CD Review – Nine Inch Nails: Hesitation Marks

Michelle Boltz, [email protected], senior mass media major

Hesitation Marks, the latest CD from Nine Inch Nails, was released in stores September 3. Trent Reznor and company don’t fail to dazzle their fans with their trance-like techno that makes their music stand out alone in greatness. Hesitation Marks is considered to be their “out of retirement” release since their last tour in 2008 with their album “The Slip.”

Some of my personal favorites from Hesitation Marks include “Copy of A,” “Satellite” and “Various Methods of Escape.”

On Hesitation Marks, Lindsey Buckingham (Originally in Fleetwood Mac as well as a solo recording artist) was a guest guitarist for “Copy of A,” “In Two” and “While I’m Still Here.” “While I’m Still Here” also contains portions of “Weary Blues From Waiting” by Hank Williams Sr.

A recent article from the Rolling Stone website revealed that Nine Inch Nails had an installment in Vero’s “Tour Exposed” documentary series, where NIN fans can get an inside look of how it all came together. NIN has already hit a handful of festivals so far this year, including Loolapalooza and Outside Lands.

On engadget.com, writer Billy Steele wrote about how NIN puts Kinnect (from XBox 360) and various other gadgets to use on festival tour, that handles motion tracking with captured movements projected onto a handful of mobile screens.

Between 2008 and 2013, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor wrote two scores with bandmate Atticus Ross for “The Social Network,” as well as for “Girl With A Dragon Tattoo.” In the “The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo” soundtrack, Reznor sang a duet with Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Immigrant Song,” originally sang by Led Zeppelin. He also did “Is Your Love Strong Enough?” as originally done by Coil.

In August 2010, Reznor started a side project with his wife Mariqueen Maandig Reznor (who does lead vocals), as well as Atticus Ross, Rob Sheridan and Alessandro Cortini. The band is called How To Destroy Angels. To see more about the band, go to their website at www.howtodestroyangels.com.

Nine Inch Nails is currently on tour. They will be at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. on September 30 and at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo. on October 1. To see more of NIN’s other tour dates, locations and complete discography, visit www.nin.com.