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This is not a bad album. But I'm annoyed with myself for having not discovered it until 2010- because now it sounds horribly dated. Fizzy synth stabs and sounds that have since become 80's clichés abound, and the overall production has that characteristic harsh and thin 80's sheen. The album is so very much of its time that I've found it impossible to get into because I just can't take it seriously. I could draw a parallel with Peter Gabriel's 4th album, or Kate Bush's Hounds Of Love. Musically these albums have relatively little in common with Pretty Hate Machine, but they also have productions that were very much "of the moment" when they came out and now sound very dated - the difference is, I bought them when they came out and loved them when they were fresh and new. Listening to Pretty Hate Machine for the first time in 2010, you keep having to "make allowances for the production", which is a shame because I know that I would have loved it in 1989. It sounds to me like a mix of Depeche Mode and Foetus, but I have to say that it's reputation as "industrial" music is overselling it a tad - it's no more industial than mid 80's Depeche Mode, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. I guess I'm writing this lukewarm review because I'm guessing that most of the very positive reviews already on the site have been written by those who bought it when it came out - so beware the uninitiated, this album may not be a five-star listen any more. Having said all that, it's abundantly clear that Trent Reznor has loads of talent and integrity - I'm really interested to find out more about NIN and I'll be trying some of their later material.
Hole for the one disc was too small and I had to correct that issue... Played it in the background while I worked so did not listen closely enough to take note of the quality... I'll update if any issues come up
Ich muss mich meinem Vorredner anschliessen. Die Soundqualität ist wirklich um längen besser wie die alte CD, trozdem habe ich etwas mehr erwartet. Ein Bonustrack finde ich persönlich etwas arm. Ich habe gehofft, dass diese Edition (was das Bonusmaterial betrifft) genauso umfangreich gestaltet wird wie bei der "The downward Spiral - Deluxe Edition. Der Käufer wird die überarbeitete Version in der Regel 1 bis 2mal anhöhren, und die CD wird dann wieder mit hoher Wahrscheinlichkeit im Regal verschwinden. Daher muss jeder selbst die Entscheidung fällen, ob er sich diese Anschaffung leisten möchte oder nicht.
I listened to this record on my system back to back with some other modern or repressed classics and PHM just lacks a lot of bass especially compared even to the CD version. The original master never had a ton of bass but I was hoping for a different master on the vinyl edition. Don't get your hopes up, no bass.
the reason i only give it 3 stars isn't cause of the album itself or Trent. this is a masterful piece of art and i adore it. my issue is the pressing i received itself. i know it isn't a 180 gram or anything like that but my pressing is jokingly thin, and concave in shape. the edges are 3 times as thick as the middle, as well it's uneven. meaning held upright 12 o' clock is thin, and 7 o' clock is 3 times as thick. another issue is the grooves are not centered, the arm has to shimmy 2-3mm as the album spins. i'm kind of amazed it doesn't have an issue tracking. physical media aside it's an amazing album and i do plan on keeping it as it does function as an LP.
Album was warped. Got a replacement from Amazon, and it was worse. The replacement copy had something wrong with the center hole, and I could barely get it on and off my record player. The music is great; poor quality pressing.