Pretty Hate Machine

Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
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Based on 3 reviews
1989 Ratings: #3 / 134
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Based on 286 ratings
1989 Ratings: #11
October 20, 1989 / Release Date
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KIDWITHGUNs
90
POWERHOUSE!

Now we jump back into the more dated stuff on the list, but this one is pretty outstanding.

What really adds to this album is not only the industrial sound, but the world-ending tension and the firepower sound that drives the engine of the record makes it something truly exciting.

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Inglume
89
[SJO Counter: 24]

The Nine Inch Nails debut album is a musical powerhouse!

It’s honestly quite difficult for me to picture this as Nine Inch Nails’ debut album, mostly because this feels like such a focused, detailed and very inventive release right off the bat!

It’s not Nine Inch Nails at their most ambitious or industrial, but it’s undoubtedly a fascinating album, with elements of synth punk combined with more rough, hard-hitting industrial musical passageways. ... read more
Toasterqueen12
96
Number: 24

YES! YES HOLY HELL! Damn, what can I say about this? This feels like I just went to war in a wind tunnel. Like I digested a box of fire crackers. This is one of the few albums I listened to twice on the list. Once by myself, and the 2nd with my dad while driving. This album was meant to be played the second way. He had this album when it came out and he spent a lot of time describing how much it meant to him. I guess that kinda rubbed off on me. The sounds here are energetic but ... read more
PipePanic
80
While some of it's sounds and styles can seem somewhat dated and by the numbers by today's standards, it's still a rip roaring and insanely detailed industrial album that deserves all the attention it gets, even if it's still trying to wipe off the 80s slime off it's highly polished back.

Favorite jams: Sanctified, Something I Can Never Have, Head Like A Hole

Lest favorite: Down in It (R A P T R E N T)
davecoop18
67
A very influential album to the Industrial rock scene. As far as listening to it in 2018...this hasn't aged well.

Favorite Track: Ringfinger
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Track List

  1. Head Like a Hole
  2. Terrible Lie
  3. Down in It
  4. Sanctified
  5. Something I Can Never Have
  6. Kinda I Want to
  7. Sin
  8. That's What I Get
  9. The Only Time
  10. Ringfinger
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