7. 'The Becoming'
Upon its release, Rolling Stone writer Jonathan Gold described The Downward Spiral as "low-tech futurism that rocks." Nowhere is this description more accurate than amongst the blips, bloops, electro-statics and shrieks – both Reznor's and those occupying the cut's lower regions – that anchor the whiplash cut "The Becoming." At times, Reznor was high up in the mix; emotionally though, he was drifting. "Even when I'm right with you/ I'm so far away," he sings.