Trent Reznor has had a battle with his old record company since going independent back in 2008. Ghosts, The Slip, and his new project How To Destroy Angels, were all critically well received by critics, but a majority of his fan base splits in different directions in regards to his works since 2005’s With Teeth album. He recently acquired the rights to his first album “Pretty Hate Machine” which dates back to 1989. He used to work as a janitor in a record studio, and he talked the owner into letting him use some of the recording equipment, and this was the result. The birth of Nine Inch Nails, and one of the most highly regarded industrial albums to surface.
This album is also a favorite of mine, from the concept to the inception. The songs are very dark, and the electronics are pulsing. I need not to review the 1989 classic album, however I do want to bring attention to the new updated remaster of Pretty Hate Machine which was finally released to the masses this past Tuesday.
Most people tend to have negative opinions about remastered albums, I don’t really understand why. It just depends on what your way of listening to music is. Sometimes when musicians make albums, especially when this was Trent Reznor’s first album as Nine Inch Nails, people become used to hearing the tracks a certain way. Most of the time, it’s usually just the vocals, bass, and drums which are most attended to by average music listeners. With the 2010 Remastered version of Pretty Hate Machine, Reznor wanted to bring the small details in the tracks, from the analog electronic instrumentation to the gloomy pads, and clicks of the drum machines into the forefront in today’s electronic music age. The result sounds downright gorgeous. The vocals have also been cleaned up, and the bass is much punchier and less muddy. All the tracks really shine with the production, particularly Down In It, Sin, Ringfinger, and Head Like A Hole. There is also a new unreleased track called “Get Down, Make Love” which sounds quite dated for Reznor now a days, but makes a nice addition to this remastered treat to bring a little more closure on this industrial classic.
So I just want to make it clear, that sometimes it is perfectly good to hear a remastering of a classic album, particularly if it is put in high quality or surround sound. Reznor is a firm believer of lossless audio, and quality sounds, which makes his music sound so cutting edge. He’s one of the few in the electronic music scene that can preach longevity and also remain on top with cutting edge sounds and innovative live shows.
So yes, I would advise purchasing this album on CD, so you can have the option of exporting the audio into iTunes as an Apple Lossless Audio file. For this record sound quality is tip top, and you will be pleased to hear real hi-fi audio in action. I was up above it, but now I’m down in it!
Nine Inch Nails- Ringfinger (Remastered)
Check out the website for Pretty Hate Machine on nin.com!