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Entertainment Weekly
Right now, hard rock simply doesn’t get any smarter, harder, or more ambitious than this.
90
Spin
The Fragile offers no insights into how people survive their assault of their own thoughts, but such wisdom has no place within Reznor´s compositions. He lives to be haunted. We´re lucky he keeps hammering away inside that unquiet mind.
80
AllMusic

It's easy to tell where the time went -- Reznor's music is immaculately crafted and arranged, with every note and nuance gliding into the next -- but he spent more time constructing surfaces than songs. Those surfaces can be enticing but since it's just surface, The Fragile winds up being vaguely unsatisfying.

80
Rolling Stone

But like the rest of The Fragile, it's New Wave with its finger on the trigger. Reznor doesn't want to get "Closer" here – he wants to armor himself behind a wall of noise.

50
NME
Here comes Trent, knocking at your door, asking for your misery. And all you can say is, ‘Sorry, already given’, and send him away. The Goth. The Outdated. The Ever So Slightly Foolish.
20
Pitchfork

The Fragile is simply Music for 'The Elder for the digital age.

andiov1
79

The original Pitchfork review for this is by far the worst pretentious music review I've ever read, hands down.

The writer for Pitchfork in this case is also the same guy who was absolutely jizzing over Kid A in another review just a year later (like I enjoy that album as well but calm down, you sound like you want to fuck the shit out of Thom Yorke and it's giving me secondhand embarrassment just reading it ).

What really rattled me is his comparison of The Fragile to Kiss's "Music For ... read more

MrMercury7
85

"The Fragile is simply Music for The Elder for the digital age."

Oh fuck off pitchfork, your simply the buzzfeed of music.

Fav Tracks: Somewhat Damaged, The Day the World Went Away, We're in This Together, La Mer, Into the Void
Least Fav: Pilgrimage

CLJesse
75

Goated but bloated

Papercup15
90

This album’s scope is so unimaginably large. I am completely overwhelmed everytime I sit down to listen to it. Sometimes the sounds can come across messy or even too smooth and polished, but the huge scope and ambition Trent takes on this one manages to pay off in spades.

bigdave
100

This is one of my favorite records of all time and without a doubt is the best double album ever made. This is a masterful piece of art that never loses its spark throughout its 103-minute run time. This is Trent Reznor's dark masterpiece, An easy 10/10

10/10

Pordord
95

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Added on: September 13, 2012