Back in gear after a several year absence, the visceral nature of early Nine Inch Nails has given way to something more rewardingly cerebral. Reunion album Hesitation Marks plays like the sonic equivalent of a long, winding tour through fossilized wormwood. Life may not have frontman Trent Reznor as aggrieved as it once did, but his creative muse is restless, sending rivulets of synthesizer, guitar (some of it played by famous virtuosos), and percussion into ticklish electronic-pop tributaries and intersections. It’s composition as chess and narcotic.
Mon., Oct. 14, 8 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 25, 2013