The SlipSo yeah, late last night, only a few months after releasing an expansive instrumental double album for just a $5 download, nine inch nails releases a new 10-track/43 min album completely for free. Not instrumentals this time, but a more standard album called “the slip” and available for download in many different audio formats. And it ain’t a bad album either. Don’t really know where this one falls sonically or thematically in relation to other releases, it’s a somewhat hard to classify album. Tracks are as follows:

  1. 999,999
  2. 1,000,000
  3. letting you
  4. discipline
  5. echoplex
  6. head down
  7. lights in the sky
  8. corona radiata
  9. the four of us are dying
  10. demon seed

The first track is a weird glitchy intro to the album. The four tacks that follow sound like they could be at home with the 2005 release [with_teeth], except done better, louder, harder. In fact, the songs “1,000,000″ and especially “letting you” are about as loud and angry as I have ever heard nine inch nails. The song “Discipline,” which was released a few weeks ago as a radio single, sounds like Trent said “Okay, lets make a dancy song like ‘Only‘, except this time not so silly sounding.”

“Head Down” is immediately my favorite of the album. Doesn’t really sound like anything else I have heard by nin, the chorus is warm lush all while glitch and distortion rule the background. “Lights in the Sky” is your nin-standard quiet song that every album seems to have. “Corona Radiata” and “The Four of Us Are Dying” are instrumentals that sounds like they would be at home on The Fragile, aside from the layers, note the signature guitar stylings. The last track, “Demon Seed” is another one that is hard to place, some of the synth sounds are reminiscent of the Reznor-produced Saul Williams album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, regardless, it’s probably my second favorite song on the album and has some unique lyrical progression.

I also find it interesting that I noted a trend on nine inch nails discussion boards where fans were wishing they could have the option to pay for this release. Like some sort of strange Stockholm’s syndrome, once released from the captivity of the status quo for record releases, they try to go running back to something more familiar.

Below I have set up a playlist with the entire album, so you can just go ahead and check it out now if you like:

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