Most of my friends know of my love of all things Trent Reznor. From the point that I was introduced to Nine Inch Nails in high school, the band’s frontman never ceased to be my favorite musician (except for maybe Jonathan Bates). Officially, it’s a bit silly to call NIN a “band,” since the lineup has always been secondary to Reznor’s one-man creative process.
Beginning with Pretty Hate Machine in 1989, NIN has released a total of 27 CDs (or halos) – seven LPs with the rest being EPs, B-sides, and remix albums. With the exception of a few years between The Fragile (1999) and With Teeth (2004), this is the longest that we’ve gone without an official Nine Inch Nails LP release. Until today. So let’s talk about the new single, “Came Back Haunted” and what it says about NIN’s new direction, Reznor’s musical growth, and my odd relationship with this strange, strange man.