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Nine Inch Nails: From Best to Worst

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People who added this item 293 Average listal rating (181 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0
Broken - Nine Inch Nails
Visceral. Seething. Brutal. Mind-blowing.

Changed the way I listened to music forever the first time I heard it, with its honest lyrics delivered with such raw anger you can feel it, buzzsaw guitars and undeniable hooks.
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People who added this item 607 Average listal rating (418 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 0
The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
Took what Reznor had tapped into on Broken and fleshed it out with sonic textures and a running theme of self-destruction. One of the best albums ever recorded.
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People who added this item 419 Average listal rating (268 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 0
The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails
Dense soundscapes, layered arrangements, and some of the most beautiful songs in the NIN catalogue. One of the few double albums that's worth a damn.
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 9.2 IMDB Rating 0
Still - Nine Inch Nails
The companion disc for And All that Could Have Been, this has reimaginings of past NIN songs (including an amazing stripped-down version of "something i can never have") alongside some unreleased gloom-and-doom songs that are on the mellower/minimal side of the NIN catalogue.
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People who added this item 158 Average listal rating (104 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 0
Year Zero - Nine Inch Nails
Not just great as an album, but for the overall experience of it combined with the ARG that coincided with it. More dense sonic layers here, and this marks the first time Reznor stepped outside of his journal for lyrics. Each song is told by characters inside the Year Zero world, and the end result is more rewarding with each listen.
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People who added this item 79 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 0
The 2nd best NIN live document (Closure being the first) shows the band in great shape as it tears through material off the first 4 NIN releases.
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People who added this item 427 Average listal rating (261 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
With Teeth - Nine Inch Nails
Reznor reflects on his dealings with addiction and recovery, as well as opening his newly-sober eyes to the world around him. While it doesn't take any new risks sonically, the lyrics are as honest as ever and shows that, as a person, he's finally growing up.
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People who added this item 68 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 0
Ghosts I - IV - Nine Inch Nails
A great collection of instrumental songs/themes/ideas that fits in well with the rest of the NIN catalogue while also exploring some interesting new directions. Reznor calls this a soundtrack for daydreams.
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People who added this item 339 Average listal rating (223 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 0
Pretty Hate Machine - Nine Inch Nails
The debut album isn't aging as well as the rest of these, which is why it's further down this list. "kinda i want to" gets more silly every year, and "ringfinger" is getting there too. Still, songs like "something i can never have", "terrible lie", and "sin" make this album worth revisiting again and again.

(personally though, I could go the rest of my life without hearing "head like a hole" again and be happy)
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People who added this item 56 Average listal rating (43 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 0
The Slip - Nine Inch Nails
There are a couple of songs here worth listening to, but the majority of this album seems like retreads and D-sides. No honest, heartfelt lyrics here either. Good thing it was released as a free download, since that's really all it's worth.
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People who added this item 30 Average listal rating (24 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 0
Hesitation Marks - Nine Inch Nails
The album that dethroned NIN as my favorite working band. It's so bad I couldn't even sit through the entire thing, though I tried really hard to. The majority of the music is computer-generated, to the point I half expected the cover art to include the Apple logo. I guess some of the lyrics were OK, but honestly I was hating what I heard so much I found it hard to focus on them. Releasing these songs under the moniker DJ Trent Reznor would have been more fitting, as that's what it sounds like...shitty electronica with him singing over it. Fuck this album.
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For the complete NIN discography, please go here.

I limited this to the proper releases only (no remixes or singles).

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