Nine Inch Nails
Back in the 1990s, Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor said that he wanted to make music that challenged the listener. Bad Witch, the third in a trilogy of EPs (although this one, at 30 minutes of duration, has been labelled an album by Reznor), certainly lives up to that intention. The songs here are dense and raw. Reznor’s perfectionism is still present. The songs are complex and multilayered, but the production and the mood are more akin to an underground band playing in a dingy smoke-filled club late at night. It seems that David Bowie’s shadow and the Twin Peaks Roadhouse may have influenced this album. It’s raw, dense, thick, and requires multiple listens, but it’s certainly rewarding, and the best NIN release in a long time.