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Nine Inch Nails

718 The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails

The Downward Spiral

Nothing, Interscope
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Trent Reznor, Flood
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Thirty years after release, The Downward Spiral remains one of the 90s most enduring creative statements and thematic concept albums

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Nine Inch Nails' second studio album, The Downward Spiral, is Trent Reznor's chronicle of self-destruction through themes of addiction, depression, and existential despair. Free from the interference of TVT Records, it marked a significant recording and songwriting evolution for Reznor, building upon the . While the industrial rock genre had already combined heavy guitar riffs with electronic elements, Reznor's innovative production techniques combined with his ear for melody helped launch the album and band from the underground world to dance charts, daily MTV play, and global recognition.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Mr. Self Destruct
  • 33:07 - Piggy
  • 36:42 - I¬†Do Not Want This
  • 40:58 - The Becoming
  • 46:02 - Heresy
  • 58:39 - Closer To God (single)
  • Outro - Hurt

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