Written By Braddon S. Williams
NINE INCH NAILS: THE FRAGILE
I must confess…Trent Reznor can do very little wrong in my humble opinion. Having said that, I can still tell when he hits on all cylinders and creates a masterpiece.
Such a work is The Fragile (1999), a double album of sonic majesty and despair to rival Pink Floyd’s The Wall.
I’m not going to attempt to compare the two, but just wanted to set the tone that Trent didn’t exactly go to his happy place for inspiration.
The textures and atmosphere are nearly suffocating throughout large portions of this album but there is immense beauty, too. Some of it will rock your face off as well.
Basically functioning as a continuation of The Downward Spiral, Reznor took more time and space to do what he does best; create a musical landscape to mirror a tortured soul.
A small army of musicians and technicians contributed to the making of The Fragile, but Nine Inch Nails is, and always has been, Trent Reznor as the primary creative force.
I can’t even break this one down into favorite songs, because it is so well conceived as a continuous piece of music that it practically demands to be played (loudly) in sequence (preferably through a good set of headphones).