Pretty Hate Machine [2010 Remaster]

Pretty Hate Machine [2010 Remaster]

5.0 3
by Nine Inch Nails
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Virtually ignored upon its 1989 release, Pretty Hate Machine gradually became a word-of-mouth cult favorite; despite frequent critical bashings, its stature and historical importance only grew in hindsight. In addition to its stealthy rise to prominence, part of the album's legend was that budding auteur Trent Reznor took advantage of his low-level job at aSee more details below

Overview

Virtually ignored upon its 1989 release, Pretty Hate Machine gradually became a word-of-mouth cult favorite; despite frequent critical bashings, its stature and historical importance only grew in hindsight. In addition to its stealthy rise to prominence, part of the album's legend was that budding auteur Trent Reznor took advantage of his low-level job at a Cleveland studio to begin recording it. Reznor had a background in synth pop, and the vast majority of Pretty Hate Machine was electronic. Synths voiced all the main riffs, driven by pounding drum machines; distorted guitars were an important textural element, but not the primary focus. Pretty Hate Machine was something unique in industrial music -- certainly no one else was attempting the balladry of "Something I Can Never Have," but the crucial difference was even simpler. Instead of numbing the listener with mechanical repetition, Pretty Hate Machine's bleak electronics were subordinate to catchy riffs and verse-chorus song structures, which was why it built such a rabid following with so little publicity. That innovation was the most important step in bringing industrial music to a wide audience, as proven by the frequency with which late-'90s alternative metal bands copied NIN's interwoven guitar/synth textures. It was a new soundtrack for adolescent angst -- noisily aggressive and coldly detached, tied together by a dominant personality. Reznor's tortured confusion and self-obsession gave industrial music a human voice, a point of connection. His lyrics were filled with betrayal, whether by lovers, society, or God; it was essentially the sound of childhood illusions shattering, and Reznor was not taking it lying down. Plus, the absolute dichotomies in his world -- there was either purity and perfection, or depravity and worthlessness -- made for smashing melodrama. Perhaps the greatest achievement of Pretty Hate Machine was that it brought emotional extravagance to a genre whose main theme had nearly always been dehumanization. [A 2010 remastering included an unearthing of the original master tapes, overseen by Reznor and engineer Tom Baker (the latter a frequent collaborator), plus the addition of a bonus track, Reznor's cover of Queen's "Get Down Make Love" (originally on the single for "Sin").]

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2010
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0602527567730
catalogNumber:
001509902
Rank:
25654

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nine Inch Nails   Primary Artist
Trent Reznor   Group Member

Technical Credits

Freddie Mercury   Composer
Keith LeBlanc   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Doug DeAngelis   Engineer
John Fryer   Producer,Engineer
Kennan Keating   Engineer
Hypo Luxa   Producer
Trent Reznor   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Adrian Sherwood   Producer,Engineer
Sean Beavan   Engineer
Ken Quartarone   Engineer
Rob Sheridan   Art Direction
Jeff Newell   Engineer
Alien Jourgensen   Engineer
Tom Baker   Mastering

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >