50 Best Albums of 2013

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Nine Inch Nails, 'Hesitation Marks'
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19. Nine Inch Nails, 'Hesitation Marks'

On the first Nine Inch Nails album in five years, Trent Reznor threw a dance party at the edge of oblivion. Songs like "Came Back Haunted" and "All Time Low" combine the gnarled-gear drive of vintage NIN with the ice-storm atmospherics that Reznor has brought to his recent soundtrack work.

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