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Learn more about Fragile (Explicit Version):

Format: CD
Sku: 60347634
UPC: 606949047320
UPC 14: 00606949047320
Release Date: 9/21/1999
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Somewhat Damaged ~ Nine Inch Nails
2. Day The World Went Away, The ~ Nine Inch Nails
3. Frail, The ~ Nine Inch Nails
4. Wretched, The ~ Nine Inch Nails
5. We're In This Together ~ Nine Inch Nails
6. Fragile, The ~ Nine Inch Nails
7. Just Like You Imagined ~ Nine Inch Nails
8. Even Deeper ~ Nine Inch Nails
9. Pilgrimage ~ Nine Inch Nails
10. No, You Don't ~ Nine Inch Nails
11. La Mer ~ Nine Inch Nails
12. Great Below, The ~ Nine Inch Nails
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Way Out Is Through, The ~ Nine Inch Nails
2. Into The Void ~ Nine Inch Nails
3. Where Is Everybody? ~ Nine Inch Nails
4. Mark Has Been Made, The ~ Nine Inch Nails
5. Please ~ Nine Inch Nails
6. Starfuckers, Inc. ~ Nine Inch Nails
7. Complication ~ Nine Inch Nails
8. I'm Looking Forward To Joining You, Finally ~ Nine Inch Nails
9. Big Come Down, The ~ Nine Inch Nails
10. Underneath It All ~ Nine Inch Nails
11. Ripe (With Decay) ~ Nine Inch Nails
This double CD album "The Fragile" is very much a record meant to be listened to in one sitting. The album once again is performed with bombastic NIN monster guitars.

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Nine Inch Nails: Trent Reznor (vocals, various instruments, programming).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Keith Hillebrandt, Charlie Clouser, Paul Decarli, Steve Duda, Clinton Bradley (programming).
Muze PNote Engineers include: Alan Moulder, Brian Pollack, Steve Albini.
Muze PNote Recorded at Nothing Studios, New Orleans. Louisiana.
Muze PNote THE FRAGILE was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Performance. "Starfuckers, Inc." was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Muze PNote "Into The Void" was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance.
Muze PNote Personnel: Denise Milfrot, Martha Prevost (vocals); Buddha Boys Choir (chant); Danny Lohner (guitar, synthesizer, drum programming); Adrian Belew (guitar); Steve Duda (violin, percussion, programming); Willie (cello); Cherry Holly (trumpet); Mike Garson (piano); Jerome Dillon, Bill Rieflin (drums); Paul Bradley, Keith Hillebrandt, Trent Reznor, Paul DeCarli, Charles Clouser (programming); Christine Parrish, Martha Wood, M. Gabriela Rivas, Di Coleman, Melissa Daigle, Rodney Sulton, Terry Rice, Gary I. Neal, Judy Miller, Buddha Debutante Choir, Tracy Hardin, Heather Bennet, Stefani Taylor, Elquine Rice, Leslie Wilson, Barbara Wilson (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Alan Moulder.
Muze PNote Recording information: Nothing Studios, New Orleans, LA.
Muze PNote Photographer: David Carson.
Muze PNote As the double-disc The Fragile unfurls, all of Nine Inch Nails' trademarks -- gargantuan, processed guitars, ominous electro rhythms, near-ambient keyboards, Trent Reznor's shredded vocals and tortured words -- are unveiled, all sounding pretty much how they did on The Downward Spiral. Upon closer inspection, there are new frills, yet these aren't apparent without digging. The Fragile lives up to its title once the first disc is over. There are some detours into noisy bluster (some, like the Marilyn Manson dis "Starfuckers, Inc.," work quite well) but they're surrounded by long, evocative instrumental sections that highlight Reznor's gifts for arrangement. Whenever Reznor crafts delicate, alternately haunting and pretty soundscapes or interesting sonic juxtapositions, The Fragile is compelling. Since they provide a change of pace, the bursts of industrial noise assist the flow of the album, which never feels indulgent, even though it runs over 100 minutes. There's no denying that it's often gripping, offering odd and interesting variations on NIN themes. Reznor's music is immaculately crafted and arranged, with every note and nuance gliding into the next. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: Alan Moulder; Trent Reznor

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Adrian Belew
Muze Guest Artist Mike Garson

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Natural Born Killers (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations The Slip (Limited Edition+DVD)

Associated Artists and Works

Natural Born Killers [Original Soundtrack] [PA] ~ Original Soundtrack
Rockabye Baby!
Ya Baby String Quartet (The)
Ya Baby! String Quartet
Ya Baby!!! String Quartet

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/21/1999
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1999
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CIDD 8091
Music Label Name Label : Nothing/Interscope
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00606949047320

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (10/14/99, p.120)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...[Reznor's] version of Pink Floyd's THE WALL...[venting] his alienation and misery into paranoid studio hallucinations, each track crammed with overdubs until there's no breathing's New Wave with its finger on the trigger..."

Spin (11/99, pp.179-80)
- 9 out of 10 - "...[Reznor's] epic portrayal of the endless, aimless inner din....THE FRAGILE is a good old-fashioned strap-on-your-headphones experience....a concept album....He tries to leap into an ocean of sound, but a breakbeat throws him back on shore..."

Entertainment Weekly (9/24/99, pp.142-3)
- "...THE FRAGILE feels freshest, and most like a progression from THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL when the music struggles upward toward some sort of transcendence....hard rock simply doesn't get any smarter, harder, or more ambitious than this." - Rating: A-

Q (12/99, p.142)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...Reznor expertly sculpts his sounds like an electro-grunge Henry Moore..."

Alternative Press (11/99, pp.118-9)
- 5 out of 5 - "...relevant as ever....nothing short of astounding....THE FRAGILE is Reznor's bid to be not only successful but also Important. And I think he's made it..."

Kerrang (Magazine)
- "[I]t really is Reznor at his multi-layered, emotionally charged, experimental best."

Mojo (Publisher)
(12/99, p.110)
- " impressively multi-textured, satisfyingly violent sonic workout..."

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