STOP SHOUTING, START LISTENING: Trent Reznor and the genesis of The Social Network soundtrack

Within the twisted and broken heart of The Social Network movie we find a story that is really about the the growing pains of those who achieve greatness; behind every brilliant idea there lies the bodies and shattered dreams of peers and former collaborators, once friends, now sworn enemies; the many people who get used, beaten or simply left behind as fame and success, and often a toxic blend of ego and paranoia, take over.

[Breaking The Spiral] – Netflix Documentary Reveals How Trent Reznor wrote ‘Hurt’ and The Downward Spiral Broke Into The Mainstream

Reznor had his doubts about Hurt, conscious that even though it is not explicitly about suicide, perhaps a death revisited, it might still allow people to wallow in its mood long enough to fantasise about their own passing. Even though Hurt perhaps offers a glimpse of hope, it remains mired in realisation perhaps too late, and this distanced perspective can become appealing if it is allowed to be romanticised into the idea of being ‘in a better place’.

INTERVIEW – NINE INCH NAILS AND THE CREATIVE PSYCHE BEHIND TRENT REZNOR’S GREATEST ALBUM

LISTEN – AN EXAMINATION OF THE GROUNDBREAKING ALBUM DETAILS THE SOUND, THEMATIC SCOPE, AND ENDURING LEGACY OF ONE OF NINE INCH NAILS’ MOST IMPORTANT MASTERWORKS!

[RUINER] – REZNOR LEARNS TO LIVE THE LIE

So much of The Downward Spiral deals with things falling apart. Across the album we witness the narrator’s decline in slow-motion, powerless to stop the downward trend. As he loses control the songs become darker in tone but also more broken and diffracted in style and substance, this kaleidoscopic effect presenting the various aspects ofContinue reading “[RUINER] – REZNOR LEARNS TO LIVE THE LIE”