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That Trent Reznor is still making records — and good ones, at that — is a kind of miracle. Fifteen years ago, the odds were handily stacked against him. If he didn't off himself — which, in 1994, seemed like a terrifyingly real possibility — changing times would handle that task for him. Reznor had the good fortune to be dubbed dark prince of industrial, a movement that was bound to lose mass attention once people noticed the sartorial requirements. Don't believe me? Can you tell me what Nitzer Ebb or KMFDM have been up to lately?
Trent, though, is a whole other story. Rather than disappearing darkly into that dark dark (dark) night, he instead transcended silly genre clichés and made records that were complex and intricate and nuanced — even if all those nuances were just varying shades of black. The Slip is his sixth full-length (not counting the instrumental collection Ghosts I-IV), and it continues his fierce and determined plunge into the void. Reznor long ago abandoned the sculpted beauty of The Downward Spiral, preferring instead to make records that sound like shaking fists. The songs on The Slip have the same fierce rattle as Reznor's last few… read more »