lists, one featuring my favorite studio artists and one featuring my favorite live artists, I doubt there would be much crossover. One band that would certainly make both lists is Nine Inch Nails, my favorite live show and easily one of my top five studio artists. Understandably, I was pumped to find out Trent Reznor and co. would be releasing a new studio album and embarking on a massive world tour this year. But as with most high profile releases, Hesitation Marks carried lofty expectations most records can’t hope to fulfill. So while NIN’s latest doesn’t break the mold on the artist, popular music, or anything really, I’m happy to say that at least it is a good album that shows no break in the attention to detail, quality songwriting, and emotional intensity we have come to expect from Reznor.
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