So…you know we had to write a review for Year Zero! So…here it is!!
1 – Hyperpower! – Awesome, despite the totally, incredibly, stupendously lame name.
2 – The Beginning of the End – Not bad. Really rock-n-rollish, but not bad at all.
3 – Survivalism – Oh Trent…it’s catchy and the beat and chorus sound awesome, but the deep breathing and lame lyrics make me want to hit a puppy. In the nuts.
4 – The Good Soldier – I love this song. It’s like PHM-era reset to current synths and such. Nice awesome mellowness in the chorus, too. Bravo, good sir.
5 – Vessel – “I let you put it in my mouth”…enough said. WTF Trent…WTF. But I have to say the song as a whole is an orgasm in a file. Reminds me of “The Only Time” lyric-wise with political angst.
6 – Me, I’m Not – Love the beat. I mean looooove it, but don’t like the lyrics that much. Stop doing this to me, Trent!
7 – Capital G – Weeeee! Let’s make fun of Bush! But it’s actually pretty funny. A tad annoying, though, in terms of the singing at the beginning.
8 – My Violent Heart – Trent: “I miss half talk/rapping in my songs….I think I’ll do it again! Horribly, as usual, of course.” Which sucks, because the chorus is awesome. It makes me want to just go crazy.
9 – The Warning – Once again, nice beat…he seems to have a lot of them on this album. Ohhh, the Presence is warning him! Oh noes!!!! ….good song though. Not the best, but not bad.
10 – God Given – I’m sort of on the “meh” side on this song. It’s just sort of not bad, but not great…and nothing really special about it.
11 – Meet Your Master – Again, meh. Reminds me of the late 80s set to a modern beat again, but it just doesn’t do a lot for me.
12 – The Greater Good – I seem to like it when he doesn’t sing. This is no exception. It’s great and sort of reminds me of the end of “Closer” in a way…though I still can’t figure out how. But it’s one of those great weird/sort of creepy instrumentals.
13 – The Great Destroyer – This song really reminds me of another (non-NIN) song, but I cannot put my finger on it. I really like it a lot though. Except for the weird harmony “I am the great destroyer” bit in the middle...it just doesn’t fit for me. Overall, it’s good.
14 – Another Version of the Truth – I think this is another one of those creepy instrumentals that I’ll listen to over and over and just love because it’s not pushy or in your face…it’s just sort of there, and good. I love that he had a “pretty piano” track again.
15 – In This Twilight – I still hold strong to my statement that it sounds like it belongs to a pop group rather than NIN. It’s pretty, and I like it a lot, but it didn’t really fit Trent for me.
16 – Zero Sum – I liked this song. It was sort of in-your-face making fun of churchy type of pop songs. I don’t really know how to put in words the reason why I like it, but I do. It made me chuckle a little, too.
So yes, I really liked the album. My only problems are the lyrics (surprise, surprise) and the damn falsetto Trent uses in a few songs…WTF, dude. But yes, I’m not disappointed, and I’ll be happy to get my CD copy.