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The Downward Spiral [Deluxe Edition]

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Other albums by Nine Inch Nails

  1. Came Back Haunted
  2. Recoiled
  3. Only
  4. Bad Witch
  5. Down in It
Nine Inch Nails 11/23/2004

Review

Universal's Chronicles reissues division has stuck with memorable albums of at least 20, and more often 30 years' vintage for its "Deluxe Edition" series of two-disc expansions, with titles like Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Bob Marley's Legend the rule. So, looking back a mere ten years to Nine Inch Nails' multi-platinum industrial landmark The Downward Spiral is a surprise. For added attraction, the original album has been remastered to SACD and remixed for 5.1 Surround Sound. Given that this is a relatively recent work, the sound improvement is not as drastic as it has been for older albums, but the effect of the reworkings is, as usual, to open up the sound, providing greater clarity and separation. This might not necessarily be a good thing in the industrial metal style, which depends for its effect on a dense, sometimes distorted sound, but it works well for The Downward Spiral because of all those sudden edits that take the music from a loud, noisy sound picture down to a solo vocal or acoustic guitar; those juxtapositions are emphasized even more here and are, if possible, even more startling than they were originally. A part of the deluxe treatment usually involves a lengthy CD booklet with extensive liner notes, but this reissue disappoints in that regard, providing song lyrics and not much else. In fact, little information is provided about the disc of extras, so it is left to the reviewer to reveal that "Burn" comes from the soundtrack to Natural Born Killers; "Closer (Precursor)," "Closer to God," and "Memorabilia" from the Closer to God maxi-single; "Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now)," "Hurt (Quiet)," and "The Downward Spiral (The Bottom)" from the Further Down the Spiral remix EP; the cover of Soft Cell's "Memorabilia" from the March of the Pigs maxi-single; and the cover of Joy Division's "Dead Souls" from the soundtrack to The Crow. The final three tracks are previously unreleased demos of the album tracks "Ruiner," "Reptile," and "Heresy." The alternate versions often provide insight into the development of the material, and may even be preferable to the final versions for some listeners. In particular, "Hurt (Quiet)" anticipates Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" and is at least as effective as the master take. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Mr. Self Destruct Nine Inch Nails 4:30
  3. 2 Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now) Nine Inch Nails 4:24
  4. 3 Heresy Nine Inch Nails 3:54
  5. 4 March of the Pigs Nine Inch Nails 2:58
  6. 5 Closer Nine Inch Nails 6:14
  7. 6 Ruiner Nine Inch Nails 4:57
  8. 7 The Becoming Nine Inch Nails 5:32
  9. 8 I Do Not Want This Nine Inch Nails 5:41
  10. 9 Big Man With a Gun Nine Inch Nails 1:36
  11. 10 A Warm Place Nine Inch Nails 3:22
  12. 11 Eraser Nine Inch Nails 4:55
  13. 12 Reptile Nine Inch Nails 6:52
  14. 13 The Downward Spiral Nine Inch Nails 3:57
  15. 14 Hurt Nine Inch Nails 6:13
  16. 1 Burn Nine Inch Nails 5:0
  17. 2 Closer (Precursor) Nine Inch Nails 7:14
  18. 3 Piggy (Nothing Can Stop Me Now) Nine Inch Nails 4:2
  19. 4 A Violet Fluid Nine Inch Nails 1:3
  20. 5 Dead Souls Nine Inch Nails 4:50
  21. 6 Hurt (Quiet) Nine Inch Nails 5:9
  22. 7 Closer to God Nine Inch Nails 5:6
  23. 8 All the Pigs, All Lined Up Nine Inch Nails 7:26
  24. 9 Memorabilia Nine Inch Nails 7:22
  25. 10 The Downward Spiral (The Bottom) Nine Inch Nails 7:27
  26. 11 Ruiner [Demo] Nine Inch Nails 4:49
  27. 12 Liar [Reptile Demo] Nine Inch Nails 6:55
  28. 13 Heresy [Demo] Nine Inch Nails 3:59

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