|nine inch nails: the fragile [halo 14]:||official tracklisting|
|disc one:||disc two:|
|1. somewhat damaged (4:33)||1. the way out is through... (4:19)|
|2. the day the world went away (4:33)||2. into the void (4:49)|
|3. the frail (1:54)||3. where is everybody? (5:13)|
|4. the wretched (5:25)||4. the mark has been made (5:11)|
|5. we're in this together (7:16)||5. please (4:01)|
|6. the fragile (4:35)||6. starfuckers, inc. (5:00)|
|7. just like you imagined (3:49)||7. complication (2:30)|
|8. even deeper (5:47)||8. i'm looking forward to joining you, finally (4:13)|
|9. pilgrimage (3:31)||9. the big come down (4:12)|
|10. no, you don't (3:35)||10. underneath it all (2:46)|
|11. la mer (4:37)||11. ripe (with decay) (6:34)|
|12. the great below (5:17)|
|Total tracks: 23||
Total time: 1:44:04
some notes on this tracklisting:
early rumors of one disc being instrumental and the other having lyrics have been pretty much dismissed. already known vocal tracks like “the day the world went away” and “starfuckers, inc.” are on separate discs, thereby dismissing the theory. it would be foolish to do it that way anyway because the album would lose its solidity. plus, an all instrumental disc could be boring to listen to. trent definitely knows how to mix instrumentals and lyrical tracks. having two mixed discs would only add to the concept albums he is known for.
speaking of “starfuckers, inc.”, that was the b-side to “the day the world went away”. trent reznor has never put a b-side on an album with the exception of “big man with a gun” on the downward spiral. however, that was only on the import release of the “march of the pigs” cd-single; the american release did not contain the track. i personally have my doubts that “starfuckers, inc.” will be on the new album. it has already been released in america and it most likely does not fit into the concept of the new album, which is rumored to be very mature and serious. “starfuckers, inc.” is a very cynical, tongue-in-cheek hard rock track that i suspect was there to get attention, i see no reason why it would be a b-side to a cd-single and on the “most anticipated album of the decade” (alternative press). having 2 out of 3 tracks on the album would render halo 13 (“the day the world went away” cd-single) basically useless, save the nice “quiet version” of the title track. i for one do not want “starfuckers, inc.” on my copy of the cd. the us release has 23 reported tracks, perhaps trent has a new track in store for american fans. maybe germany never got to hear “starfuckers, inc.” and that is why it's on their cd. another analysis is, how would you feel if trent had put the notorious b-side cover “get down make love” off of the “sin” cd-single onto the next album, broken? it wouldn't make any sense with the rest of the music and it would make it a less solid album.
whether or not “starfuckers, inc.” is on the cd, it is a few seconds shorter than both the tape and cd versions, which end with crowd cheering and a kiss sample respectively. perhaps the music at the end of the cd version is a lead in to the next album track, “complication”?
web site http://get.to/nin/ notes that the song titles, such as “the day the world went away” and “i'm looking forward to joining you finally” are getting longer. trent is notorious for having relatively short and simple song titles (“wish”, “sin”, “closer”, “piggy”, et cetera). perhaps a more grown up and mature sound is reflected by his choices in titles?
the latest single, “we're in this together”, is about four minutes and forty five seconds long on the radio. the album version, however, is up there at seven minutes. perhaps nin.com leaked file “one.swf” is an extension of this song? it contains similar lyrics if not the very same lyrics. at first people suspected trent was singing in "one.swf" “all i've undergone, i will keep on”. however, clearly and officially trent is singing “all that we were is gone we have to hold on” in the new single. perhaps “one.swf” is the extra few minutes or maybe even a remix. or maybe it is from another song completely, and the lyrics fit the same theme. either way, both songs are quite good.
“no, you don't” is a really stupid name for a song. what the fuck, trent?
“la mer” is an atmospheric song with a creepy, circular piano melody. it was from a song session where trent spent time in total isolation. this was the only song he kept from that session. “la mer” is french for “the sea.” this song uses piano, bass, and dance beats before musically drifting away into the sea.
“into the void” is a spacey lyrical song with cellos and other stringed instruments.
“pilgrimage” is an instrumental death metal song that will reportedly put new “metal” bands like korn to shame.
“somewhat damaged” is a very hard rock number with lyrics. it has a driving beat and combines industrial music with dance.
“ripe (with decay)” is the final song of the album. it is a quiet acoustic song like “hurt” which coincidentally closed the previous album. this acoustic song also has massive beats that reportedly threatened the studio computer monitors.
fans suspect that “the great below” will be a very emotional song that they look forward to. one fan suspected “one.swf” was from the song “the frail”. when questioned she answered that the singing was.. frail. however, even the combined time length of the “one” clips is longer than the reported track time of the song. perhaps “one” is from the album's title track?
keep in mind, since this is only the german release of the cd (which comes out a week later), the domestic version of the cd could be a little or a lot different. possible differences include sequence and even choice of songs.
dr. dre did some mixing work with trent reznor, but it is not known if this collaboration will appear on the album. known guests on the album are david bowie's keyboardist mike garson, guitarist adrien belew of king crimsom, and ministry drummer william rieflin.
almost all of the album is performed by trent reznor. everything is
written by trent reznor. mixing, engineering and production by trent reznor
and alan moulder. additional production on “starfuckers, inc.” by charlie
clouser. “starfuckers, inc.” contains an
interpolation of “you're so vain” by carly simon and, at least on the cd version, a closing crowd sample from kiss.
this new album could be a commercial hit or a miss. on one hand, the album is sure to garner great reviews from critics. on the other hand, the kids probably won't like it, i suspect. i think it's a pretty sad world when nine inch nails is the most mature music out there. the new album will be adult contemporary, because the kids have their limp bizkits and blink-182's now. i could be wrong. depending on how mtv and radio stations embrace the new nine inch nails, perhaps this could be the biggest hit in years. it remains to be seen. september 21 is the day of the release of the new album. (other new releases on the 21st include new albums from ex-soundgarden leader chris cornell, type o negative, the cure, tori amos, the complete david bowie back catalogue, and a compilation of performances on saturday night live. the only album i suspect that would give nin a run for their money is tori's, who also has a strong following. on that day i will pick up both double albums by nin and tori. eventually i will probably pick up the cure, cornell, the snl comp and maybe even a bowie cd or two. music seems to definitely be heading toward improvement as we approach the new millennium.)
i fully expect this to be the best album of the year, if not the decade. i have been following this new music closely, and the songs i have heard, "the day the world went away", "starfuckers, inc." and "we're in this together" have all been incredibly impressive and fresh. i look forward to the album.
this review was written by travis
christensen. information and comments have been assembled from various
sources. thanks a lot to the following resources:
the nin hotline
seems like salvation news
rolling stone july ‘99 nin article
alternative press september ‘99 nin article
#nin99 dalnet channel and its users
thank you to thefragile.com for providing everybody with the tracklisting
also see.. the official site, nin.com
Just some minor new news. If you're one of those hardcore fans who will be buying the new album in all three formats, you'll be pleased to know The Fragile will contain two new tracks on the triple vinyl set. Thanks to nineinchnailsnews.com, we know that the two new songs are called "The New Flesh" and "10 Miles High".
What does that mean to me personally? Not too much. I'm not gonna buy the vinyl. I'm not rich or that obsessed. I'll download the songs when someone encodes them. The titles don't seem too interesting but when has a NIN song ever been boring or generic? I think it's great Trent is sharing some of the "rejects". I always wanted him to offer them as mp3's on the official site. As you may or may not know, in the early winter of 1999 the official statement was that Trent had made "over 40 tracks". When he was interviewed by Rolling Stone he was still making new music, so he's probably amassed almost 60 songs. There are 23 songs on the CD and 25 on the LP. I hope there's more to come, regardless of the format. Though it is kind of annoying that the vinyl people get the new songs when they could easily fit onto either disc. With two discs you can get a total time between 140-160 minutes depending on how crammed you want to make it. Trent is only choosing to include 114 minutes, so why not give the CD buyers the extra songs? I can think of two reasons:
1. The songs are not that great. (Remember the Porter Remix of "TDTWWA"?)
2. Trent is blatantly trying to rip us off.
Why would I say such a mean heretical thing? Because it's true. Why would Trent not include the two songs? I'm sure they're good songs if they're actually by him, but if he's less proud of them why put them on the album at all? Why not make it a b-side, like the bizarre but cool "A Violent Fluid" (March Of The Pigs cd-single)? It's more likely Trent is trying to swindle his own strongest fans. Halo 13 was different in all versions - the cd version, the vinyl version which had no "Starfuckers, Inc." but did have the Porter Ricks remix, and the cassette version which had an alternate ending of "Starfuckers, Inc." (crowd chanting "Nine Inch Nails!" rather than the Kiss live sample). And honestly, why? If he really wanted to "give something to his fans" then why not just provide the music for free, like the "Metal" sampler that was purposely leaked on the official site? I don't get it, Trent. "Are we not living up to what we're supposed to be??"
With that ranting done, I'm still looking forward to the new songs. :)
Final update: The Big Rundown.
So it begins.
The first review of The Fragile has appeared. You can read the article from British magazine "Kerrange!" by clicking here. It says what we've all been expecting for the last five years: The Fragile is the best album ever.
The article is interesting and you should all read it. However, because this page is about keeping up-to-date with the new album, I will summarize it for you.
Five stars - Classic, says the magazine.
In the same vain as David Bowie's epic ambient masterpiece "Low" and Pink Floyd's dark concept album "The Wall".
"After this, you may never want to hear Slipknot or Korn or Limp Bizkit again." -magazine
The album is "fraught with emotion, incorporating startling new sounds."
"Reznor is the true genius of '90s rock and 'The Fragile' is his masterpiece."
Suffice to say that "this album kicks ass." Anyway, the reviewer Paul Elliott goes on to say quite a lot about the songs on both disc. To be more specific you should read the review itself, but here's the lowdown:
01, 01. Somewhat Damaged. It begins with a funky little acoustic guitar, then quickly reveals more well-known NIN elements: "a hypnotic, mechanized beat and a lyric full of self-loathing", including the line "Too fucked up to care any more." I love you Trent!
01, 02. The Day The World Went Away. Although this isn't a new song to fans, the review describes the song as one of the central tracks of the album.
01, 03. The Frail. "A two-minute instrumental evoking the eerie calm of Bowie's 'Low'." Kind of reminds me of the teaser clips...
01, 04. The Wretched. A crunchy funk song similar to "Closer".
01, 05. We're In This Together. One of the other new songs the fans have already heard. P.S. the video debuted today (Thursday 9/15). I'll catch it when TRL re-airs it tonight.
01, 08. Even Deeper. Reminds the reviewer of 1991 U2 and hints at the Eastern mysticism that Led Zeppelin incorporated in their music, such as songs like "Kashmir".
01, 09. Pilgrimage. A song described as being chaotic and just downright awesome. This Pink Floyd-esque song contains an interesting idea that the "old" July Rolling Stone article mentioned. Trent used a 100% computer generated marching band to "create an incendiary atmosphere redolent of a fascist rally."
01, 11. La Mer. The title reminds the reviewer of Smashing Pumpkins for some reason. He describes the song as "a gentle mood piece with whispered French voices over plinking piano." Probably not the teaser clips afterall, since "all that i've undergone i will keep on" isn't exactly Francois. Oh well, it was a decent theory anyway.
01, 12. The Great Below. The amazing and emotionally revealing song I and others expected it to be. "Reznor at his most vulnerable," says the review.
02, 02. Into The Void. Ambient meets electro-rock.
02, 03. Where Is Everybody?. Again reminds the reviewer of Smashing Pumpkins. Dark, brooding pop music
02, 06. Starfuckers, Inc. The song I wished wasn't on the album is described by this reviewer as "bitter and twisted." P.S. Kurt Loder thinks it's about Manson.
02, 07. Complication. "Soundgarden gone techno," totes the review. Hey, I love Soundgarden.
02, 09. The Big Come Down. Weird funk music. Picture Trent replacing George Clinton as leader of Parliament/Funkadelic.
02, 11. Ripe (With Decay). An angsty take on Pink Floyd.
Does that not sound just fucking dope to you too? I think I will agree with the reviewer that this album is a classic.
By the way, the two songs I previously mentioned will be on the vinyl copy of the album are supposedly instrumental. Also, the import-only cd-single of "We're In This Together" will be two discs, most likely to include non-album tracks and maybe multimedia features. Why again is Trent not releasing this to his American fans? In the words of DJ Shadow: "It's the money...".
This will be my final update. The album is less than a week away and now you the reader knows the bulk of what the album will be like. I refuse to download mp3's of the new album because I've already heard enough to tide me over. I look forward to this album more than anything else I can think of.
In closing, once this album is released to the public I want to make a page where people can leave comments about the album itself. Whether you're a hardcore "ninnie" or just a guy who bought album based on a good review or recommendation from a friend, I want to know what you think. I will figure out some way I can make a page of all your comments on the album, like what you thought of it as a whole as well as song-by-song, what the public probably makes it as and how well it will do.
Album arrives 9.21.99.
P.S. About the different versions:
Cassette version features an alternate version of "Please".
Vinyl set includes the 2 extra songs, plus longer versions of "TDTWWA", "Even Deeper" and "La Mer".
Also, Dr. Dre's involvement has been revealed. He mixed or helped mix the song "Even Deeper", one of the songs which is longer on the vinyl. Dr. Dre rules all. "Chronic 2001, plug."
The double digipack has the lyric book down the middle, containing no pictures of Trent. The front cover is flat and the back is "puffy".
Vote for "We're In This Together" on TRL if you want to. It's better than the other videos on TRL, but worse than all the other NIN videos too. Not that it's a bad video, it's just below average. The link to vote is here: vote nin and vote often.
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