Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #355 / 676
User Score
Based on 245 ratings
2018 Ratings: #113
June 22, 2018 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

A triptych of a record, ‘Bad Witch’ spans all of NIN’s many sides. From clattering industrial sonics, to expansive, soaring soundscapes, via free jazz and mutating electronica, it’s the sound of a band bolstering their already formidable palette.

83
Consequence of Sound

With Bad Witch, Reznor and Ross have proven their staying power as one of heavy music’s most formidable outfits, honoring their roots while looking forward into bold, new transcendent territory.

82
Sputnikmusic

Bad Witch finds Trent at a rare peak in terms of song flow and focus, and as a piece is absolutely deserving of the LP distinction.

80
Dork

Be warned; there are no bangers here. It’s intense brutality that’ll test you, and leave you feeling a bit empty – in all the right ways.

80
The 405

Nine Inch Nails complete their recent trilogy of short releases with Bad Witch, Reznor’s best record in over 20 years.

80
Northern Transmissions
While his abstract moments will be the deciding factor for many on how much you love this album, it’s hard to deny this isn’t one of Reznor’s best albums in years.
80
Pitchfork
Trent Reznor’s third EP-length NIN release in the last two years is the best of the lot, with a raw and rough sound that feels both unfinished and alive.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Nine Inch Nails’ Bad Witch is their finest work in over a decade.

80
DIY

On ‘Bad Witch’, Trent Reznor has curated a feeling, an atmosphere, an idea.

80
Metal Hammer

This is music in its rawest form, an expression from deep within, without any care for convention or crowd-pleasing – and it is excellent.

70
Slant Magazine

Nine Inch Nails’s Bad Witch wrestles with a depraved culture that's showing signs of impending collapse.

70
AllMusic

Bad Witch concludes that we're the problem and humanity is doomed. That nihilistic blood courses through these six songs, which can be divided into pairs: a triptych within the trilogy.

70
Clash

While never quite holding together as a set, NIN continues to admirably cover new ground while doing what they do best, namely reflecting humanity’s worst impulses.

70
The Needle Drop

The level of artistic freedom Trent and Atticus give themselves on the somewhat uneven Bad Witch is more exciting than just about any Nine Inch Nails release since 2008.

70
No Ripcord

For Reznor, if there’s a truth to be found in our place in the world, it’s darker and more complicated than we would like. While he denies us simple solutions, he uses this album to open sounds and atmospheres stranger and more daring than he’s used before.

67
A.V. Club

The instrumentals, like all NIN, reward immersive listening, but fans may find themselves wishing for a little more to grab onto.

60
Loud and Quiet

Despite the face-contorting whiff of a publicity stunt, ‘Bad Witch’ is as solid an ‘album’ as any of NIN’s recent releases.

60
The Independent

If you’re looking for connectivity between the tracks, it’s difficult to find it through the array of hyperactive noise. However Reznor and writing partner Atticus Ross managed to create their own version of The Matrix.

60
Drowned in Sound

That’s not to say Bad Witch isn’t interesting - it definitely is - but it lacks the coherency that we look for in an album, the statement of where the artist is at right now.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Reznor’s experiments still show him pushing the sonic form while he excoriates his demons.

45
Spectrum Culture

There’s little here that inspires reflection, no anthems to pump your fist to, no beats with which to pummel the dance floor with mindless tribal abandon.

aaron
88
PSA: IF YOU HAVENT LISTENINED TO THIS AT FULL VOLUME YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.

Within the space of three EP’s NIN have brought about such a new texture to their sound it’s astounding. Atticus Ross must take the credit for that, he has changed the way Trent Reznor makes music, there is no denial of that. Trent too has grown vocally, he has never sounded better than right here on this small collection of sound.

Admittedly upon my initial listens there was harrowing confusion at ... read more
76fex
75
so sad about xxx tentacion
Tebitas
86
holy shit, this is amazing
frienderman
81
I'm gonna be honest, I really thought the album was called Bad Bitch at first glance and I was so happy I thought Trent Reznor was adopting that title because he really is a bad bitch.

UPDATE:
The album got me so pumped up I wanted to punch a wall. I was NOT READY for “God Break Down the Door” and I ended up having a panic attack at how insanely chaotic that song was. Some of the quieter, more subdued moments, like “Play the Goddamed Part” and “I Am Not of This ... read more
tinymusiccritic
82
Trent Reznor has been trying to find his place in the world. 30 years into a music career, you have to wonder how it’s possible to remain relevant. In his 90s heyday, he was, after all, a bona-fide rock god, sex symbol, and scourge of the American Christian Right. A battle with addiction and an embrace of sobriety followed, and with it a series of albums that saw Reznor grasping at the air to get to the core of what Nine Inch Nails was. Were they an arena-friendly, industrial-tinged, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Shit Mirror
  2. Ahead of Ourselves
  3. Play the Goddamned Part
  4. God Break Down the Door
  5. I'm Not from This World
  6. Over and Out
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Added on: May 10, 2018