NIN at their most digestible. Not much to say here, it's a great album but sometimes you do end up feeling like it's missing something. I'll admit, though, I think the singles from this album get a bad rep sometimes - they're not exactly representative of NIN's discography, sure, but I'll be damned if they don't go hard.
The first of a planned three-piece EP suite, Not The Actual Events marks a return to the industrial metal roots that a lot of us fell in love with when we heard tracks like Wish and March of the Pigs. Reznor (and frequent-collaborator-turned-band-member Ross) hasn't lost his touch at all.
Continuing on from NTAE, Add Violence takes the hard metal sounds of it's precursor EP and distills them into something more people would find palatable. But that doesn't take away too much from the artistry of the record - great tracks all around. Props especially on The Background World - an imperfect loop...unorthodox and unsettling, but if anyone can make it work, it's Reznor.
I'll admit it. Vision Thing is my favorite Sisters LP. It's the rock-y black sheep of their catalogue, but screw it, I absolutely adore this album. I get the feeling that this is the closest Eldritch has gotten so far to fully realizing his idea of the Sisters sound, and if that's the case, he'd better get to that bloody fourth album already.
The Sisters take an atmospheric detour here. A brilliant album, with some of my favorite Sisters singles here (Dominion <3). While it doesn't always fully hold my attention like F&L&A and VT, it's still an incredibly good album nonetheless.