Rating: NNNINE INCH NAILS And All That Could Have Been (Nothing/Interscope) Rating: NNWith one emotion, anger, and one dynamic, loud,.
NINE INCH NAILS And All That Could Have Been (Nothing/Interscope) Rating: NNWith one emotion, anger, and one dynamic, loud, it’s unlikely Trent Reznor’s going to pull out any radical reworkings of the Nine Inch Nails catalogue on a live record. True to form, All That Could Have Been begins with the blowtorch touch and rarely lets up as Reznor and crew howl through their anthems of loneliness and alienation. Any of the subtle production tricks Reznor might pull off in the studio have been abandoned in favour of brute sonic force, and while it’s impressively loud, all his shouting sounds a bit hollow after 75 minutes. A second disc of acoustic radio performances and quiet instrumental tracks removes the jackhammer from the equation and makes a nice change, but it doesn’t hold up on its own.