Pretty Hate Machine

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/3/2008
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • EAN: 4988005537584
  • Catalog Number: 91219

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Head Like a Hole (5:00)
  2. 2 Terrible Lie (4:38)
  3. 3 Down in It (3:46)
  4. 4 Sanctified (5:48)
  5. 5 Something I Can Never Have (5:54)
  6. 6 Kinda I Want To (4:33)
  7. 7 Sin (4:06)
  8. 8 That's What I Get (4:30)
  9. 9 The Only Time (4:48)
  10. 10 Ringfinger (5:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nine Inch Nails Primary Artist
Trent Reznor Track Performer, Group Member
Richard Patrick Guitar
Technical Credits
Keith LeBlanc Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Doug d'Angelis Engineer
Doug DeAngelis Engineer
Flood Programming, Producer, Engineer
John Fryer Producer, Engineer
Kennan Keating Engineer
Trent Reznor Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Continuity
Adrian Sherwood Producer, Engineer
Tony Dawsey Mastering
Ken Quartarone Engineer
Chris Vrenna Programming, Digital Editing, Continuity
Gary Talpas Liner Notes, Cover Design
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I loved this cd,the songs were definitely not mediocre,and it had a very unique/original sound to it.'Down in it' is one of the best songs,in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yummy .....

    This is some stuff you can eat up. I know its cleaned my plate more than a few times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Seriously...

    This is the best techno/rock album ever. First of all, this cd has like 3 of their hits on it. And, every song after that is awesome and catchy. It is a great, emotional cd. I like "That's what I get," and "Ringfinger" the best. Personally, I think that the downward spiral was one of their worst.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    probably the best techno album there is

    a cult classic. unique and highly recomended by me. (whoever it is that i am) all the instruments on this album blend together to make a great sound. sort of halloweenish i think. its awesome. Trent raznor is a genius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heartbreak heaven

    If you have had a girl leave you for another guy you will feel right at home with this album. Living in misery has never sounded so good. Feel the pain, it is so bittersweet.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Allright....could be better.

    This album is allright it's not as heavy as the other albums. The lyrics are very well written though where is the Nine Inch nails that wrote such great songs like The Becoming and Reptile and we can't forget about the ever popular closer can we? I bought this album Intending on Hearing some very true industrial music but instead I got some synth pop and Techno. Well friends please if you wanna hear some real industrial metal with blazing guitars and weird sond effects I would rather go for Ministry [The Mind is a Terrible Thing To Taste]-[aka the same album that launched Pigface's carrer into the Ninties and futher]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    always come back to the good stuff

    Its intensity will put you in a pyschological spinwheel. Very powerful. My favorite, head like a hole.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NIN - PRETTY HATE MACHINE

    one amazing album, yet again from the gods of industrial, Nine Inch Nails ! trent Reznor, one hell of a god, with a brilliant talent of amazing music, this album is just one of others that shows trents real talent, if you dont respect this, dont mock it !, but if you dont like it, let me tell you know, you dont have a taste in good music

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pretty Hate Machine Is The Greatest

    Pretty Hate Machine is the greatest album ever made by Nine Inch Nails and any other band. The song ''Down In It'' is my personal favorite and I would recomend this album for everybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An older NIIN: aged to perfection.

    Despite the date '1989', which surprised me the first time I listened to Pretty Hate Machine, Trent Reznor is ahead of his time with this album. From the strong 'Head Like a Hole' to the calmer 'Something I Can Never Have' Pretty Hate Machine is a view into Trent's musical soul.

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    Posted August 19, 2009

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