Add Violence

Nine Inch Nails - Add Violence
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2017 Ratings: #449
July 21, 2017 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Drowned in Sound

Much like NTAE, you can pretty much split the tracks into two camps: the ‘rock’ ones, and the ‘synth’ ones, with a little overlap in-between. That’s no bad thing, as he’s pretty much always done that, but these EPs work almost like testing boards, with both sides jostling for position with each other.

80
Rolling Stone

Like Reznor's early Nine Inch Nails work, it's a mostly insular affair ... and it's the inherent loneliness that makes Add Violence compelling, especially when contrasted with last year's Not the Actual Events EP

80
The Line of Best Fit

Add Violence is not an obviously human piece of work; it's electronic to the point of sensory detachment, and certainly never feels like a flesh-and-blood piece.

75
Consequence of Sound

As impactful as many of NIN’s more focused statements have been, Add Violence makes its impact felt with even more authority than its recent predecessors ... On this new collection, the mood is more insinuating and sensual.

73
Pitchfork

Nine Inch Nails’ second EP in a year is as perplexing and immediate as their first. Trent Reznor has lost none of his power to discomfit and intimidate.

67
A.V. Club

Reznor and Ross are master craftsmen of mood and texture, and no one can match Reznor’s skill for translating industrial’s jagged sounds into radio-ready hooks. He has always gone his own way, making for mixed results. Add Violence is a surprising amalgam of what has preceded it in the NIN discography—for better and worse.

64
Sputnikmusic

Add Violence returns us to the bite-sized pop with-a-dark-side which has been Reznor's bread and butter since 2005, but without the energy of Dave Grohl pounding the drum kit like it said a bad word about Kurt Cobain.

60
The Independent

The EP becomes more industrial as it progresses, with vocal hums, instrumental drones and dark ambiences fractured by progressive dissonance and the occasional brutal howl.

60
The Needle Drop

Nine Inch Nails follows up last year's Not the Actual Events EP with a moodier and more atmospheric set of tracks, which I don't find to be quite as well-written or exciting.

Audiohype
70
This isn't the place is a wonderful track, but I can't say anything else really caught my eye on this EP, at least not on the first three listens anyway. I did enjoy The Lovers/The Background World but the disjointed seven minutes outro to the latter track is, well, self indulgent to say the least.

Overall I enjoy the EP but I realise this is probably only because I'm a massive NIN fan - it certainly isn't anywhere close to Reznor's best work.
aaron
89
Day 0-7 of listening: 83
Add Violence, swallows the sonical flaws seen across Hesitation Marks and Not The Actual Events, a sort of experimentation finally meets result here.

This EP if anything shows how Atticus has affected NIN's soundscape. Admittedly NIN hasnt had the same bite it once had, but the development of sound has progessed ten-fold and it all started right around the time Atticus Ross came on board the NIN vessal.

Hence, the softer moments of Add Violence have never sounded ... read more
AntiPop
80
my real score is 79.6 as I had to round it up.
Plats
76
"Add Violence" has a few great songs and the production is great. But it isn't nearly as hard hitting as other projects in Nine Inch Nails discography and the looped ending on "The Background World", while admirable, makes the track way too long.

Less Than: 9
The Lovers: 8
This Isn't the Place: 8.5
Not Anymore: 7
The Background World: 5.5

Score:
7.6
Very Good
77
Très bon
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Track List

  1. Less Than
  2. The Lovers
  3. This Isn't the Place
  4. Not Anymore
  5. The Background World
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