There are already a lot of reviews of this CD, but I'd still like to weigh in with a couple different points.
First, to label "Further Down the Spiral" a "remix" album is far too limiting! There is so much new content here that it might as well be an original album. "Remix" implies that old material was somehow reworked into something new. Instead we get an entirely new song by Aphex Twin and numerous dark ambient soundscapes from members of Coil. Sure, there are some remixes, but there are also new tunes.
Speaking of Coil, this brings me to my next point. The presence of Coil, and Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson in particular, is an interesting nod to the fathers of industrial music. Christopherson was a member of the original industrial band, Throbbing Gristle, and a major innovator of experimental music - a truly creative individual. After making some albums with Throbbing Gristle he formed Coil and continued to make dark, industrial sonic masterpieces. If you like NIN, you must check these groups out - you'll see where Trent and many others found so much inspiration.
Naturally, I enjoy this CD a lot - NIN, Coil, Aphex Twin, what more could you want? I agree with other reviewers who say this is a poor introduction for newcomers. Of course you're better off with any of the albums if you're new. But for those who love NIN, industrial, or experimental music in general, check this out. It's awesome to hear Reznor collaborating with some of his heros.
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I'm in my second year of PhD work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My primary interest is Lacanian psychoanalysis and music.
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