Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth

With Teeth Cover
Cover for With Teeth by Nine Inch Nails

With Teeth (styl­ized as [WITH_TEETH]) is the fourth stu­dio album by Nine Inch Nails, released on May 3, 2005, by Inter­scope Records. The album was pro­duced by Nine Inch Nails front­man Trent Reznor and long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Alan Moul­der. It was Reznor’s first orig­i­nal stu­dio album since The Frag­ile, released in 1999. Reznor has indi­cat­ed that the album is influ­enced by his bat­tle with, and recov­ery from, alco­holism and sub­stance abuse between albums. The album gen­er­at­ed three sin­gles: ”The Hand That Feeds”, “Only”, and “Every Day Is Exact­ly the Same”.

With Teeth is a fresh, raw sound­ing and with­out a doubt one of the purest albums that drags Nine Inch Nails back to its roots. Its tracks range from the soft­est to the most aggres­sive sound­ing melodies, full of new­found ener­gy. With catchy songs like “The Hand That Feeds” this album guar­an­tees to get every­one off their feet. The album is full of bang­ing drums, scream­ing synths and very pow­er­ful lyrics that punch­es you straight in the face, like say­ing “Look at what you’ve become, you need to wake up and get your shit togeth­er”. And that’s prob­a­bly what Trent meant while writ­ing this album, as he was recov­er­ing from drug and alco­hol addiction.

While being a very straight­for­ward album, With Teeth address­es both per­son­al and polit­i­cal issues and will get you emo­tion­al­ly involved. First, it may sound like a min­i­mal­ist album, but there are tons of sounds hid­den between the grooves that will reveal itself over time. The sound qual­i­ty is excep­tion­al­ly good, rang­ing from stan­dard CD up to audio­phile 24-bit 48 kHz in sur­round sound and  24-bit 96 kHz in stereo, which was a very mod­ern audio stan­dard at the time and still is today. And of course, Alan Moul­der made sure that the con­tent came into its own.

The defin­i­tive ver­sion of With Teeth is now being metic­u­lous­ly pre­pared by Trent Reznor and NIN art direc­tor John Craw­ford. I high­ly rec­om­mend you to check it out!

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