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August 1, 2008

Trent Reznor's career

So a few days ago, I did this centerpiece about essential listening to prep for the Virgin Mobile Festival.

Pop music critic Rashod Ollison and I went back and re-listened to 10 albums for the article.

One of them was The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails. (That's the one with "Closer" and "Hurt" on it.) At the end of my little review of it, I slipped this snarky little line in:

Ironically, though The Downward Spiral introduced Reznor to a mainstream audience, its title is indicative of Reznor's career after its release. 

Hee hee. It went to press, and I sat back and waited to see if anyone would notice. Finally, I got this email:

your an idiot!     Trent is better than ever      i can believe i just read that !!

Mission accomplished!

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:14 AM | | Comments (11)
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Mostly agree with that, but the fragile was amazing. didn't have the hits like downward..but some dark stuff.

Be careful Sam - if you suspect a pale girl wearing all black is following you around the festival, she probably is...

From goth icon to adult alternative for the miller light set...too sad...

Don't agree. New fan and think that The Fragile was fantastic along with most of his stuff. He should be commended for Ghosts for being brave enough to put out something like that. Loved Ghosts too. Real artists grow. The ones who don't aren't being real. Sammy, you should focus on doing good reviews instead of trying to get attention.

Don't agree. New fan and think that The Fragile was fantastic along with most of his stuff. He should be commended for Ghosts for being brave enough to put out something like that. Loved Ghosts too. Real artists grow. The ones who don't aren't being real. Sammy, you should focus on doing good reviews instead of trying to get attention.

I'm going to respectfully disagree. I loved the Fragile - possibly more than TDS, With Teeth and Year Zero have their highlights, Ghosts I-IV is absolutely magnificent, and The Slip is seriously awesome.

But to each his own and all that - it's your right to disagree.

Also, you migtht want to fix your CAPTCHA - getting a lowercase "L" and thing it's an uppercase "i" kinda sucks.

Trent's career =/= whether or not you liked anything released after TDS.

I sorta did this and loaded a disc each by all of the VF performers I have albums by (current albums by Lil Wayne, Kanye, the Foo Fighters, Paramore and NIN, older albums by Dylan, Cat Power, STP and Shudder To Think) into an iTunes playlist to gear up for the festival. Kind of getting excited about it now!

does it mean i am an old fogey if my favorite NIN album is Pretty Hate Machine?

probably.

sam, intelligent jokes like this often end up in comments like these from the people who don´t get it. but you knew this :-)
I suggest to stop using the word career for the description of a musician´s bulk of work. is it important what came after what? do they grow or change or transform or go back or go in circle or what not? may be they live in a place without time and we get the albums once in a while.
nope, I´m not stoned.
but sometimes irritated by the "best album of.." crap
cheers

its like if i said sam is a pathetic excuse of a reporter just to see if any retarded friend of him would reply in defense, right?
or would that mean hes his retarded friend?

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About Erik Maza
Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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