Nine Inch Nails fans rejoice as “Hesitation Marks” gets leaked a week early. It is available on iTunes for free streaming before the official release on Sept. 3, 2013. Check out the NIN Website for details. We all know “Came Back Haunted” is the hit single on that album. What about the other tracks? Here’s this writer’s synopsis:
“The Eater of Dreams” is just a standard intro tune with weird noises to set the mood. The next song is where the fun starts. Spin Magazine says “The concept of “a copy of a copy” is somewhat quaint in a time when digital files can be copied limitlessly without any discernible drop in quality. That underlying irony helps drive ‘Copy of A,’ the second studio track to emerge from Nine Inch Nails’ upcoming Hesitation Marks and a song the band has used to open recent live sets.” It can also be linked to “Fight Club” as a reference to this quote from the book/movie: “With insomnia, nothing’s real. Everything’s far away. Everything’s a copy of a copy of a copy.” As for this writer’s opinion? The lyrics mention “Everything I say has come before…;” this is reminiscent of the struggle all artists have with trying to be original and creative despite centuries of similar subject matter. Creative minds look to the past for inspiration, but must make new art works and make it their own. Overall, the song “Copy of A” is most likely about a struggle for identity in some form or another.
The known single “Came Back Haunted” is the third track on the album. There is already a music video for this song, complete with a epileptic seizure warning. I think we can all relate to Trent Reznor’s lyrics “I don’t believe it. I had to see it. I came back haunted.” Our experiences can often change us in profound ways and there are consequences for certain actions.
The fourth track is “Find My Way.” The title speaks for itself. It is about a metaphorical path. Next up is “All Time Low.” “Disappointed” is the sixth track, speaking about such themes as trust and lying.
Nine Inch Nails is known for being under the genre of industrial rock with dark, brooding subject matter. In fact, Wikipedia says: “Lyrical themes found in Nine Inch Nails songs are largely concerned with dark explorations of the self ranging from religion, greed, sex, fame, addiction, self-deception, regret, nihilism, and occasionally politics…” Keeping that in mind, the song “Everything” is jarring to the senses for any Nine Inch Nails fan. It’s somewhat pop-like in it’s upbeat words and rhythm. Basically, the lyrics talk about surviving and thriving despite many obstacles.
The rest of the album is as follows: “Satellite,” “Various Methods of Escape,” “Running,” “I Would For You,” “In Two,” “While I’m Still Here,” and “Black Noise.” One may wonder if Trent Reznor was inspired by Battlestar Galactica when he wrote the lyrics for “I Would For You:”
Didn’t it seem like something more
So long I can’t remember when
All this has happened all before
And this has happened all again
And I only have myself to blame
Actually, this is based on a philosophy called Eternal Return and has been a thought around since ancient times.
Listen to the album and experience it for yourself. Nine Inch Nails will be touring this fall. In Boston, they will be playing with Black Emperor on Oct. 11, 2013 at the TD Garden. You can get tickets via ticketmaster. Nine Inch Nails will also be touring with Explosions In The Sky, however, not in Boston.
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