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Broken
     

Broken

4.7 11
by Nine Inch Nails
 

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During the time that Pretty Hate Machine was becoming an underground sensation, Trent Reznor became embroiled in legal difficulties with his label that prevented the release of any new Nine Inch Nails material. But the three-year wait actually helped -- most of NIN's fans were relatively recent converts, and they eagerly snapped up

Overview

During the time that Pretty Hate Machine was becoming an underground sensation, Trent Reznor became embroiled in legal difficulties with his label that prevented the release of any new Nine Inch Nails material. But the three-year wait actually helped -- most of NIN's fans were relatively recent converts, and they eagerly snapped up 1992's Broken, which afforded the already angst-ridden Reznor the opportunity to vent his ample frustration over the imbroglio. Where Pretty Hate Machine had a few moments of reflection and sardonic humor, Broken is a concentrated blast of caustic, naked rage. Given how draining it is, a full-length album in its style would unquestionably have been wearisome, even self-parodic. So, Broken is the rare EP that's conceptually focused and complete unto itself. Production-wise, it's also a step up from Pretty Hate Machine, and a showcase for Reznor's flowering studio acumen. While Pretty Hate Machine was primarily electronic, Broken is loaded with heavy, jagged guitars, processed through a veritable meat grinder of effects into a massive wall of distortion. Each song one-ups the viciousness of its predecessor; even the two relatively subdued instrumental interludes are full of abrasive textures. There are two hidden bonus cuts at the end of the CD (early pressings had them on a separate disc); they're neither as produced nor as intense, and thus separated conceptually as well as physically. The cover of Adam Ant's "(You're So) Physical" was something of a revelation -- not just demonstrating Reznor's fondness for new wave, but serving as a touchstone for his self-conscious, glammed-up sense of style. That -- and his skills as a producer and arranger -- would reach their fullest realization on The Downward Spiral, but Broken's tight focus and frothing intensity make it a major work in its own right.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/1992
Label:
Nothing
UPC:
0606949221324
catalogNumber:
92213
Rank:
8564

Tracks

  1. Pinion
  2. Wish
  3. Last
  4. Help Me I Am in Hell
  5. Happiness in Slavery
  6. Gave Up
  7. [Silence]
  8. [Silence]
  9. [Silence]
  10. [Silence]
  11. [Silence]
  12. [Silence]
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  96. [Silence]
  97. [Silence]
  98. Physical (You're So)
  99. Suck

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Broken 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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A blazing, distorted fireball of self destructive rage. Broken is a forceful example of the peak of mental anguish's lowest moment. Absolute brilliance. To this day Broken, and it's counterpart EP Fixed, stand as the peak of Reznor's work. While his later releases would also be amazing in their own right, they did not have the mentally explosive impact Broken had.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first glance of this album, everyone thinks the same thing: wow, this is short! But great albums are great albums no matter what length. Usually many great albums are just short of classic because of excess tracks that take away from the albums greatness. The album starts out on such a hard level with an awesome guitar riff that shows Trent Reznor can jam on any instrument he chooses. The album goes on an all out assault of the ear drum until the second instrumental calms the listener down until the hardest song on the album follows, getting the energy back up. This album may not be the best of Nine Inch Nails' work (don't let that take away from it's greatness) it could easily be the zenith of any other musicians career. 5 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the album is good, and not supposed to be the length of a regular cd! It was intended to be an EP, and it is actually pretty lengthy for an EP at that, ironically. Plus, its not 6 tracks dude, keep listening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. Angry. Intelligent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Broken is a Great NIN album but I think there wasn't enough tracks on there. I mean it was like only 33 minutes and when youre a big fan of a group you want more than just 6 songs right? That's the only reason I gave it only 4 stars BUT IT WAS STILL GOOD THOUGH.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first sentence of Winston Smith’s review (a blazing, distorted fireball of self destructive rage) together with “a blast of destruction” (I think Trent Reznor’s own words) are the best descriptions of Broken I have ever read. This remains my favorite Nine Inch Nails record. The Downward Spiral is a masterpiece, but this is the one that started it all. Buy it right away!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just to clear up any confusion: one of the above reviews makes quite a silly and rather pointless point. "Great album but not enough songs." The length of Broken would of course be on the shorter end of things, seeing as how it was released as an EP, not an album. Oh well. However, it stands alone as a piece of work very well indeed. Broken is violent, sexual, and angry, and musically very interesting. I find that every time I hear it, I notice something new about it or a layer to the music that I didn't even know existed. Excellent, excellent stuff.
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