Nine Inch Nails - "Everything"

At one point in Nine Inch Nails’ latest offering “Everything,” Trent Reznor sings “I have become something else” and while it has its own meaning in the context of the lyrics, it takes on a second one sonically. This is the most pop we’ve ever heard from the band, and while there are certain pockets of ’90s alt-rock we would never shove NIN into, this recalls Lit and Foo Fighters and bands of their ilk but is also still in line with Reznor’s output and he’s made it totally rule. Check it out below.

Hesitation Marks is out 9/3 via Columbia.

Comments (55)
  1. really not feeling this one, but on the plus side, this post made me listen to Copy of A again and it is awesome, so it’s all good!

  2. WHAT! This is so great. This and Copy Of have gotten me so excited about new Nine Inch Nails. I don’t even half-heartedly appreciate this because I feel like I need to show loyalty to Trent. Can’t wait for the Lindsey Buckingham guest feature!

  3. Dude, what the hell?

  4. First half-decent jam I’ve heard off this album.

  5. Woah…it DOES kind of sound like Lit…

    Trying to decide if that’s good or bad at the moment. I don’t mind the tune so much, but it is a bit of a shock coming form Reznor. For me anyway.

  6. rock. awesome.

  7. Ok I kinda hate to admit it, but I’ve found all of these songs very boring so far. Musically, lyrically, the production, just everything. It all seems way too safe for a Nine Inch Nails record.

    • Keep in mind, they’re only the singles. Trent’s best stuff is usually non-single related. Columbia wants to sell records, so Trent and Co. have to give a little something radio friendly. I wager though that the album will go candles -in -darkness -bleeding -goth-heart in spots. If not, then I owe you a Bauhaus vinyl.

  8. Copy of A is actually one of my favorite NIN songs ever, I absolutely love it, much more than Came Back Haunted, so anyone hating on that track I think is way way off. I can’t decide whether or not I like “Everything”, but either way it is really one of the strangest things I’ve heard in a long time.

    If Trent was interested in doing more “Pop” leaning songs, he shouldn’t have made fun of Chris Cornell years back for working with Timbaland on the ridiculously underrated Scream.

    • The cool factor though is that the chorus goes all hazy-shoegazy-ish. It surprised the heck out of me when I listened to this song for the first time. I don’t think Trent has ever made a track like this. Is that a good thing, bad thing? Right now, it’s at least a thing. It’s a fun song, but it’s sure to piss a lot of long time fans off. I’m not irked by it. I think in a way its got a nice groove and some catchiness. The key thing is how the rest of the record sounds. Out of left field surprises like this are OK, but if the whole record is shiny pop then it (probably) won’t be especially spectacular, at the very least. I would say give Trent credit for trying something new-ish. It doesn’t sound terrible. It’s at least good. Def not profound, but I bet the record will be.

    • All respect to you Armand, but I still can’t see Chris Cornell’s “Scream” being a benchmark of anything other then at worst a major embarrassment, or at best a passing novelty. Just my opinion. This song doesn’t remind me in the least of Lit, or the ”Scream” record.
      If I’m not mistaken, “Everything” was recorded for a proposed greatest hits album. They then decided to push forward. I would consider “Everything” sort of a one off representation of the record. And it really isn’t bad at all.

  9. Wow. I have to admit, this is a little different. This reminds me of Iggy & the Stooges’ Search and Destroy. As a big NIN, it’ll eventually grow on me.

  10. Not too jazzed about this one as a stand-alone track, but curious to see how it’ll fit in with the rest of Hesitation Marks

  11. “he’s made it totally rule” – I beg to differ. Maybe I’m still suffering from post-traumatic stress after the War Against Sugar Ray of late 20th Century.

  12. Woah, here’s one out of left field eh? Sounds like a mish mash of all sorts of bands: The Cure, Filter, Foo Fighters (wouldn’t be surprised if Dave Grohl co-wrote this in some way), Smashing Pumpkins, etc. I like the guitar riff, but other than that, there’s not much substance here.

  13. Yep, I guess we’re all caught off guard. Just wow. And I have to say, I totally love this. So odd to hear this from Trent but it does work surprisingly well.

  14. This dude was born to make music

  15. I”m shocked this is being streamed via a youtube user and not NIN official YouTube. Something must have gone down between them and YouTube or Google because this is a band who has always embraced technology, yet is very inactive on YouTube. Why? Looks like they haven’t posted anything on in 2 years…?

  16. WAAAAAA!! I HATE this song! NIN isnt supposed to be about unicorns and rainbows. They’re supposed to be brooding, somber, and melancholy…ALL THE TIME!!!

    Seriously though, Ive read comments that are bashing the song cause its too happy lol. To me, its certainly a different direction but it reminds me of any typical goth/post punk band sans the abrasive industrial sound.

    • I always thought he should try a different approach when it gets to singing, he sounds very Emo as he always has. Thats really the only bad thing I can say..

    • NIN has always been sunny, optimistic music. March Of The Pigs, for example, is actually inspired by the the film Babe.

    • The closest analogy I can think of is “Friday I’m in Love”… huge hit for the Cure, bad day for Cure fandom. Hopefully “everything” will serve a larger purpose in the record as a whole, because otherwise it’s kind of meh.

  17. So….. does this mean that Everything Came Back Haunted if I Find My Way Disappointed?

  18. Was anyone else caught off guard by the little breakdown in the middle, thinking YouTube had skipped on to the beginning of Sit Down, Stand Up (snakes and ladders)? Maybe a little less glitchy, but still there.

    I saw NIN a week ago, and this wasn’t in the setlist. They did open with Copy of A which was fantastic live. Really, their whole Stop Making Sense homage Trent has going on the current festival tour is incredible start-to-finish. They’ve got it all on the ‘Tube and it’s definitely worth a peek. After seeing them for this first time, I can completely understand why fans keep coming back.

    • Which festival did you see them at? I’ve been watching as many live streams of them as I can and for me, the Rockenheim festival was their best.

      • Outside Lands in SF. To paraphrase some other journalist, “No smoke machine in the world can compare with that fog rolling in through Golden Gate Park…”

  19. Maybe would have been better if released as a trent reznor track a la “on melancholy hill” should have been a damon album single?


  20. I’m surprised no one has anything to say about that little breakdown mid-way through! The song may be a bit average, but the way it cuts the chorus off short for a sudden drop-out adds a nice little creative touch. The wheels are still in motion.

    Anyway, not necessarily the best of songs from them, but I certainly applaud the fact that Trent’s doing something so out-of-nowhere and trying new things. I’m not going to say I don’t like it just because it’s “happy,” but a little more grit would have done it nicely.

  21. If this song was included in the Outside Lands set I would have scratched my head, true, but it’s actually not that surprising. NIN has covered Gary Numan after all. This is a straight on update of new wave/synth pop sounds and it’s very good. Please stop comparing NIN to Lit.

  22. An awesome video has already made the rounds. I think Trent would approve.

  23. Am I the only one who interpreted this as a really cynical, sarcastic kind of happiness? Similar to the “Doesn’t it make you feel better” sections of “March of the Pigs.”

  24. anyone think that descending guitar riff sounds like the cure?

  25. I’m just saying, if I had came out with this exact song…it would be almost universally hated. The only reason anyone could possibly like this or “Copy of A” is because you’re being fan boys with blinders on. I’m a huge NIN fan, but hearing this new garbage…NIN is dead.

  26. Easily the most interesting of the three HM tracks released so far. I keep coming back to it: first time, because it was a total WTF left turn. Then, after the second and third listen, I’m thinking it’s a great fracking track and who gives a shit if it doesn’t sound like anything Trent’s done in the past. Isn’t that the point???

    Love it. Trent’s a grown-ass man now. He doesn’t need to be All Agro, All the Time anymore.

    • He’s not all agro all the time and he never has been. Anybody who says otherwise hasn’t been paying attention for the last 25 years. He makes beautifully nuanced music with great mood and feeling. The mood and feeling of this one doesn’t move me in the slightest.

  27. Officially: fuck that! I’ll try and give it some more listens in the future but I’m not feeling it AT ALL right now. And for the record, I’m not comparing it to what he’s done in the past, I just don’t like it. I don’t listen to music that feels/sounds that way.

  28. It’s official: Everything is now my 6 year old’s favorite song.

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