The Fragile

The Fragile

by Nine Inch Nails


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"Watching fate as it flows down the path we have chose," sings Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor. And on the two CDs that comprise THE FRAGILE, that path is bleak, brutal, whiny, and pretty damn cathartic to boot. From the My Bloody Valentine feedback washes of the first single, "The Day the World Went Away" to doom 'n' boom dance-noise workouts like "Just Like You Imagined" and "Even Deeper" to a classic industry hate-spiel "Starfuckers Inc.," FRAGILE is a sprawling, overwrought maelstrom of vitriolic sonics and tightly wound nausea. The downright slammin' "No, You Don't" might be straightforward enough in its pursuit of a Ministry-style groove grind, but, for the most part, this album ebbs and flows like a tidal pool of black beats and sonic scar tissue. When it opens, it thankfully spews forth some of the most potent pop and ambitious beat programming of Trent's career. (See the love anthem "The Fragile" or the gorgeous instrumental, "La Mer.") Throughout, atmospheric cuts like "The Way Out Is Through" merge with complex electro-acoustic experiments like the avant-funky "Into the Void" and flat-out dirge-boogies like "Where Is Everybody?" Lyrically, it's predictable blather: Reznor can come across as the archetypal spoiled little piggie, bawling "me me me" all the way home until he can get behind his synth and spray venom at a world that knows no justice. Sure, the brooding can get a little boring. But, hey, in an age when every new chump on the goth block, from Manson to Korn, is trying to jack his shtick, it's nice to see the primo prophet of postindustrial alienation keeping pace with the young bucks.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/1999
Label: Nothing
UPC: 0606949047320
catalogNumber: 90473
Rank: 9624

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nine Inch Nails   Primary Artist
Adrian Belew   Guitar
Mike Garson   Piano
Bill Rieflin   Drums
Barbara Wilson   Background Vocals
Leslie Wilson   Background Vocals
Jerome Dillon   Drums
Elquine Rice   Background Vocals
Terry Rice   Background Vocals
Clint Mansell   Choir, Chorus
Danny Lohner   Synthesizer,Guitar,Ambience
Keith Hillebrandt   Choir, Chorus
Tracy Hardin   Background Vocals
Heather Bennet   Background Vocals
Buddha Boys Choir   Choir, Chorus,Chant
Buddha Debutante Choir   Background Vocals
Di Coleman   Background Vocals
Melissa Daigle   Background Vocals
Steve Duda   Percussion,Violin,Choir, Chorus
Eric Edmonson   Choir, Chorus
Cherry Holly   Trumpet
Doug Idleman   Choir, Chorus
Marcus London   Choir, Chorus
Denise Milfrot   Vocals
Judy Miller   Background Vocals
Gary I. Neal   Background Vocals
Christine Parrish   Background Vocals
Adam Persaud   Choir, Chorus
Martha Prevost   Vocals
M. Gabriela Rivas   Background Vocals
Nick Scott   Choir, Chorus
Rodney Sulton   Background Vocals
Stefani Taylor   Background Vocals
Nigel Wiesehan   Choir, Chorus
Willie   Cello
Martha Wood   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Albini   Engineer
Paul Bradley   Programming
Charles Clouser   Programming,Atmosphere
Paul DeCarli   Programming
Alan Moulder   Producer,Engineer
Trent Reznor   Programming,Producer
Dave Ogilvie   Engineer
David Carson   Art Direction
Danny Lohner   drum programming
Brian Pollack   Engineer
Leo Herrera   Engineer
Keith Hillebrandt   Programming,Sound Design
Steve Duda   Programming
Jeff Anderson   Artist Relations

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The Fragile 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Instrumental brilliance! Trent nailed another album! This is a must have to add to a fan collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every last note on these CDs sounds beautiful to my ears, and it all melds so beautifully into a perfect an entrancing mesh of thought provoking lyrics, carefully constructed melodies and harmonies, as well as some sheer vitriol (Somewhat Damaged, The Big Come Down). I cannot stress how much I recommend this album. ''She shines/In a world full of ugliness/She matters/When everything is meaningless'' This is surely a masterpiece. Period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is by far the best NIN CD ever released. I really wish that there was more music like this out there. NIN has a different approach to things then all the ''pop'' music that's out there. If you hate ''pop'' you'll like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's funny how you could possibly sum up the idea behind each NIN's album in one word descriptions. Pretty Hate Machine-Anger/Sadness, The Downward Spiral-Depression/Addiction, The Fragile-Beauty/Hope, With Teeth-Raw/Illusions, Year Zero-Hallucinations/Corruption. I've never heard of a band who's each and every album tells an individual story like NIN. The Fragile is just one of these many masterpieces. This is the only band that will have any meaning left 50 years from now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album, although sporting sharp sonic teeth, is a grave disappointment from a previously creative mind. The same themes that supported Reznor's cleverly rendered anguish on ''...Spiral'' come across on this embarrassing collection as little more than a vain temper tantrum. It seems apparent this album represents a creative plateau the band is struggling to move past...the most glaring indication of which is the presence of musical passages identical to some found on ''...Spiral'' As ambient music I found this album very enjoyable...but as a cohesive and intelligent work of art it presents itself as being very VERY thin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Fragile is such an awesome album. With many different moods. Anger put in songs like No You Don't and Starf#$%ers, Inc. Also, this has many inspirational songs. The Great Below: I decend from grace/in arms of undertow/ I will take my place/ in the great below. This is worth the money, and feels like a normal amount of time whenever you are used to it. I admit to not liking it the first listen. But then you expirience. That's why this is cool also. Still mixing the old stuff with this new Fragile disc because it's that essential. Go get it if you've been collecting. Even for the non-NIN fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trent Reznor is a musical genious. I'm usually not a hard core, goth music type of guy when it comes to music, but this had to be an exception. This a wonderful, great, awsome cd. If you don't have it then get it, now. right now. STOP READING THIS NOW AND BUY IT. SERIOUSLY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nine Inch Nails and Trent Reznor have yet again created another work of art with 'The Fragile' The album takes the listener through the dark and light of the psychosis of it's creator, and does so without flaw. Beyond amazing tracks include 'Starf-ckers Inc.'which may clue the lister to actually wonder who was in mind when the lyrics were being written and 'The Fragile' a song that has the capacity to send chills down a once stable spine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the fragile is the best NIN album i've heard in a long time; even better than the downward spiral which many longtime fans cite as the best of the bunch. i've been listening to it constantly since i bought it in 99 but i still haven't tired of it. this is one of the albums you keep so your children could listen to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While there is not a wasted note on this entire double album, many of NIN's original fans may be disappointed to hear what amounts to an audio maturity on the part of Trent Reznor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Fragile is a two disc composotion of Trent Reznor's ability to blend soft music and industrial noise flawlessly. Each song forces emotions such as anger, confusion, and love to erupt from the listener in a way that shakes their soul. This CD is a must-have for not only the avid NIN fan but for lovers of music everywhere.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trent Reznor is the model of all great musicians! Really wonderful, the best of nails is poured into this album
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album may not be Trents hardest album but I believe it to be the deepest. All of Trents sounds and lyrics bring out extreme emotion in his music. I greatly enjoy all he produces.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first listen it's alot to handle, but all of it must be listened to or it wouldn't sound complete. it's a dark, complex journey with more downs than ups...a blend of dreams, nightmares and hits of harsh reality. Great music that will keep the listener hearing new ,different sounds and atmospheres with each listen...The Frail is simple yet complex in it's beauty and a wonderful intro to The Wretched, Into The Void is almost danceable if it didn't make you think so much...each song is individual yet they all blend well to make The Fragile the incredible album it is!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is really a great record. Downward was hard and loud and in your face (which rocked) this record takes it's time and the songs are so well crafted that its really a piece of art. there was so much hype for this record after Downward came out so i can only image why it took so long and the pressure he was under. all in all it was well worth the weight. amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not just another 2-CD set. This is not just another album. This is a complete work of art, even moreso than Downward Spiral. It is depressing, happy, mature. I love this album, as do I love the Nine Inch Nails. Buy this, period. ''Tried to save myself but myself keeps slippin'''
Guest More than 1 year ago
a couple mesmerizing songs but the rest is a little disappointing so i guess(?) that its worth buying(!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is NIN¿s best work so far. It isn¿t just music-it¿s an experience. The songs are so well crafted, and the album flows and weaves better than anything else I¿ve heard. This is a true testament to the genius that is NIN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a fairly recent NIN fan, I was knocked over by the force and power of Trent Reznor's 'The Fragile'. Ranging from heavy, angst-filled lyrics to simply beautiful instrumentals, this set is a stunning work of feeling and sound.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every 20 years, an earth shaking album comes out (or two). Last time, it was Pink Floyd's the Wall and The Clash's London Calling (coincidence that they are usually double albums?). They helped shape a generation. For those of you who were wondering what was next - the wait is over. The Fragile is it. This masterpiece is the soundtrack for a new generation brought up sucking the big digital teat of an omnipresent digital mama. The Fragile is unrelenting, remorseless and inescapably addicting. While it is admittedly more accessible than Trents previous offerings, The Fragile is captivating in it's complexity and depth. I challenge all who previously shied away from Mr. Reznor's music to give this a few spins, and then see where their loyalties lie. Don't be afraid, it's just music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With a combination of piano, violin, electrical guitars, and drums the Fragile is one of the best albums I have ever listened to. Every type of music is there. You got slow, heavy, French, only music, and everything. BUY IT!! you will love NIN
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trent Reznor has always loaded the Nine Inch Nails albums and halos with dark beats, and horribly depressing insane evil. The Fragile takes his maniacal music to new heights, adding another dimension to the sound, making the album retain the melancholy and darkness, but radiate purity in it's musical depths and layers. The Fragile is a marvelous CD on any scale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite album of all time. I usually like more ''poppy'' rock music, like KoRn and the Deftones, but The Fragile is so amazingly striking that it pulled me right in. It goes from delicate piano to rhythmic, danceable, pounding industrial. This is most definitely a genre-defying masterpiece.
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