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Great Milenko
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 August, 1997)
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Comedy hip-hop generally takes the low route, doing either physical humor (cf. The Fat Boys) or a litany of cheap-shots and potty-talk (cf. 2 Live Crew). Insane Clown Posse does both. But they're also side-splittingly funny for a couple listens--and pretty good with the beats and samples besides. The concept's like this: These two white guys have a vision of global unity that has something to do with dressing as clowns and spraying soda all over everything. They're, like, dead or something, so they have supernatural powers, and each album they put out represents a card in this eternal trump hand that'll call God back to earth when it's all collected together. If you can think of anything funnier on the spot, go get a record deal. --Gavin McNett ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Great Milenko (review)
"The Great Milenko" by ICP is one of the best CD's EVER!! I'll walk y'all through it a little, so you'll know why it was one of the best CD's:
1) Intro-9.5/10- Alice Cooper did a great job on the narration. It really sets the tone for the album.
2) Great Milenko-9/10- It's a little over a minute long. Kind of like another intro, but it gives more detail to the great milenko himself
3) Hokus Pokus-11/10- One of the strongest tracks on the CD. Funny lyrics, too.
4) Piggy Pie-11/10- Kick-ass lyrics, and the chorus is cool too. The skit after the song was hillarious.
5) How Many Times-7/10- I don't know why, but this track was pretty weak. The beat was okay and the lyrics were too, but something about it made it sound repetitive.
6) Southwest Voodoo-11/10- Another one of the best songs on the album
7) Halls of Illusions-10/10- Great lyrics and meaning
8) Under the Moon-9/10- the eerie music and bizarre lyrics made the track stand out on this CD. Another one of my favorite ones.
9) What is a Juggalo-8/10- The lyrics are okay, but the chorus sucks.
10) House of Horrors-8/10- I liked this track at first, but then it started to get old...fast
11) Boogie Woogie Wu-4/10- I hate this song so much, I don't wanna even review it
12) Neden Game-100/10-(no that isn't a typo)The track is set up like a dating gameshow. I guarantee you'll love this one.
13) Hellalujah-100/10- Great skits, the lyrics are the reason i'm not religious (why should you have to spend money for a blessing?).
14) Down With the Clown-100/10- A juggalo anthem. Need I say more?
15) Just Like That-9/10- This track reminds me of something from Ringmaster
16) Pass Me By-8/10- Pretty fair track. That's all.
Anyway, I hoped my review helped in trying to figure out whether you want this album of not. This one is DEFINITELY for the juggalos.MMFCL!!

5-0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest CDs ever
great milenko is my favourite ICP cd they've made because it's the most juggalo sounding of them all and all the songs are incredibly catchy and the lyrics are wicked any way a review of the songs
1. Intro - very dark and scary the best intro of any of their CDs 9/10
2. Great milenko - wicked short song, very catchy beat 10/10
3. Hokus Pokus - one of their best songs ever, funny as lyrics, for the juggalos
4. piggy pie pretty cool song, great chorus and amusing lyrics 8/10
5. how many times? - one of their darkest songs, good slow beat but repetitive 8/10
6. southwest voodoo - probably their best song ever wicked easy to follow lyrics, awesome beat wicked juggalo pleaser 10/10
7. halls of illusions - very good song and different meaning to your regular ICP songs and cool guitar riffs in the chorus, very aggressive track 10/10
8. under the moon - not bad but it sounds too much like something off the wraith. 5/10
9. what is a juggalo - wicked song about as good as hokus pokus, hilarious lyrics 10/10
10. house of horrors - great song with a wicked beat, sounds like most of the stuff on the riddle box 9/10
11. boogie wooggie wu - ok song, a bit childish, not something i'd listen to all the time 6/10
12. the neden game - very funny song, cool beat, but i think jokers wild was a better gameshow style song 8/10
13. hellalujah - pretty funny song but gets annoying and doesnt have enough of a beat 6/10
14. down with the clown - absaloutely wicked song, same style juggalo song like hokus pokus and southwest voodoo, wicked beat, catchy lyrics, very long outro.10/10
15. just like that - pretty cool song but a bit fast, sounds like something off ringmaster 7/10
16. pass me by - pretty good but they should have made a better song for the outro. 6/10

overall this CD gets 10/10 for the 10/10 songs alone, you wont find better songs on other Cds after you listen to southwest voodoo, hokus pokus, halls of illusions, down with the clown and what is a juggalo.

5-0 out of 5 stars the best jokers card ever!!!!!!!
before i say anything i'd like to say that i recommend that every juggalo and juggalet should get this album.<br /> <br /> 1.intro-7/10 the intro is pretty cool,a little funny.<br /> <br /> 2.great milenko-5/10 sort of like another intro,it's alright<br /> <br /> 3.hokus pokus-10/10 awesome song!funny and a great beat and chorus<br /> <br /> 4.piggy pie-8/10 preety good song.awesome lyrics and beat.the skit of the end of the song is funny as hell!!! i gurantee you will laugh.i tape recorded this and played it in my math class.everyone loved the skit and laughed their ass off,teacher got mad though.<br /> <br /> 5.how many times-3/10 not that good,thats all i can say.<br /> <br /> 6.southwest voodoo-6/10 this song is fair<br /> <br /> 7.halls of illusions-10/10 completely awesome song.everything in it is great.<br /> <br /> 8.under the moon-not sure what i could say about this one.sorry.<br /> <br /> 9.what is a juggalo-10/10 this song is for every juggalo!i recommend every juggalo listens to this song!!!<br /> <br /> 10.house of horrors-3/10 not really good lyrics,beat,or humor.<br /> <br /> 11.boogie woogie wu-7/10 fair.a little horror,good chorus,and good beat.<br /> <br /> 12.the neden game-100/10 insanely awesome laugh your ass off track!!!get ready to play a dating game with extremely crude humor and crude sexual comments!listen to this song!!!!!!!!!!<br /> <br /> 13.hellalujah-not sure about this one either.sorry.<br /> <br /> 14.down with the clown-10/10 a juggalo and jugglets song.very good lyrics,chorus,and beat.<br /> <br /> 15.just like that-9/10 everything in this song is good.just short.<br /> <br /> 16.pass me by-2/10 not a good song. ... Read more

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Carnival of Carnage
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 August, 1998)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Carnival of Carnage
Gr8 cd cant say itz they best but each cd got better and better after this cd

1.Intro-This introduces the Dark Carnival and explains what it is

2.Carnival of carnage-Just a track that says carnival of carnage over & over has a gr8 beat tho

3.The Juggla-The 1st actual song on the cd one of the best on the cd

4.First Day Out-A juggalo classic this song was later remade by twiztid for their album "MoStAsTeLeSs"

5.Red Neck Hoe-anotha classic that was also remade by icp & twiztid for the album "Psychopathics from outer space"

6.Wizard of the hood-Awesome song that was later made into an ep that featured Twiztid blaze and abk

7.Is That you w/ Kid Rock-This song pretty much blows not just because of Kid Rock i just dont like it

8.Psychopathic- Alright song

9.guts on the ceiling-ok song

10.The rest of the songs on this cd are gr8 id review em but im gettin lazy so just take my word forit

Peace ninjaz MCL

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3-0 out of 5 stars The worst Joker's Card
I love ICP, and I think their earlier stuff is generally better, but this isn't very consistent, and their are only a few songs up to their usual quality. The lyrics are pretty stupid too.

1) Intro (10/10) This is a great intro to their entire legacy/saga/whatever-you-want-to-call-it. It has some chimes and Violent J (Best name ever!) talking about how the Carnival of Carnage is coming to a peaceful little town.

2) Carnival of Carnage (7/10) A usual ICP title track (they just say the title over and over on top of a beat, and sometimes have verses), but this isn't as good Great Milenko or Riddlebox. Kind of boring.

3) The Juggla (6/10) This is pretty stupid. They sucked at rapping when they made this for the most part. I mean come on ("and like I said I'll mug ya, so don't f--k with the juggla!" Tons and tons of cuss words.

4) First Day Out (8/10) Much better than the Juggla. Usual ICP abuse-some-poor-little-girl song. Kind of funny, especially the "I've got a...little piece of chicken for ya" thing. Nice creepy beat.

5) Red Neck Hoe (6/10) Might be good, except theirs this stupid voice saying "f--kin Bigot!" in the background over and over!

6) Wizard of the Hood (8/10) Good story, lame beat.

7) Is that you? (9/10) Best yet on the CD at this point. Not bad, and the beat and rapping is good, but the "play that ass like a bongo!" thing Kid Rock (yes, he's in this song) said is unbearably idiotic.

8) Psychopathic (7/10) Lacks substance. Just a simple boring beat and for about half the song he just says "Psychopachic!" over and over.

9) Guts on the Ceiling (11/10) YAY! Awesome creepy song about trying to find his guts cuz he exploded. Rapping is still bad, but one of my favorites. Ringmaster quality. This has the "Yo, you'll never guess what's up" that's used in Cemetary Girl. Juggalos know what I mean.

10) Never Had it Made (20/10) The best on the CD by far, because there are many different sections and the beat and samples are so creepy. Story of Violent J's life (or at least the one he made up). One of their best songs ever.

11) Your Rebel Flag (?/?) Don't know if I like this, I couldn't find it on Kazaa.

12) Ghetto Freak Show (9/10) Pretty good and not too stupid.

13) Taste (12/10) Great, song about ghetto revenge, lots of guest rappers who are way better than the clowns themselves.

This is worth buying only for Guts on the Ceiling, Never had it Made, and Taste.

5-0 out of 5 stars 1 of the better jokers cards.
This is Insane Clown Posses 1st and 1 of thier best c.d.s. I like this, the amazing jekel brothers, and the wraith tied for the best.I own all 6 jokers cards + bizzar, bizaar, and forgotten freshness vol's 1 and 2, so i know alot about these guys. This along with every other (icp) CD is reccomended. ... Read more

Asin: B00000A6K8
Sales Rank: 24983


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The Ringmaster
Average Customer Review: 4.41 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (12 May, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars All for the...RINGMASTER
Ok I have to admit that when I first bought this I was dissapointed. I thought it had no good lyrics or beats. I must have had my head up my arse coz this CD really kicks it! Now I listen to it the most aside from Riddlebox! It's old skool ICP and has a good dose of wicked shxt! My favourite song is 'The Loons" and also 'Bugs on my nutz"...a must buy! (Though I will say I don't like the original Chicken Huntin', the new one is a lot better). MCL JUGGALOS

4-0 out of 5 stars ICP at their best
In my opinion,This is ICP's best CD they have ever made.This has their old skool style that you can't hear on "Great Milenko" or "The Amazing Jeckel Bros."...This has ICP classics on it such as "Murder Go Round","Chicken Huntin'",Mr.Johnson's Head",,"Bugz On My Nugz",and "Wagon,Wagon".They were raw as hell on this album,This CD has funny stuff,scary stuff,weird stuff,everything you know and love about ICP is on here.This is a classic ICP CD and I recommend any ICP fan get this.

5-0 out of 5 stars the ringmaster
these cd is very good these is one of my fav cd of all time these is horrarcore at its best i just wish mike e clark would come back him and icp are heaps better then mike p and icp every one already knows that any way who is 50cent oh thats right right POP RAP ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 20975


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Freek Show
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 October, 2000)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Step aside, ICP...
It takes a lot of talent to make me like ANY kind of rap, so I could tell right off that these guys had something special. They take the horrorcore rap genre one step farther, putting heavy background beats, relentlessly grating vocals, and meaningful lyrics together to create the best underground rap ever made. You just can't help rapping along and banging your head in rhythm to to catchy beat.

This is actually a concept album. The stars, Twiztid, feel labelled by the outside world as "Freek Shows", as shown in songs like "Do You Really Know", "Different", and "All I Ever Wanted". They feel more and more alienated, and finally, the violence ends with the heartfelt "I'm Alright" which is basically a suicide note.

To the narrow minded, Twiztid may seem like heartless bastards who like to sacrifice animals and rape women, but when you listen to the lyrics of this CD, you realize that they are really very intelligent people delivering a new breed of rap to the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Loved Mostastless and this is just as good
I got this the first day it came out along with Bizzar Bizaar. I had to skip school to get it and then listen to it but i'm a juggalo what can u expect. Twizted turned more rock in this CD but it don't matter it's just as good and has a few more songs then Mostastless. The front cover is just amazing i love it. The lyrics are great People Are strange is one of the best if not the best song on the CD. If you love ICP and Twiztid this is a must for your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Album
This is one kick ass album. Every song is great. I've listened to it literally for hours on end. Myself and a few friends took this cd on a 4 hour driving trip and it's all we listened to the whole time. If you're thinking of buying it, quit thinking and DO it. You won't be disappointed. ... Read more

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Sales Rank: 13766


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The Amazing Jeckel Brothers
Average Customer Review: 3.96 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (25 May, 1999)
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The rise of the Insane Clown Posse--or a group very much like them--was probably inevitable; somebody had to play the part of Howard Stern in the rap world. That it was two guys in clown makeup who rap--badly--over prerecorded tracks and spray their audiences with soda was a pure accident, brought about when their former record label dropped the act on the eve of the release of The Great Milenko. The Amazing Jeckel Brothers, their first proper follow-up album to Milenko, capitalizes on their notoriety; it features guests like the Jerky Boys and Ol' Dirty Bastard and issues challenges to MTV, Lollapalooza, and Kiss bassist Gene Simmons--whom ICP accuse of stealing their "shit" (though shtick would be a more appropriate word, and it was Simmons's in the first place). ICP stick with the formula on Jeckel Brothers that they've, um, perfected; it's not for everyone, but fans won't be disappointed. --Randy Silver ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars COULD'VE BEEN BETTER
THIS CD, WHICH IS THE 5TH JOKER'S CARD, IS OK, TO SAY THE LEAST. I WILL SAY THIS ABOUT THE ALBUM, IT HAS THE FUNNIEST SKITS THAT ICP HAS EVER DONE IN THEIR ENTIRE CAREER. EVEN THOUGH I DON'T PLAY THIS CD TOO MUCH, IT STILL IS KINDA SPECIAL TO ME. AFTER ALL, THIS WAS THE 1ST ICP ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT! THESE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ALBUM; ''MAD PROFESSOR'', ICP'S VERSION OF THE GETO BOYS CLASSIC ''ASSASSIN'', ''EVERYBODY RIZE'', ''TERRIBLE'', AND ''I WANT MY SH*T''. ODB MAKES AN APPEARANCE ON ''B***HES'' AND THE DOGGFATHER HIMSELF SNOOP DOGG MAKES A SUPRISING APPEARANCE ON ''THE SHAGGY SHOW''. BY THE TIME THIS ALBUM WAS RELEASED, ICP STARTED SHOWING UP ON WCW SHOWS AND THEY WOULD LATER FORM THEIR VERY OWN WRESTLING COMPANY, WHICH IS CALLED JUGGALO CHAMPIONSH*T WRESTLING. THE CD'S WORTH BUYING, EVEN THOUGH IT AIN'T AS GOOD AS A LOT OF THEIR OTHER CDS. FOLLOWED BY A DIRECT-TO-VIDEO MOVIE, ENTITLED ''BIG MONEY HUSTLAS'', BIZAAR, FORGOTTEN FRESHNESS VOL. 3, AND THE 6TH JOKER'S CARD ''THE WRAITH; SHANGRI-LA''.

5-0 out of 5 stars The 5th Jokers Card Is Amazing!
We've seen 4 jokers cards and now here's the 5th, The Amazing Jeckel Brothers. I wouldn't say it's Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J's best work, but it's damn near close.
Here's what i thought about each track:

1. Intro - nothing to say.
2. Jack Jeckel - nothing to say.
3. Bring It On - This track kicks [prosterior}, a great opening for The Amazing Jeckel Brothers. Plus after this track is a hilarious phone skit with the FOOKOFF joke from the RiddleBox album.
4. I Want My [Sh*t] - Awesome track, one of the best on the album.
5. B*tches - [Heck] yeah, ICP and ODB, what more can you ask for?
6. Terrible - It's alright.
7. I Stab People - Good track.
8. Another Love Song - Follow up to the original Love Song from Ringmaster, this one is even better.
9. Everbody Rize - Wicked track.
10. Play With Me - Good.
11. Jake Jeckel - nothing to say.
12. [F*ck] The World - Awesome song, in this song, Shaggy says ... 93 times!
13. Shaggy Show - Awesome, features Snoop Dogg and some hilarious commercial skits.
14. Mad Professor - Good.
15. Assassins - Awesome.
16. Echo Side - Nah.
17. Nothing's Left - No, i don't like it.

This album comes with 3 different cases: yellow, red, and clear.

1-0 out of 5 stars This Band Sucks
I listened to a couple of ICP's songs and they are the worst band or group or what ever you want to call them i have ever heard in my life. Any one who would listen to ICP is a freek and stupid. I mean who in gods name would like a band that has there own wrestling league and wears make up is cool. I for sure think that is childish and is a sack of crap.

DON"T BUY ICP THEY SUCK!!!!! ... Read more

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Things Falling Apart
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (21 November, 2000)
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After the two nihilistic epics The Downward Spiral (1995) and its belated follow-up The Fragile (1999), Trent Reznor's Nine Inch Nails are settling into a loud, predictable rut. The same thrashy, complex-yet-melodic industrial rock that sounded so groundbreaking on Downward Spiral is beginning to show its limitations. Though often mesmerizing in the way Reznor's inventive sonic structure and relentlessly bleak tone congeal so convincingly around the catchiest of pop melodies, the man seems to have run out of places to go. Things Falling Apart, a collection of severely remixed songs from The Fragile, adds precious little to Rezner's familiar, impossibly angry milieu. Almost all the songs fall short of their original versions, especially all three versions of "Starf***ers Inc" (though, to be fair, that may have been The Fragile's best track). There are a few previously unreleased tracks here that shine; the Fragile outtake "10 Miles High" throws a simple, pounding chorus into a swamp of washed-out ambient noise, while the Gary Numan cover "Metal" makes convincing use of Reznor's gift for pop melody. Still, it's apparent that, despite how great he is at what he does, Reznor just can't keep doing it forever. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Breathes new life into The Fragile.
NIN has somehow outdone itself once again with its latest EP, Things Falling Apart. The album is basically composed of many remixes of The Fragile and even some new, unreleased songs, recorded during The Fragile recording sessions. I was skeptical about this album. As much as I loved The Fragile, I thought no remix album could top it. Still, being the NIN fan I am, I bought it the day it was released. I was surprised to find that each song kept its original power and meaning as it was in The Fragile, sometimes even adding to it, as is the case with Slipping Away, a remix of Into The Void with re-recorded lyrics and a completely different and more intense sound, and the Benelli remix of The Frail, which uses violins in the beginning, and then changes to random sound effects to add confusion, which suits the song very well. I was surprised to see a remix of a Vinyl only Fragile song make its way onto this EP, titled 10 Miles High. Trent Reznor has done it again, and I can't wait until he releases his next full-length studio recorded album.

5-0 out of 5 stars because everything Nine Inch Nails does gets 5 stars...
But, really, I'd probably only give it 3 stars. In case you didn't know, this is a remix EP (however, it is album-length) and includes remixes of songs that appeared on the 1999 Nine Inch Nails album "The Fragile". however, it does sport one new song - a cover of Gary Numan's Metal.

If you are looking to buy your first NIN album, get Downward Spiral, and if you are looking for a remix cd, Fixed and Further Down The Spiral are much better than Things Falling Apart.

Standout tracks on this CD are
Slipping Away (remix of Into The Void), The Great Collapse (remix of The Wretched), Metal, and the versions of Ten Miles High (a Fragile B-side, available on Halo 15) and The Frail.

The Starf..kers, Inc remixes are rubbish, quite frankly. And there are 3 of them! If you are buying this CD for them, you will be disapointed.

For collectors, of course this album is a must, but it can wait if you have other ones you need to buy as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Never thought I'd listen to this one (and write a review)
I'll start by saying that NIN isn't even my favorite band. I recall somewhat liking their (OK - his) "Broken" and "Downward spiral". I've listend to the "Fragile" exactly once and didn't want to hear it again.
After listening to this EP, I really feel that Reznor shouldn't have bothered with the original. Seems Reznor has been listening to too much Aphex Twin and it shows in couple of the tracks. Pretend that you are listening to somebody else and have no expectations. You will actually enjoy this CD. A decent industrial album. ... Read more

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Pretty Hate Machine
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (09 November, 1989)
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Considered the breakthrough album that delivered a more palatable version of industrial music to the commercial audience, Pretty Hate Machine left its dingy mark on pop culture. The abrasive "sonarchy" of the album was first churned by despondent club-goers who roiled with the rhythms and aligned with the angst-ridden convictions. Since its release, the album's tempered deviations came to signify an aesthetic reverie for machine-driven martyrdom. Permeated by hissing engines and dissonant strains, the tracks cascade outside channels of modern complacency. Hits like "Head Like a Hole" and "Down in It" are recognized by the acidic beats, piercing riffs, and lyrical hostilities which snare the listener with disparaging rhapsody. Not for the light-headed, Pretty Hate Machine afflicts the inner sanctum and strikes a nerve. --Lucas Hilbert ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Trent's Phenomenal Debut...
Nine Inch Nails broke into the mainstream with the industrial magic of PRETTY HATE MACHINE. It wasn't hard to appreciate the underrated early efforts of Trent Reznor, who proved himself quite worthy with a rabid cult following with the first single "Head Like A Hole". That song broke NIN into the mainstream, and Trent Reznor would only shine brighter from there.

Songs like the seductive "Sanctified", the beautifully haunting "Something I Can Never Have", and the bonafied smash rock hit "Head Like A Hole" were important songs in the mainstream of industrial music, and influenced many future industrial bands. The sinister and angry "Sin", the subdued but untame "The Only Thing", and the keyboard blip, catchy-beat closer "Ringfinger" are also signs of important potential. But even more important are "Terrible Lie" and "Down In It", two songs that also caught the attention of radio. All of the ten tracks on here seethe with anger, writhe with emotion, and strangle your senses. You can't help but be sucked into Trent's world.

PRETTY HATE MACHINE was a great debut, but it was only a hint of things to come for the musical mastermind that is Trent Reznor.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is synth-pop at its best!
What makes this album great is that people who have listened to it believe that it was something truly revolutionary. Ironically, however, a simple dissection of the roots of PHM yields a strong influence of the popular music that dominated the 80's. Trent dabbles in hip-hop- yes that's rap in Down In It -funk, and traditional pop piano melodies that make Elton John swoon(Something I Can Never Have). The drum-machine samples of PHM are ones that will bring back memories of other synth-pop songs. Nevertheless, this album makes good of its genre, and anyone claiming to like NIN beyond Closer is lying unless he/she owns this album. An endnote: IMHO, the best songs of this recording time for NIN come not on this album, but on the three singles (Halos 1, 3, and 4) released supplementary to PHM. The various remixes of Head Like a Hole (particularly "opal" if you can find it), Down in It (the "demo" on halo 3 is best), and Sin are a treat, and the non-album Get Down Make Love is a classic. The true NIN fan owns all the albums and the singles and ep's.

5-0 out of 5 stars freekin excellent
by far the best nine inch nails album ever. I remember buying this from the local record store on vinyl back in 89. My mind spun watching the blue and pink decals twist on the turn table forming this wierd filament of psychodelic colors; WAY cool!. Despite this being an 80s album, this music would still be considered hot today. This record has so much variety in the techno/ industrial genres let alone Reznors other albums. This one is unique and a must have for all nine inch nail fans. ... Read more

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The Downward Spiral
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (08 March, 1994)
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Nine Inch Nails are a pretty amazing phenomenon when one considers what they--um, he--have done with just a few studio recordings. The Downward Spiral, NIN's second full-length album, is just as packed with vitriol as Pretty Hate Machine and the EP Broken--and has just as solid a base of pop hooks that go a long way toward explaining NIN's popularity. Most recognizable is the down-tempo single "Closer," which remains a staple of dance clubs everywhere. But for the most part, the album is all heavy beats and aggressive guitars--industrial music with a pop angle. That winning combination is what makes Trent Reznor a law unto himself, becoming insanely popular while the main body of industrial music retains its subculture status. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Audio Suicide Note
"Roar Of Machines" might have been a good name for this as well. Dark, moody, loud, angry and groundbreaking, these five words best sum up "The Downward Spiral" in all it's bloody glory. When you listen to this album, listen to it all the way through, then you can pick out your favorites and hit repeat. Why? It's a concept album. Kinda like a book or a movie, you wanna see, read, hear it all in sequence. To start off this masterpiece is "Mr. Self Destruct". The song is so heavy that you will not believe your ears, it has enough distortion to make Jimi Hendrix turn in his grave. The song then leads directly into "Piggy". The exact opposite of "Mr. Self Destruct", it has an almost jazz feel to it with Trent Reznor whispering "nothing can stop me now". "Heresy" is the closest thing to "Closer" on this disc, so if you bought it for "Closer", chances are you'll like this song too. Especially the "God is dead" chorus. "March Of The Pigs" is one of NIN most solid songs ever, definate perfection. "Closer" is NIN biggest hit and I can see why. This is a classic sing along. "Ruiner" has the greatest chorus I've ever heard in a song. Lyrically it's okay but musically it's perfect. "The Becoming" might be my favorite track here. "Annie, hold a little tighter I just might slip away", that floors me every time. "I Do Not Want This" is the worst song here but NIN worst is still better then other artists best, it's still a good song too. "Big Man With A Gun" is the controversial song here, it's hilarious though, good, but short. "A Warm Place" maybe NIN best instrumental, very heavenly. "Eraser" starts off very annoying but song bulds up and explodes everywhere, nice. "Reptile" is, simply put, amazing. "The Downward Spiral" is a crazy song, when tat scream comes in... "Hurt" is probably the saddest song ever, really touching. It's easy to see why Trent Reznor is the best at whatever he does, he really is a genious. In an artical I read about Trent, it said with this album Trent killed off the industrial genre. At first I didn't know what they meant, but then it struck me, Trent did everything in this genre that could possibly be done. This is one twisted tale about a sick puppy who does all the wrong things, yet you still feel sorry for. A classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing album to be listened to from start to finish
This is by far one of the best CD's I own. It's the CD you'vealways wanted, the one where EVERY SONG is worth listening to. TrentReznor creates something wholly dark and original, pleasantly dissonant, with thought-provoking lyrics. One thing I recently learned is that this is a concept album, a cohesive piece of work. Listen to it completely through, and you won't be disappointed. "Mr. Self-Destruct"--The CD kicks off with a song with parallel structure in the lyrics and movement-inducing music. "Piggy"--Suddenly Trent slows it down, to a nightclub beat that'll have you grooving and crooning along. "Heresy"--Trent's back in screaming mode as he takes on organized religion. Note: turn this down if someone around you will be offended by "your god is dead / and no one cares" "March of the Pigs"--One of the best, most frenetic, earth-shattering songs on the CD, you won't be able to resist the urge to bob your head along. And plus, a nice piano tune. "Closer"--The popular favorite, this song has so many layers that every time you listen to it, you'll notice something different. Amazing. "Ruiner"--An angry rant against the Ruiner, this song continues the loud dissonance. The bridge goes on a bit too long, but this is still a cool song. "The Becoming"--A haunting tale of a man becoming a machine (metaphorically, of course) with an unexpected acoustic section. Yes, they can play guitar normally. "I Do Not Want This"--A perfect expression of how much "this world can beat you down". "Big Man with a Gun"--A short, fun little ditty supposedly mocking gangster rap. "A Warm Place"--A soft, peaceful instrumental...beautiful. "Eraser"--Dark, disturbing, hard tale of a breakup gone bad. "Reptile"--Ever had the feeling your girlfriend's cheating on you? Perhaps she's a "reptile". "The Downward Spiral"--An acoustic reprise of the "Closer" theme sets the stage for this disturbing suicide song. "Hurt"--An acoustic ballad of pain, sympathy, and perhaps...hope. All in all, an incredible work.

1-0 out of 5 stars hot topic ??? the nirvana of industrial music
you call this crap music, my grandma makes better... get into real music with real guitars not this satanic techno crap... try children of bodom, pink floyd, or the cars if you want nice keyboard ... Read more

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Broken
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (22 September, 1992)
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As a placeholder between the full-length Pretty Hate Machine and The Downward Spiral, Broken packs a serious punch. Angrier and less poppy than Machine, this EP is full of noisy hooks, if such a thing is possible (check out that guitar riff on the full-throttle "Wish"), and much closer aesthetically to the industrial subgenre that informs Trent Reznor's music. As song titles like "Help Me I Am in Hell" suggest, Broken is a work of undiluted rage, which is, of course, a big part of its appeal. --Genevieve Williams ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating display of anger and torment
    Broken is one of the best harder rock albums of the decade, and certainly one of the best Nine Inch Nails recordings. Trent Reznor hates the world, and he lets you know it through this intense and powerful EP.

    Broken begins with an instrumental opening, Pinion, which is a great lead into Wish, the song that earned Reznor a grammy. Then comes Last, one of the greatest metal songs ever written. Help Me I Am In Hell, a peaceful yet depressing minute long instrumental, is a break from the assault. Immediately following it is the angriest song on the album, Happiness In Slavery. My personal favorite, Gave Up, ends the album displaying a show of grief and failure.

    There are two hidden tracks, Physical and Suck, both of which are great, but don't stand out compared to the main songs. Broken is short...only six songs and two instrumentals long, but what it lacks in length it makes up in lasting appeal and quality. This album is like a collection of singles, and each track will never get old. It's a great way to release anger and an outlet for inner torment.

    Broken does, however, differ greatly from other Nine Inch Nails albums, especially Pretty Hate Machine. If you fell in love with PHM's techno sound, this assault might come as a surprise. Needless to say though, if you're a Nine Inch Nails fan you must own this amazing EP. This is a step forward in the evolution of the greatest band (or musician I should say) of the 90's.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Do not operate heavy machinery while listening...
    What do you get when you give a very angry, very talented man a few months alone in a studio with some assorted musical instruments? If the angry, talented man is Trent Reznor, you get a masterpiece. Mr. Reznor's second effort is a brain-reeling trip through the deepest, darkest thoughts of one pissed off man and his guitar. The lyrics aren't just angry teenage deathwishes, either. While overflowing with rage, the lyrics are also thoughtful and introspective, such as the chorus from "Wish", which includes the line "Wish there was something real/Wish there was something true/Wish there was something real/In this world full of you." Track 6, "Gave Up" (My personal favorite), sees Trent reflecting on a personal dilemma from the past, and how he, as the title suggests, gave up his fight. Listed on the back of the album are only six songs, however, tracks 98 and 99 are a grinding cover of Adam Ant's "Physical" and a spiteful attack on Jesus titled "Suck", respectively. Yes, only eight tracks, but eight beautifully dysfunctional (or typically Reznorian, whichever you prefer) tracks guaranteed to send your senses on a contorted roller-coaster ride straight to Hell.

    5-0 out of 5 stars OMG
    oh the rage...oh the rage....when your record company upsets you..

    what do you do..
    put the swerve on em

    standouts: wish, happiness in slavery ... Read more

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    The Fragile
    Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
    Audio CD (21 September, 1999)
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    Trent Reznor took five years to record this monstrous double-CD set, wielding a perfectionist's touch in the production and the subtlety of a chainsaw in the musicianship. The result is uncompromising, full of hysterical noise and yet utterly accessible. Somehow, someway, this is one of the best pop records of the year. --Matthew Cooke ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars broken before it's out of the box...
    It took Trent Reznor five years to realize his prominence within the mainstream rock scene had stagnated, and his limited range had become predictable. At one time, the mainstream hack presses lauded him as "the savior of rock n'roll," a tag that's a bit extreme considering his music has and continues to rip off superior artists that have been forgotten in this attention-deficit era (Ministry? Skinny Puppy? Who are THEY?).

    For an album that's 2 discs and 100 minutes long, "The Fragile" is a surprisingly hollow amalgam of ambiguous music and the usual, vague, self-loathing lyrics (although it's closer to self-pity) that now, more than ever, feel phony and contrived. Isn't it obvious that Reznor is pandering to the same unproductive black-clad Goths that bought his previous albums? (And I'll admit, "The Downward Spiral" is a masterpiece.)

    Tool had a similar 5-year absence from the spotlight, and upon initial inspection, "Lateralus" was disagreeable and pretentious, but upon repeated listens turned out to be complex, intelligent, and satisfying (I was admittedly a harsh judge of their return.) "The Fragile," however, is nearly 3 years old and I can't transcend my indifference toward it--yes, there are some good songs ('Somewhat Damaged,' 'The Great Below,' 'Where is Everybody?' and several others), but most of the album is mellow, directionless pulp. Reznor's music would be far more exceptional if his lyrical palatte were more diverse.

    To hear "The Fragile" without actually listening to it, all you have to imagine is Pink Floyd's "The Wall," minus the social, political, and religious commentary. What you're ultimately left with is the bloated bastard child of Trent Reznor's five-year vacation.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but could use a little trimming
    There seems to be two main schools of thought to The Fragile. Many praise it for it's gargantuan scope, immaculately crafted music and soundscapes, and polished production. Many others feel the album is too over-indulgent, and that it gets lost in a sea of texture and instrumentals. I agree with both. All of NIN's musical and lyrical themes have matured in the five years since The Downward Spiral. Trent Reznor's magnificent compositional and atmospherical gifts are candy for the ears; however, at times they are used to mask sub-par songwriting. Some tracks on this album are gold. "Somewhat Damaged" is a primitive hard rocker, with a more organic feel of acoutic guitars contrasting the record's focus on electronics. "The Day The World Went Away" is beautiful, and one of the few ballads in the band's repitoire. "The Wretched" bends pulsating techno-metal through a haunting filter. "The Fragile" askews Reznor's normal lyrics about loathing and sadness in favor of an extremely positive message. The first disc ends with the beautifully serene "The Great Below", and the second disc pciks right back up with the fuzz-soaked rocker "The Way Out Is Through", the amazingly well written "Into The Void", and the rap-influenced "Where Is Everybody?". "I'm Looking Forward To Joining You, Finally" practically sounds like "Piggy", Pt. 2. As far as the instrumentals go, some are a waste of time, but there are some good ones. "The Frail" is a simple piano piece, "Complication" is a amped-up techno track, "The Mark Has Been Made" is subdued ambience, and the album-closing "Ripe (With Decay) is vintage Nine Inch Nails eerieness. There are some instrumentals and even full-fledged songs that seem to just take up space, making this one of the few NIN albums that I tend to skip through. Still, the good more than outweighs the bad, and the album contains the most polished and mature music the band has ever crafted.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a musical masterpeice
    Trent Reznor is an extremely talented singer and song writer. His writing is perfect, music is mezmerizing and wonderfully crafted. He has a message that should be heard: the world is not all daisys and fairytales. In my opinion, his music is not intended for the mainstream pop culture. It is simply intended to tell a story that in in is mind. The music has an appeal to the deepest parts of the soul. In my opinion, this is the perfect album to sit back and reassess the thoughts and views of such a horrible time we live in. ... Read more

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