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The online merchant must be an established site, as determined by HollywoodMemorabilia. The product cannot be purchased in a 'Deal Of The Week" sale. Click here to see qualifications. Contact Us. Looking to depart from the distorted production of their previous record, The Downward Spiral , the album features elements of ambient and electronic music, alongside the band's traditional industrial rock sound.
Lyrically, the record brings over some of the themes from The Downward Spiral , including depression and drug abuse. The album notably contains more instrumental sections than their previous work, some of which span entire tracks.
The Fragile is also one of the band's longest studio releases, clocking in at nearly one and three quarter hours long. Several accompanying recordings were also released, including a remix album, Things Falling Apart , a live album, And All That Could Have Been , as well as an alternate version of the record, The Fragile: Deviations 1 Upon release, the album received a positive response from critics, who applauded its ambition and composition, although some criticized its length and perceived lack of lyrical substance.
Retrospectively, it is cited by many critics and audiences to be among the band's best work. The album debuted at number one in the US, becoming their first chart-topper, and was eventually certified double-platinum by RIAA. Charlie Clouser and Danny Lohner contributed occasional instrumentation and composition to several tracks although the album was predominantly written and performed by Reznor alone. The packaging was created by David Carson and Rob Sheridan.
Over a year before the album's release, Reznor suggested — presumably deliberately misleadingly — that the album would "be irritating to people because it's not traditional Nine Inch Nails. Think of the most ridiculous music you could ever imagine with nursery rhymes over the top of it. A bunch of pop songs. In contrast to the heavily distorted instruments and gritty industrial sounds of their previous album, The Downward Spiral ,  The Fragile relies more on soundscapes , electronic beats, ambient noise, rock-laden guitar, and the usage of melodies as harmonies.
Several critics noted that the album was seemingly influenced by progressive rock , art rock , electronica , and avant-garde music. The album also features several distorted guitar parts which Powers suggests that fans can enjoy. Described by Reznor as a sequel to The Downward Spiral —an album with a plot detailing the destruction of a man— The Fragile is a concept album dealing with his personal issues, including depression, angst, and drug abuse.
His vocals, for the most part, are more melodic and somewhat softer, a departure from his harsh and often angry singing in previous works. However, several music critics including Reznor noticed the lack of lyrics on the album. Reznor compared the lyrical content of the two albums:. I wanted this album to sound like there was something inherently flawed in the situation, like someone struggling to put the pieces together.
The Downward Spiral was about peeling off layers and arriving at a naked, ugly end. This album starts at the end, then attempts to create order from chaos, but never reaches the goal.
It's probably a bleaker album because it arrives back where it starts — with the same emotion. This wasn't just ennui: this was an active, aggressive, angry lack of caring. It's not 'Let's kill ourselves'; it's 'Let's kill each other' It's not rock 'n' roll and it's not classical. It's something in between. According to a CIA document entitled Guidelines for Interrogation Methods the song "Somewhat Damaged" was one of 13 songs played to detainees at Guantanamo Bay , supposedly as a means of torture.
The cover artwork was designed by David Carson. A section within his book Fotografiks   reveals that the top section of the album cover is from a photo of a waterfall and the bottom section is from a closeup photo of the inside of a seashell. Carson elaborated on this further in an image on his website:. Trent changed it saying 'it was kinda irritating' yet something about it we liked so maybe it fit the music. Front cover flowers I shot outside of Austin, Texas. The 1 hour place called and said they messed up and used the wrong chemicals and the film was ruined.
I said 'lemme see 'em anyway'. This is how they came out. Cover image is a waterfall in Iceland and a seashell in the West Indies. On September 10, , at the MTV Video Music Awards , a thirty-second teaser trailer was shown on television to promote the then untitled album.
The B-side " Starfuckers, Inc. The live band lineup remained largely the same from the previous tour in support of The Downward Spiral , featuring Robin Finck on guitar, Charlie Clouser on keyboards, and Danny Lohner on bass guitar.
Nine Inch Nails' record label at the time, Interscope Records , reportedly refused to fund the promotional tour following The Fragile' s lukewarm sales. Reznor instead committed to fund the entire tour himself, which quickly sold out. He concluded that "the reality is, I'm broke at the end of the tour", but also added, "I will never present a show that isn't fantastic.
The tour featured increasingly large production values, including a triptych video display created by contemporary video artist Bill Viola. While making the DVD, Reznor commented on the tour in retrospect by saying "I thought the show was really, really good when we were doing it",  but later wrote that "I can't watch it at all.
I was sick for most of that tour and I really don't think it was Nine Inch Nails at its best. On September 21, —the tenth anniversary of the album's release—a Nine Inch Nails official Twitter update hinted that a deluxe 5. During an interview with The New York Times that was broadcast on January 7, , after questioned about the album Reznor explained:. The Fragile is weird because when it came out it felt like everyone hated it to me, and now it feels like it's everyone's favorite album, fan-wise.
I was probably going to save this for some other announcement, but Alan Moulder 's spent a couple of months restoring all the multitracks , prepping for a surround mix, and we plan on doing that this spring, and I'm not sure when it's going to come out but it's just something I'd like to get done and there's no record better than that to get surround mixed.
It has to be Alan Moulder, and we both look back at that record — I've just spent some time with him now, he's still a very good friend of mine — and the experience of doing it in the bound that we had in literally two years, every day working together on that, was one of the best times in our lives. I think, in hindsight, I should have had [ The Fragile ] two single records, much Radiohead style with Kid A and Amnesiac , recorded at once, broken into two digestible chunks.
Hey, it is what it is, but I thought about going back, redoing bits that I would mess around with to see how it would be if I were to do that record now, but I don't know if I should phase. Sometime this year expect something to come out surround-wise. While on tour in in Australia and New Zealand, Reznor was interviewed by a local reporter and was quoted about the reissue stating:.
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