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The album I couldn't live without: The Fragile

BRANNAN NEW
Last updated 05:00 22/11/2012
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HATE WITH BLISS: Nine Inch Nails creator and frontman Trent Reznor.

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If I was told there is only one album I could ever listen to again in my whole life, the answer would be simple. I would undoubtedly choose Nine Inch Nails' The Fragile.

The reason I look upon this album as the greatest is that it showed me I'm not alone or so messed up. Trent Reznor was extremely isolated and in a state of self-destruction when he wrote this album, and I felt I was exactly that when I discovered it two years ago.

It also had one of the most varying sounds from song to song, with the ability to seamlessly transition from The Frail, an instrumental, down-tempo, quiet piano piece, into The Wretched, a faster-paced, heavily distorted song. This differentiating sound shows that Reznor found not only hate and fear in himself, but bliss and happiness too, which, in my eyes, shows more sincerity than if it was just another album full of an angry white boy screaming.

My final reason for naming this my album I couldn't live without is that the 90s represents a time that I should've embraced more. I spent my entire childhood wanting to grow up faster, only to miss some of the great works that surrounded me at the time. To me, the 90s was the last age of music that actually meant anything, with Guns N' Roses, the Smashing Pumpkins and RATM all calling it quits within 1999, the year The Fragile was released, so that year poses great significance to me.


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