Nine Inch Nails

Bad Witch

2018

This album was released 21 weeks ago.

76% ±14% 19 reviews
# Song 4WIM
1 Shit Mirror
2 Ahead of Ourselves
3 Play the Goddamned Part
4 God Break Down the Door
5 I'm Not from This World
6 Over and Out
Rating Source
76% 4WIM Rating
100% Soundblab It’s good, you like it, you play it a lot, you attach thoughts and ideas to it, you continue listening to it, you see the band in concert, you post pictures on social media, you feel important, life goes on.
100% New Musical Express It’s a slight stretch of a statement – ‘Bad Witch’ is less a new visage for Nine Inch Nails, and more a refining of everything that already made them such a formidable force.
100% Louder than war For a forward thinker like Reznor it seems like the trad album format is currently over and, in the streaming age, maybe blip releases are the way forward – like missives from the non stop working artist constructing fragmented pieces of compulsive, propulsive sound on laptops whilst waiting in airports or trying not to succumb to jetlag in chains of hotels.
87% Consequence of Sound
83% Gaffa (Sweden) Detta genom en avskalad minimalistisk och mogen elektronisk natur som med en industriellt brusande paketering pulserar lyssnaren genom Bad Witchs stökiga synapser.
80% The Arts Desk Concluding a trilogy of releases that began with the EPs Not the Actual Events (2016) and Add Violence (2017) '€“ Bad Witch is being called an LP despite its six tracks clocking in at only 30 minutes, a discrepancy that reportedly led an exasperated Trent Reznor to sound out a pernickety fan in an online forum. Short and sharp opening track "Shit Mirror", despite lyrics that speak of "new world, new times, mutation", does feel a little like the NIN of old '€“ that familiar industrial groove and shouty vocal combo '€“ but as soon as that's done and dusted, it's swiftly followed by "Ahead of Ourselves", which is where things start to get a bit more unsettling.
80% The Guardian After last year’s Add Violence, Bad Witch completes the cycle, its three distinct moods suggesting a triptych within a triptych.
80% The Line of Best Fit Initially intended to be the final part of a trilogy which begun with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and Add Violence a year later, Trent Reznor has rather robustly promoted this final piece to a full album release, their first since Hesitation Marks in 2013.
80% The 405 A battle with addiction and an embrace of sobriety followed, and with it a series of albums that saw Reznor grasping at the air to get to the core of what Nine Inch Nails was.
80% The Skinny His passion for pushing musical boundaries, though, remains fierce, and never more so than now has the influence of his mentor, David Bowie, weighted so heavily on a Nine Inch Nails release. Live, the band have been covering both the pair’s 1997 crossover I’m Afraid of Americans – never more apt – and the last track from Bowie’s last album, I Can’t Give Everything Away.
80% DIY Magazine As Trent reflects on the value of a full record (or three of them in a row), from intense start to often intriguing, mysterious endings he conjures some of the most evocative and dense music he’s made so far.
70% Slant Magazine
70% No Ripcord Over the last two years, Trent Reznor has been searching for answers through a trilogy of Nine Inch Nails releases.
67% Nöjesguiden Trots att hela hans turnerande band har bidragit i slutförandet av låtar som Beams haft ofärdiga länge är det akustiska gitarrplockanden kärnan i dessa stillsamma sånger.
65% Earbuddy So, EP or LP doesn’t really matter; it’s new music from Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails that has morphed from his industrial rock band into his collaborative noise project with Atticus Ross.
60% Drowned in Sound What Bad Witch does is uplight a band that’s spinning like a blindfolded piñata kid, not quite sure which direction they’re facing but getting ready with the bat anyway.
60% Tiny Mixtapes Every band lucky enough to sustain itself for decades is often accompanied by a staunch fanbase who perceive their earlier days with greater fondness.
60% Loud & Quiet The post, widely attributed to Nine Inch Nails’ misanthrope frontman Trent Reznor, goes some distance in demystifying the group’s decision to call their latest release ‘Bad Witch’ their ninth studio album despite its curiously short runtime of 30 minutes across six tracks.
50% Renowned for Sound Ahead Of Ourselves and Play The Goddamned Part follow in similar fashion, leading me to the conclusion that this simply is not the band for me.