The Fragile (Nine Inch Nails album)

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The Fragile
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Studio album by Nine Inch Nails
Released September 21, 1999 (1999-09-21)
Recorded January 1997 – February 1999
Studio Nothing Studios (New Orleans)
Genre
Length 103:39
Label
Producer
Nine Inch Nails chronology
Further Down the Spiral
(1995)Further Down the Spiral1995
The Fragile
(1999)
Things Falling Apart
(2000)Things Falling Apart2000
Halo numbers chronology
Halo 13
(1999) Halo 131999
Halo 14
(1999) String Module Error: Match not found1999
Halo 15
(1999) Halo 151999
Singles from The Fragile
  1. "The Day the World Went Away"
    Released: July 20, 1999
  2. "We're in This Together"
    Released: September 27, 1999
  3. "Into the Void"
    Released: January 10, 2000

The Fragile is the third studio album by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, released as a double album on September 21, 1999, by Nothing Records and Interscope Records in the United States and by Island Records in Europe. It was produced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Alan Moulder. The Fragile peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart during its debut week, before dropping to number 16 the following week. The album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 4, 2000, denoting shipments of two million units in the United States. Despite some criticism for its length and lyrical substance,[1][2] the album received positive reviews from most music critics. The Fragile was promoted with three singles: "The Day the World Went Away", "We're in This Together", "Into the Void," as well as "Starfuckers, Inc.," which was released as a radio-only promotional single.

A companion remix album titled Things Falling Apart was released in 2000; in 2016, as part of Nine Inch Nails' campaign to release all of their albums on vinyl, the band announced an extended instrumental version titled The Fragile: Deviations 1. It was released on vinyl in 2017 and was available for download for people who pre-ordered.

Writing and recording[edit]

The Fragile was produced by Trent Reznor and Alan Moulder at Nothing Studios in New Orleans. There were some personnel changes within Nine Inch Nails after the Self-Destruct tour, which saw drummer Chris Vrenna replaced by Bill Rieflin and Jerome Dillon, the latter of whom would become Nine Inch Nails' full-time drummer until late 2005. 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 Fragile was mixed by Alan Moulder and mastered by Tom Baker. The packaging was created by David Carson and Rob Sheridan.[3]

Music and lyrics[edit]

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."[4]

In contrast to the heavily distorted instruments and gritty industrial sounds of their previous album, The Downward Spiral,[5] 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.[6][7] It is categorized as an art rock album by The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004),[8] Edna Gundersen of USA Today,[9] and Will Hermes of Entertainment Weekly. Hermes views that, like "art-rockers" King Crimson and David Bowie, Reznor incorporates elements of 20th-century classical music on the album, "mixing prepared piano melodies à la John Cage with thematic flavor from Claude Debussy".[10] Music journalist Ann Powers observes elements of progressive rock bands King Crimson and Roxy Music, Reznor's influences, and the experimentation of electronica artists such as Autechre and Squarepusher, and writes that The Fragile uses funk bass lines, North African minor-key modalities, and the treatment of tonality by Symbolist composers like Debussy. The album also features several distorted guitar parts which Powers suggests that fans can enjoy.[11] Rob Sheffield observes a "prog-rock vibe" akin to Pink Floyd's 1979 album The Wall and feels that The Fragile is similarly "a double album that vents ... alienation and misery into paranoid studio hallucinations, each track crammed with overdubs until there's no breathing room".[12]

"About 10 years ago or so I locked myself away in a house on the ocean, and I tried to... I said I was trying to write some music, some of which wound up on The Fragile. But what I was really doing was trying to kill myself. And the whole time I was away by myself, I managed to write one song, which is this song. So when I play it I feel pretty weird about it, because it takes me back to a pretty dark and awful time in my life. It's weird to think how different things are now: I'm still alive, I haven't died yet. And I'm afraid to go back to that place because it feels kind of haunting to me, but I'm going to go back. I'm going to get married [to Mariqueen Maandig] there."
 —Reznor, on the origins of the song, "La Mer", at a 2009 performance in Mansfield, MA.[13]

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.[14][15] The Bulletin interprets it as an industrial rock album about "fear and loathing that could compete with Pink Floyd's The Wall".[16] In some ways, The Fragile is a response to The Downward Spiral. 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, the album begins "Somewhat Damaged" and ends "Ripe (With Decay)".[14]

The song "I'm Looking Forward to Joining You, Finally" is credited in the album's booklet as "for clara", suggesting that the song's topic, like "The Day the World Went Away", is about Reznor's grandmother, Clara Clark.[citation needed]

Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk singled out "The Wretched" for comment: "I remember being amazed when I first heard this... 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."[17]

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.[18]

Packaging[edit]

The cover artwork was designed by David Carson. A section within his book Fotografiks[19][20] 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:

[The] back [cover] was going to be the front until the last moment. 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.[21]

Promotion[edit]

The first single, "The Day the World Went Away", was released two months before the album. "Into the Void" and "We're in This Together" proved to be the album's most successful singles. The B-side "Starfuckers, Inc." was released on the album as a track at the last minute[citation needed], and served as a promotional single for The Fragile.

In support of The Fragile, the Nine Inch Nails live band reformed for the Fragility tour, the tour began in late 1999 and lasted until mid-2000, spanning Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and North America.[22] The tour consisted of two major legs, labeled Fragility 1.0 and Fragility 2.0. 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.[23][24] Reznor held open auditions to find a new drummer, eventually picking then-unknown Jerome Dillon.[25]

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."[26]

The tour featured increasingly large production values, including a triptych video display created by contemporary video artist Bill Viola.[27] Rolling Stone magazine named Fragility the best tour of 2000.[28]

In 2002, the tour documentary And All That Could Have Been was released featuring performances from the Fragility 2.0 tour. 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",[29] 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."[30]

Reissue[edit]

On September 21, 2009—the tenth anniversary of the album's release—a Nine Inch Nails official Twitter update hinted that a deluxe 5.1 surround audio reissue of The Fragile was in the works and was scheduled for a 2010 release.[31]

During an interview with The New York Times that was broadcast on January 7, 2011, 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.[32]

While on tour in 2014 in Australia and New Zealand, Reznor was interviewed by a local reporter and was quoted about the reissue stating:

Yeah, we've done a lot of the work for that. Really what it's come down to is with all the other stuff going on, the Fragile thing in particular, I want to make sure I get it right. You know, we've mixed everything in surround, it sounds amazing, we have a great package ready to go. I just stumbled across 40-or-so demos that are from that era that didn't turn into songs, that range from sound effects to full-fledge pieces of music, and I kind of feel like - something should happen with that.

And I think it has something to do with that package, and I just need the bandwidth to kind of calmly think about it, and decide how much effort I want to devote into that and what to do with it. I have a lot of ideas that could eat up immense amounts of time and I'm trying to weigh out - just think it through. I don't want to pull the trigger on something and go, 'Man, I should have done it in this way.' And I just haven't had a chance to be in a calm place where I can think it through completely and make that decision.[33]

"The Fragile occupies a very interesting and intimate place in my heart. I was going through a turbulent time in my life when making it and revisiting it has become a form of therapy for me, as an experiment, I removed all the vocals from the record and found it became a truly changed experience that worked on a different yet compelling level. The Fragile: Deviations 1 represents Atticus and I embellishing the original record with a number of tracks from those sessions we didn't use before. The result paints a complimentary but different picture we wanted to share."
— Reznor, in a press release for The Fragile: Deviations 1[34]

In June 2015, an instrumental version of the album was released to Apple Music,[35] this version of the album also includes alternative versions of "The Frail", "Just Like You Imagined", "Pilgrimage", "La Mer", "The Mark Has Been Made", and "Complication", the instrumental version of "The Day the World Went Away (Quiet)", an extended version of "+Appendage", a demo version of "10 Miles High" called "Hello, Everything Is Not OK", and three previously unreleased tracks from The Fragile ("The March" and "Can I Stay Here?")

On December 16, 2016, a reissue of the vinyl version of The Fragile was announced, alongside an expanded, instrumental version, titled The Fragile: Deviations 1. This version of The Fragile contains all songs in either instrumental or alternate formats, and combines them with newly released songs written and recorded during the sessions for The Fragile. Deviations 1 consists of a one-off 4xLP pressing, to be released in 2017. A digital download is included with the purchase, made available on December 23, 2016.[36]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[37]
Christgau's Consumer Guide B[38]
Entertainment Weekly A−[10]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[39]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[40]
NME 5/10[2]
Pitchfork 8.7/10[41]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[12]
Spin 9/10[11]
USA Today 4/4 stars[9]

The Fragile received generally positive reviews from contemporary critics.[42] Mojo called it "an impressively multi-textured, satisfyingly violent sonic workout",[43] and Alternative Press found it "nothing short of astounding".[44] Edna Gundersen of USA Today called it "meticulously honed and twisted to baffle, tantalize, disarm and challenge the listener", and wrote that "the coats of polish ... can't camouflage Trent Reznor's perverse and subversive paths to musical glory."[9] Ann Powers of Spin called the album "a good old-fashioned strap-on-your-headphones experience".[11] Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote that, although he "doesn't approach suicide as he did on" The Downward Spiral, "Reznor can hide in the studio and piece together music that's as cunning, and disquieting, as his raw anger used to be."[6] Will Hermes of Entertainment Weekly viewed that, even "if [Reznor's] emotional palette is limited, it remains broader than any of his metalhead peers", and that, "right now, hard rock simply doesn't get any smarter, harder, or more ambitious than this."[10] Robert Hilburn of the Los Angeles Times wrote that, despite its length, "this is a profoundly challenging and moving work that strikes at the hollowness of most contemporary pop-rock with bullwhip force."[40] The Guardian's Adam Sweeting praised it as "a fearsomely accomplished mix of monster riffing, brooding melodies and patches of minimalist soul-searching".[39] Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield felt that the album's "excess is Reznor's chosen shock tactic here, and what's especially shocking is how much action he packs into his digital via dolorosa."[12]

In a negative review, Pitchfork's Brent DiCrescenzo panned the album's lyrics as "overly melodramatic".[1] John Aizlewood of Q felt that it is "let down by Reznor's refusal to trouble himself with melody and by some embarrassing lyrics".[45] NME's Victoria Segal panned its music as "background" and accused it of "chas[ing] 'crossover'", with "grey rock sleet masquerading as a storm beneath a haze of 'experimental' textures."[2] Scott Seward of The Village Voice facetiously commended Reznor for "once again ... pioneering the marriage of heavy guitars, moody atmospherics, electronic drones and beats, and aggressive singing. Just like Killing Joke 20 years ago."[46] Village Voice critic Robert Christgau was even less receptive, writing that "Reznor delivers double-hoohah, every second remixed till it glistens like broken glass on a prison wall. Is the way he takes his petty pain out on the world a little, er, immature for a guy who's pushing 35? Never mind, I'm told—just immerse in the music".[38]

The Fragile was included on several magazines' "end-of-year" album lists, including The Village Voice (number 14), Rolling Stone (number four), and Spin (number one).[47] In a retrospective review, The Rolling Stone Album Guide (2004) gave it three-and-a-half out of five stars and wrote that, as "NIN's monumental double-disc bid for the art-rock crown, The Fragile sounds fantastic from start to finish, but there aren't enough memorable tunes underneath the alluring surfaces."[8] AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine offered similar criticism, writing that "Reznor's music is immaculately crafted and arranged, with every note and nuance gliding into the next — but he spent more time constructing surfaces than songs. Those surfaces can be enticing but since it's just surface, The Fragile winds up being vaguely unsatisfying."[37] In 2005, The Fragile was ranked number 341 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[48] But, even if initial reception was mixed, the album has gotten a cult following from Nine Inch Nails fans; in 2016, Exclaim! listed The Fragile at number two on their "Essential Albums" list for Nine Inch Nails, citing it as their most ambitious work and "a tragic if not stunning portrait of depression."[49] Pitchfork would later reassess the album in their review of the album's 2017 "Definitive Edition", describing it as Reznor's "magnum opus... The Fragile scrapes the sky like never before."[41]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Fragile debuted atop the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 229,000 copies, earning the band their first number-one album on the chart.[50] The album fell to number 16 the following week, becoming the biggest drop from number one at the time,[51] on January 4, 2000, the album was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[52] and by May 2005, it had sold 898,000 copies in the United States.[50]

Steven Hyden of The A.V. Club writes that Reznor developed Nine Inch Nails from its role as a prominent rock act and by the time he finished recording The Fragile, alternative rock's overall popularity declined with several of Nine Inch Nails' contemporaries being disestablished or displaced by newer bands. Hyden also attributes the album's commercial performance to the rise of file-sharing on the Internet, which deviated from the alternative rock movement's emphasis on "fetishized vinyl" and "music festivals as peaceful places for young people to commune and dream of better futures."[53]

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

All tracks written by Trent Reznor, except where noted.

Left disc
No. Title Length
1. "Somewhat Damaged" (writers: Reznor, Danny Lohner) 4:31
2. "The Day the World Went Away" 4:33
3. "The Frail" (Instrumental) 1:54
4. "The Wretched" 5:25
5. "We're in This Together" 7:16
6. "The Fragile" 4:35
7. "Just Like You Imagined" (Instrumental) 3:49
8. "Even Deeper" (writers: Reznor, Lohner) 5:48
9. "Pilgrimage" (Instrumental) 3:31
10. "No, You Don't" 3:35
11. "La Mer" 4:37
12. "The Great Below" 5:17
Total length: 54:51
Right disc
No. Title Length
1. "The Way Out Is Through" (writers: Reznor, Keith Hillebrandt, Charlie Clouser) 4:17
2. "Into the Void" 4:49
3. "Where Is Everybody?" 5:40
4. "The Mark Has Been Made" (Instrumental; includes a hidden intro to "10 Miles High") 5:15
5. "Please" 3:30
6. "Starfuckers, Inc." (writers: Reznor, Clouser) 5:00
7. "Complication" (Instrumental) 2:30
8. "I'm Looking Forward to Joining You, Finally" 4:13
9. "The Big Come Down" 4:12
10. "Underneath It All" 2:46
11. "Ripe (With Decay)" (Instrumental) 6:34
Total length: 48:46

Cassette[edit]

This release is identical to the CD pressing, with the exclusive addition of "+appendage" attached to the end of "Please".

Vinyl[edit]

This release of The Fragile contains the songs "10 Miles High" and "The New Flesh" (both of which were later released as part of the "We're in This Together" and "Into the Void" singles, dependent on territory.) "The Day the World Went Away", "The Wretched", "Even Deeper" and "La Mer" are all extended mixes, while the opening and closing of each side eliminates the crossfading between songs found on the CD and cassette versions, due to the nature of the vinyl medium. Finally, "Ripe" was shortened by removing the conclusive "(With Decay)" portion of the song.

The Fragile: Deviations 1[edit]

The Fragile: Deviations 1
Compilation album by Nine Inch Nails
Released December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Recorded January 1997 – February 1999
Studio Nothing Studios (New Orleans)
Genre
Length 155:46
Label The Null Corporation
Producer
Nine Inch Nails chronology
Not the Actual Events
(2016)Not the Actual Events2016
The Fragile: Deviations 1
(2016)
Add Violence
(2017)Add Violence2017
Halo numbers chronology
"Halo 29"
(2016) String Module Error: Match not found2016
"Halo 30"
(2016) String Module Error: Match not found2016
"Halo 31"
(2017) String Module Error: Match not found2017
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[54]
Pitchfork 6.6/10[55]

This version of The Fragile contains all songs in either instrumental or alternate formats, and combines them with newly released songs written and recorded during the sessions for The Fragile. Deviations 1 consists of a one-off 4xLP pressing, available through pre-orders only.[36]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Fragile.[56]

  • Trent Reznor – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, upright bass, cello, violin, piano, synthesizers, mellotron, ukulele, mandolin, percussion, programming, producer
  • Tom Baker – mastering
  • Leo Herrera – engineer
  • Bob Ezrin – album sequencing assistant
  • Mason Kemmer – violin, donair supplier
  • Paul DeCarli – programming
  • Charlie Clouser – programming, synthesizers, atmospheres
  • Clinton Bradley – programming, technical assistant to Bob Ezrin
  • Danny Lohner – drum programming, ambiance, synthesizers, guitars (1, 7, 8, 12, 15, 19)
  • Buddha Boys Choir – choir, chorus, chant (9, 18)
  • Keith Hillebrandt – choir, programming, additional sound design, chorus (9, 18)
  • Steve Duda – choir, programming, percussion (9), chorus (9, 18), violin (23)
  • Buddha Debutante Choir – backing vocals (2)
  • Heather Bennett – backing vocals (2)
  • Melissa Daigle – backing vocals (2)
  • Jerome Dillon – drums (5)
  • Adrian Belew – guitars (7, 12, 15)
  • Mike Garson – piano (7, 13, 23)
  • Di Coleman – backing vocals (8)
  • Dr. Dre – mixing assistant (8)
  • Tracy Hardin – backing vocals (8)
  • Cherry Holly – trumpet (9)
  • Page Hamilton – guitar (10)
  • Marcus London – choir, chorus (18)
  • Doug Idleman – choir, chorus (18)
  • Eric Edmonson – choir, chorus (18)
  • Alan Moulder – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Brian Pollack – engineer
  • Clint Mansell – choir, chorus (9, 18)
  • Adam Persaud – choir, chorus (18)
  • Matthew Nicholls – backing vocals
  • Dave Ogilvie – engineer
  • M. Gabriela Rivas – backing vocals (2)
  • Christine Parrish – backing vocals (2)
  • Judy Miller – backing vocals (2)
  • Martha Wood – backing vocals (2)
  • Fae Young - backing vocals (2)
  • Rodney Sulton – backing vocals (8)
  • Stefani Taylor – backing vocals (8)
  • Nigel Wiesehan – choir, chorus (18)
  • Barbara Wilson – backing vocals (8)
  • Leslie Wilson – backing vocals (8)
  • Gary I. Neal – backing vocals (8)
  • Traci Nelson - backing vocals (8)
  • Elquine L. Rice – backing vocals (8)
  • Terry L. Rice – backing vocals (8)
  • Denise Milfort – vocals (11)
  • Bill Rieflin – drums (11)
  • Willie – cello (11)
  • Kim Prevost – vocals (14)
  • Nick Scott – choir, chorus (18)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[72] 2× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[73] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[52] 2× Platinum 898,000[50]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

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