"I had plenty of life experience to draw from while working on this record," says Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor of his first studio album in six years. "I was getting sane while the world was going crazy." The follow-up to 1999's The Fragile bristles with as much aggression as anything in the NIN catalog while adding more live drumming into the mix, courtesy of honorary Nailsman Dave Grohl. "I wrote some of these tracks with a Grohl-esque performance in mind," says Reznor. "I asked him if he was into it and that was that." Stellar tracks include "Only," which boasts a "Billie Jean" beat and spoken-word vocals that evoke Prince, and "The Hand That Feeds" (the first single), which combines a guitar assault with New Wave-y keyboards, says Reznor, "This record is probably more honest than anything I've done."
"This record is probably more honest than anything I've done."
This story is from the March 10th, 2005 issue of Rolling Stone.