…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead The Century of Self:
Not my favorite album ever, but you can’t knock these guys for lack of passion or ambition. Every track has epic riffing impassioned vocals and lyrics which take no prisoner. A strong disk overall but the singularity of their musical attack, which probably makes them amazing live, makes it hard to get through the whole album in one go.
Rating: 13/15 tone it down once in awhile points
Nine Inch Nails Y34RZ3R0R3M1X3D:
It’s like a kids movie: Trent Reznor wrote a decent album, it just required the help of his friends to bring it out.
Rating: 12/15 album titles that hurt the eyes.
Nine Inch Nails All That Could Have Been:
Great live disk. All the tracks from The Downward Spiral and The Fragile are at least as good as the album tracks. The tracks from Pretty Hate Machine, go far beyond the originals. The production couldn’t be better, and Trent and his ensemble are in top form. Say what you want about their studio releases, but Nine Inch Nails bring an energy to the stage like few others.
Rating: 14/15 Innovative financial decisions