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Reviewed by - Matt Rowe

Nine Inch Nails
The Slip

It didn’t take long for Reznor and his NIN band to recognize the affluence of releasing their own music, retaining every element of music as a 100% payoff.  The high-cost Deluxe Special Edition of their last, Ghosts I-IV sold out very quickly, with the download process, while a learning experience, paying off in the end with important preparatory knowledge.  Soon, that album became available as a physical CD and still sold reasonably well.

Their next album is taking advantage of previous lessons learned and is now out in the form of a free download, which can also be had in the healthier, higher resolution FLAC format.  Soon, it too, will be sold as a physical CD in stores.

The Slip is familiar NIN with plenty of industrial ambience reminiscent of much earlier NIN albums.  It is a mix of the high energy and of the low-key (the piano-driven “The Lights in the Sky,” the lonely space ambient drone of “Corona Radiata”) found in various NIN works scattered across their catalogue.  In short, The Slip is a welcome NIN album that sounds like redemption of sorts, a return to the sound that is enjoyed by many fans.  The usual down-trodden, hurt, broken, fragile, and lost themes are in place.  Trent Reznor has created, not a masterpiece, mind you, but a damn fine NIN album, one worthy of multiple plays.

All said, The Slip is a NIN journey you’re going to enjoy immensely.  If it doesn’t grab hold at first, by all means return to it.  It has claws.

Release Date: May 06, 2008
Produced by: Trent Reznor / NIN
Format: CD

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