“Strobelight” by Nine Inch Nails

Album: Strobelight
Artist: Nine Inch Nails

In a surprise release, Trent Reznor has unleashed his latest album today. Strobelight marks another change in Nine Inch Nails’ sound, bringing onboard Timbaland for production duties. No doubt Reznor heard Chris Cornell’s fantastic album Scream and decided to repeat Cornell’s wise decision. And it pays off. Trent’s heavy industrial asthetics give way to poppy soundscapes and in-the-red compression giving the music a texture just like everything else out there. The list of special guests is mighty impressive. You’ll find musical geniuses such as Bono, Sheryl Crow, Justin Timberlake, and Manyard James Keenan. The latter of which gives us a glimpse into what the supergroup Tapeworm may have been like. And to be honest? I think Justin Timberlake would be better off in that project. Get on it, boys!

Trent goes all out letting his inner rap-ist emerge. He even pays tribute to our lord and master, Kanye West, on the cover of the album. The lyrics are hard-hitting and leave Saul Williams’ shitty album NiggyTardust! in the dust. He fires off carelessly crafted sentences, bringing together his young Pennsylvanian upbringing to the top. “Nowhere near Philadelphia/Born and Raised/Crusin down to the K-mart/Doo Doo Brown” starts off the track “Black T-shirt”. And it is all fine tuned and delivered at such a rapid rate and doused in auto-tune you’ll need to look up the lyrics online!

Strobelight is a positive new direction for Nine Inch Nails, who were nothing but a bunch of nobodies who kept stubbornly putting out unoriginal, trite albums for over 15 years. And finally, we have Trent’s true entrance into the music world.

Welcome home, Trent.

Strobelight is available now.

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