Can a Happy Trent Reznor Write Good NIN Songs?

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Era: 1999-2007

Nine Inch Nails albums: The Fragile, With Teeth, a couple crappy remix albums (Halos 13-22)

Other notable work: "We Want It All," a collaboration with Zach de la Rocha on the album Songs and Artists that Inspired Fahrenheit 9/11.

Song titles: "Even Deeper," "Into the Void," "Starfuckers, Inc.," "The Hand that Feeds," "Every Day Is Exactly the Same"

Common words in songs: you, just me, away, where, know Representative music video:

Oh, it turns out the woman is Marilyn Manson! Nice twist, M. Night Shyamalan!

Anger level (out of 100): 70. Reznor brings some melody to his depressing beats, making this era a little happier.

Era: 2007-2008

Nine Inch Nails albums: Year Zero, Ghosts I-IV, The Slip and--you're not going to believe this--another remix album (Halos 23-27)

Other notable work: Closely worked with Saul Williams on The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!

Song titles: "HYPERPOWER," "Meet Your Master," "Another Version of the Truth," "The Four of Us Are Dying," and then Ghosts I-IV doesn't even have any song titles.

Common words in songs: you, your, what, just, need

Representative music video:

This is the only one NIN released during this time period.

Anger level (out of 100): 55. Year Zero is a concept album about a dystopian future. It sounds suspiciously like Reznor's dystopian present, but he's trying.

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Jason Goad
Jason Goad

Huge fan for a long time. Enjoying the new music and tour. However I wouldn't trade the memories of Trent destroying keyboards at Woodstock.

Julia Nelson
Julia Nelson

if american horror story theme is any indication then YES. also just because someone is happy doesn't mean they are not sad. JK;)

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

He should have tried that back when he first started.

Rick Bodnar
Rick Bodnar

Ozzy.... " It's no fun being Sober. "

Kelly Brantley Hagerty
Kelly Brantley Hagerty

This isn't the first album to come along since he's been sober. With Teeth, Year Zero, The Slip, Ghosts I-IV.... Lots of good stuff contained in there.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

his wife is so smoking hot i'm surprised he even wants to leave the house.

Jay Binder
Jay Binder

I think guy's like Trent are talented and will write and perform top notch material BUT there just something about being young, pissed off, dirt broke that you cannot recreate when your older, happy and have income. It's for a time and it's been captured for us to hear whenever we want.

Jamie Jordan
Jamie Jordan

I saw his shows in the 90's and then again this month...In my opinion, he has the same grit, he's just matured and fine-tuned it. Who wants to be the exact same as they were 20 years ago? If he was, people would bash him for being a has-been. But, just my opinion:) I love his work! I think he has always been one if the best artists out there.

Tami Jolly-Bollinger
Tami Jolly-Bollinger

I don't think the new stuff is nearly as good as what he wrote in the early 90s. Not saying it's bad just not as good.

Mike McElhiney
Mike McElhiney

I miss the fragile and older albums. I love the new stuff, but just missing that pissed off edge

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