Projected Release Date:
Early 1999. (Nothing/Interscope)
What's Taking So Long?
According to Trent Reznor, the reason for the delay is simple: He didn't know if he
wanted to continue. "I had to rediscover my passion for wanting to make music," he says.
"A lot of the other shit started to take the shine off it- the celebrity aspect, the constant
competitive backbiting. I've seen that with close friends. For a while it just didn't seem as
appealing to get back in that arena. Not from an 'I'm afraid to do it' point of view but more
from an 'It's not as fun as it used to be' [perspective]. But I think I've got my head turned
What's It Sound Like Now?
The double album Reznor plans to release picks up thematically from "Hurt," the silver of
optimism that closes 1994's The Downward Spiral. According to Reznor, that song was
about "a sense of remorse and awakening, and looking back feeling that it's not all to
blame on others- growing up a little bit about things."
Musically, the maturation process included a lot of trial and error. "I tried to write the
new record from a different perspective, trying to write things that are simpler- maybe
you could play it on a piano and sing it- which I've never tried to do. And I tried and
failed. Everything started to sound like a Billy Joal song and shit that made me want to
kill myself and make sure all the tapes were well destroyed before I offed myself," he
Instead of snuffing himself, Reznor worked at recapturing the "spirit of reinvantion" he
felt while making The Downward Spiral. Now that the spirit's moving him again, he's
getting back to what he does best: being different. "I don't think any artist wants to look at
their own life or career and think, 'Well, I really can only do this one thing good, so fuck
it, I'll just do that, but I don't want to think I'm one of those people. I aspire to be a David
Bowie, some sort of enigma that isn't a one-trick pony."