BN.com Gift Guide

Broken [Explicit Lyrics]

( 11 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 ...
See more details below
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (9) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $2.99   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1992
  • Label: Nothing
  • UPC: 606949221324
  • Catalog Number: 92213
  • Sales rank: 26,473

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pinion (1:03)
  2. 2 Wish (3:46)
  3. 3 Last (4:44)
  4. 4 Help Me I Am in Hell (1:56)
  5. 5 Happiness in Slavery (5:21)
  6. 6 Gave Up (4:08)
  7. 7 [Silence] (0:01)
  8. 8 [Silence] (0:01)
  9. 9 [Silence] (0:01)
  10. 10 [Silence] (0:01)
  11. 11 [Silence] (0:01)
  12. 12 [Silence] (0:01)
  13. 13 [Silence] (0:01)
  14. 14 [Silence] (0:01)
  15. 15 [Silence] (0:01)
  16. 16 [Silence] (0:01)
  17. 17 [Silence] (0:01)
  18. 18 [Silence] (0:01)
  19. 19 [Silence] (0:01)
  20. 20 [Silence] (0:01)
  21. 21 [Silence] (0:01)
  22. 22 [Silence] (0:01)
  23. 23 [Silence] (0:01)
  24. 24 [Silence] (0:01)
  25. 25 [Silence] (0:01)
  26. 26 [Silence] (0:01)
  27. 27 [Silence] (0:01)
  28. 28 [Silence] (0:01)
  29. 29 [Silence] (0:01)
  30. 30 [Silence] (0:01)
  31. 31 [Silence] (0:01)
  32. 32 [Silence] (0:01)
  33. 33 [Silence] (0:01)
  34. 34 [Silence] (0:01)
  35. 35 [Silence] (0:01)
  36. 36 [Silence] (0:01)
  37. 37 [Silence] (0:01)
  38. 38 [Silence] (0:01)
  39. 39 [Silence] (0:01)
  40. 40 [Silence] (0:01)
  41. 41 [Silence] (0:01)
  42. 42 [Silence] (0:01)
  43. 43 [Silence] (0:01)
  44. 44 [Silence] (0:01)
  45. 45 [Silence] (0:01)
  46. 46 [Silence] (0:01)
  47. 47 [Silence] (0:01)
  48. 48 [Silence] (0:01)
  49. 49 [Silence] (0:01)
  50. 50 [Silence] (0:01)
  51. 51 [Silence] (0:01)
  52. 52 [Silence] (0:01)
  53. 53 [Silence] (0:01)
  54. 54 [Silence] (0:01)
  55. 55 [Silence] (0:01)
  56. 56 [Silence] (0:01)
  57. 57 [Silence] (0:01)
  58. 58 [Silence] (0:01)
  59. 59 [Silence] (0:01)
  60. 60 [Silence] (0:01)
  61. 61 [Silence] (0:01)
  62. 62 [Silence] (0:01)
  63. 63 [Silence] (0:01)
  64. 64 [Silence] (0:01)
  65. 65 [Silence] (0:01)
  66. 66 [Silence] (0:01)
  67. 67 [Silence] (0:01)
  68. 68 [Silence] (0:01)
  69. 69 [Silence] (0:01)
  70. 70 [Silence] (0:01)
  71. 71 [Silence] (0:01)
  72. 72 [Silence] (0:01)
  73. 73 [Silence] (0:01)
  74. 74 [Silence] (0:01)
  75. 75 [Silence] (0:01)
  76. 76 [Silence] (0:01)
  77. 77 [Silence] (0:01)
  78. 78 [Silence] (0:01)
  79. 79 [Silence] (0:01)
  80. 80 [Silence] (0:01)
  81. 81 [Silence] (0:01)
  82. 82 [Silence] (0:01)
  83. 83 [Silence] (0:01)
  84. 84 [Silence] (0:01)
  85. 85 [Silence] (0:01)
  86. 86 [Silence] (0:01)
  87. 87 [Silence] (0:01)
  88. 88 [Silence] (0:01)
  89. 89 [Silence] (0:01)
  90. 90 [Silence] (0:01)
  91. 91 [Silence] (0:01)
  92. 92 [Silence] (0:01)
  93. 93 [Silence] (0:01)
  94. 94 [Silence] (0:01)
  95. 95 [Silence] (0:01)
  96. 96 [Silence] (0:01)
  97. 97 [Silence] (0:01)
  98. 98 Physical (You're So) (5:29)
  99. 99 Suck (5:07)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nine Inch Nails Primary Artist
Martin Atkins Drums
Trent Reznor Keyboards
Chris Vrenna Drums
Technical Credits
Adam Ant Composer
Martin Atkins Composer
Paul Barker Composer
Trent Reznor Composer, Programming, Producer
Bill Rieflin Composer
Chris Vrenna Programming, beats, Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 11 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(8)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 11 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential

    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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Typical Trent Reznor.... BRILLIANT

    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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    perfection

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A GOOD EP

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hmmmm

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album , but not enough songs

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellence

    Brilliant. Angry. Intelligent.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 11 Customer Reviews