The Downward Spiral review by Nine Inch Nails

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  • Released: Mar 8, 1994
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.6 (101 votes)
Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral

Sound — 10
The sound on this album is great. It goes from pulsating, powerful sounds like Closer that build up sonic tension and unleash it in small bursts of energy, to quiet, soft, and haunting sounds, like the beautiful Hurt. Excellent sound all around.

Lyrics — 8
Trent Reznor is an amazing singer, going from whisper to blodd-curdling screams in an instant. The lyrics are sometimes too personal to really judge them, because you don't know what Trent is trying to get out of his system. The lyrics match the amazing music very well.

Overall Impression — 10
This album is one of the top albums of its entire genre. My favorite songs are "Mr. Self Destruct" and "Hurt." I can't think of anything I really don't like about this album. If I somehow lost possession of it, I would go get it in an instant. If you are even the slightest, tiniest bit interested in industrial music, check this album out.

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