Hesitation Marks

Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2013 Ratings: #162 / 1035
User Score
Based on 182 ratings
2013 Ratings: #340
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September 3, 2013 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Spin

Through his own twisted K-hole, #ARTPOP icon Reznor is once again one of the most vital artists working today, coming back haunted, breaking the habitual. 

83
A.V. Club

It’s obvious on the rest of the album that the fear of living isn’t holding Reznor back anymore. This outlook has given a huge boost to NIN’s creativity, and helped the group re-emerge as a relevant, vital, and still weird band.

80
DIY

'Hesitation Marks' is Reznor's Frankenstein. The most complete archiving of everywhere Nine Inch Nails has been, but more than that a jaw-dropping preview of everywhere it can go. 

80
The Line of Best Fit

Whatever Reznor promised this isn’t an evolution for the band but a very confident, very polished assertion of what they do well – heck, what they do better than anyone else. 

80
NME

It’s the mark of a Nine Inch Nails far more concerned with being straightforward and direct, peeling away the gusty ambience and cutting right to the heart of the matter.

80
FACT Magazine

Hesitation Marks follows the musical lineage that began with The Fragile, but it surpasses recent NIN albums thanks to a deeply personal thematic core and a willingness to push the songwriting into territory that is often dancier and poppier than listeners have come to expect from the band.

80
musicOMH

What it is ... is an album of bona fide radio hits in an ideal world, a fine example of mainstream rock at its most tasteful, music that’s going to be popular and sell a lot but that’s not afraid to subtly defy expectations of what its makers are.

79
Paste

No other Nine Inch Nails record has been so mindful of dance and electronic trends from outside its own bubble, or the resurgence of many of these sounds recently.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Even at its weakest, which means at times tedious and, like every Nine Inch Nails album before it, too long, Hesitation Marks finds Reznor bracingly reinvigorated.

70
AllMusic

Hesitation Marks makes it quite clear that Trent Reznor is no longer an angry young man but rather a restless, inventive artist who is at peace with himself, and the result is a record that provides real, lasting nourishment.

70
Pitchfork

Its sound is skeletal and spare, as if picking up right where The Slip’s more subdued second act left off, with Reznor's usual adrenalized aggression replaced with jagged digital tics and queasy atmospheres.

50
Consequence of Sound

By playing both to nostalgic sensibilities and trying to literally occupy the same territory he once did, Hesitation Marks is only welcome in that it puts Nine Inch Nails on tour. 

Plats
68
When I listened to "Hesitation Marks" back in 2018, I praised it for being a cool throwback with plenty of what makes Nine Inch Nails so great. It's been two years now and I think that this is their weakest LP to date Not to say that it's bad, however, because it definitely has pros. The mostly electro-industrial direction is a nice throwback to the days of "Pretty Hate Machine" and it contains a few of Trent's best tracks to date. There's also "Everything" which ... read more
CheapandLethal
50
Very uninspiring
josecarloslopes
64
Favorite tracks : THE EATER OF DREAMS, COPY OF A, CAME BACK HAUNTED, FIND MY WAY, DISAPPOINTED, EVERYTHING, VARIOUS METHODS OF ESCAPE, IN TWO and WHILE I'M STILL HERE.
ChukPizel
68
This album is to an extent underrated. Though wasn't ambitious or as exciting as NIN's previous work, it was interesting with groovy to energetic guitars, vocal delivery, weird but fun percussion, and use of analog electronics. Lyrically, the album is too moledramatic and uninspiring.
PipePanic
90
This album is a strange one. On one hand, it doesn't take much risks in providing energetic and thought provoking tracks, but on the other hand it's one of the more experimental and unique Nine Inch Nails albums to come out in a long time. No matter how you shake it, this album still has some fun and unique ideas at play, both sonically and lyrically.

Favorite jams: Various Methods of Escape, In Two, I Would For You

Lest Favorite: The Eater Of Dreams
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Track List

  1. The Eater of Dreams
  2. Copy of A
  3. Came Back Haunted
  4. Find My Way
  5. All Time Low 
  6. Disappointed
  7. Everything
  8. Satellite
  9. Various Methods of Escape
  10. Running
  11. I Would for You
  12. In Two
  13. While I'm Still Here
  14. Black Noise
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Added on: June 5, 2013