Hesitation Marks, the long-awaited Nine Inch Nails' release – awarded four stars by Rolling Stone and named as one of the fall's "must-hear" albums by Entertainment Weekly – is out today. Recorded in Los Angeles by Trent Reznor with frequent collaborators Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder, Hesitation Marks features Lindsay Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac, Adrian Belew of King Crimson, Eugene Goreshter of Autolux, bass legend Pino Palladino, and NIN regulars Alessandro Cortini, Ilan Rubin and Joshua Eustis.
Fans in Los Angeles can catch the band tonight when Nine Inch Nails play an intimate show at the legendary Troubadour nightclub. "Tension 2013," the band's fall North American arena tour, launches Sept. 28. (Full schedule below.)
"Reznor's first NIN album in five years, it is one of his best, combining the textural exploration on the 1999 double CD The Fragile, and the tighter fury of his 1994 master blast, The Downward Spiral," said Rolling Stone's David Fricke in a four-star lead review.
"There is blood here: Hesitation Marks refers to the preliminary wounds made during a suicide attempt. There is deliverance, too. You can dance to much of this terror, all the way to the brink and back."
The New York Times' Jon Pareles hailed Reznor as a "taboo-smashing songwriter with music that meticulously blends melody and abrasion, ferocity and detail."
SPIN gave Hesitation Marks a 9 out of 10 rating, noting, "this is the most important artistic statement from NIN leader Trent Reznor since the late '90s, when SPIN dubbed him 'the Most Vital Artist in Music Today'…. Through his own twisted K-hole, #ARTPOP icon Reznor is once again one of the most vital artists working today, coming back haunted, breaking the habitual. Let's get physical."
NPR Music's Ann Powers said, "you can feel the musicians' interplay in the grooves...as each element of sound builds upon each other to make the songs sweet, then menacing, then nerve-wracking, then hallucinatory, they're made whole and vividly accessible."
Alternative Press gave the album four stars, calling it "remarkably prescient," and Entertainment Weekly observed, "Both Hesitation Marks' lead single, "Came Back Haunted," and the propulsive, New Order-nodding "Everything" rank among Reznor's finest."
NINE INCH NAILS: TENSION 2013 NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR
9/28* St. Paul, MN at Xcel Energy Center
9/30* Kansas City, MO at Sprint Center
10/1* St. Louis, MO at Chaifetz Arena
10/3* Montreal, QC at Centre Bell
10/4* Toronto, ON at Air Canada Centre
10/5* Cleveland, OH at Wolstein Center
10/7* Auburn Hills, MI at The Palace of Auburn Hills
10/8* Pittsburgh, PA at Petersen Events Center
10/11** Boston, MA at TD Garden
10/12** Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun Arena
10/14** Brooklyn, NY at Barclays Center
10/15** Newark, NJ at Prudential Center
10/18** Washington, DC at Verizon Center
10/19** University Park, PA at Bryce Jordan Center
10/21** Raleigh, NC at PNC Arena
10/22** Nashville, TN at Bridgestone Arena
10/24** Atlanta, GA at Philips Arena
10/30+ Sunrise, FL at BB&T Center
10/31+ Orlando, FL at Amway Center
11/5* San Antonio, TX at AT&T Center
11/8* Los Angeles, CA at Staples Center
11/9* Phoenix, AZ at US Airways Center
11/11* El Paso, TX at Don Haskins Center
11/13* Broomfield, CO at 1stBANK Center
11/15* Las Vegas, NV at The Joint
11/16* Las Vegas, NV at The Joint
11/18* Portland, OR at Moda Center
11/19* Spokane, WA at Spokane Arena
11/21* Vancouver, BC at Rogers Arena
11/22* Seattle, WA at KeyArena
11/24++ Edmonton, AB at Rexall Place
11/25++ Calgary, AB at Scotiabank Saddledome
* Explosions in the Sky supporting
** Godspeed You! Black Emperor supporting
+ Gary Numan supporting
++ Autolux supporting