Can a Happy Trent Reznor Write Good NIN Songs?

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Era: 2009-2013

Nine Inch Nails albums: None

Other notable work: The post-industrial (or whatever) band How to Destroy Angels -- a reference to a Coil song -- put out a few EPs and an album; Reznor and Atticus Ross scored The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, winning an Oscar for the former.

Song titles: "The Wake Up," "Keep It Together," "Welcome Oblivion"

Common words in songs: away, fade, you, little, keep

Representative music video:

A simple studio video!

Anger level (out of 100): 43. Reznor's getting so upbeat. His new band is so laid-back it even played both weekends of Coachella.

Era: 2013

Nine Inch Nails albums: Hesitation Marks (Halo 28)

Other notable work: A collaboration with Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics

Song titles: "Copy of A," "Came Back Haunted," "Everything"

Common words in songs: you, just, what, copy, back

Representative music video:

Reznor finally makes another weird video, but classes it up by getting David Lynch to direct it.

Anger level (out of 100): 13. It's not like NIN has released "Walkin' on Sunshine," but this is Trent Reznor at his happiest.

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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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