Over time I’ve tried to avoid falling into the nostalgia trap. Most of artists I listened to from the 90s are either deceased or in a completely different phase of life. With that, I’ve tried to keep an open mind when listening to the few musicians left who are still forging ahead. NIN definitely requires the same frame of thought when listening to their music. From With Teeth on, Trent’s music definitely took some different directions. He still tried to push creative boundaries while still keeping things dark and interesting. Hesitation Marks I believe was one of the last true to form records, touching on some of the elements predating With Teeth. After Hesitation Marks, there began the succession of these EP’s that have had mixed reviews. The last few I still kept to some kind of theme, and the music did change from each smaller release, almost creating some kind of progression. Like I said, you have to appreciate these releases for what they are. Trent is sober and no longer Haring the word, and we just need to except that.
Now for this last release...Bad Witch. There are some interesting elements, yet the main source of contention for me is lack of cohesion. Even within the songs themselves, NIN start to randomly channel Bowie or Radiohead...and not in a good way. For NIN standards, even in their twilight years, I have a hard time giving this one a pass.
My last thought is that if this is the worst after 30 years of revolutionary work, I can live with it. Let’s just hope NIN will end on a good note. Even Bowie had a few so-so albums, but at least he made the final bookend a great one.
Amazing, The Best! Buy it!
By Jesse Bruce Pinkman
I LOVE this EP!!
The first Not The Actual Events in 2016, the second Add Violence in 2017 and this genius work of art Bad Witch in 2018! Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross- extreme talent never dies! All of this is amazing! Over and Out is my favorite. Please keep making more Nine Inch Nails records, EP’s, tracks, anything! I’ll keep buying it! Much love and thanks for all of your guys’ work!
Trent...you’ve given us so much. I just wish you hadn’t given us this.
Ok so I gave it another chance
I listened to some rawer Nin before diving into this one (With Teeth.) Wow this is really good. Trent is broadening his scope with what he can do with music. In particular the last two tracks on this ep is some of the best nien inch nails I have heard in a long while.
The final release of the trilogy is the most cohesive and and imo the best work NIN has put out since Year Zero
By Sean M. H.
Different. Still excellent.
As with most new content from established artists, this is not going to please everyone. That said, trying to please anyone has never been one of Reznor’s strong concerns. Every album is always whatever it wants to be, and this one is no exception.
The downward spiral continues
NIN lost the thing that made them special. I used to like them b/c they sounded original and were doing things that a lot of things that no one else was doing. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore. It's like Trent Reznor has just turned on a machine, let it make some noises, and threw a few vocals over top.
This guy hasn't put out a good song, let alone a good album, in a decade.
Fascinating and experimental new direction
It’s pretty sad how many NIN fans are stuck in the 90’s and expect Trent to be as well. The man has grown and changed, and with that so has his music. This album and the past few EP’s have all been distinct from one another in terms of sounds and have been far more exciting and engaging than any of the bland stuff he was putting out in the period of 2008-2013.