Only two years after With Teeth, a sober, buff and perhaps less perfection-obsessed Trent Reznor has concocted a conceptual glimpse of the future. Surprise! The world's a total shithole infested with corrupt leaders (Capital G) and hypocritical religious fanatics (God Given), and the environment teeters on the brink of apocalypse (Survivalism). Exactly how far into the future are we talking about here? In any case, thematically it's overboard and at 16 tracks over 60 minutes repetitious and ham-fisted. But musically, Year Zero offers moments of industrial brilliance. Reznor's production prowess and ability to manage the chaos of intersecting sounds shine on instrumentally rich pieces like The Greater Good and the brooding Me, I'm Not. Apparently, there's a Year Zero Part Two slated for next year, making this a peek at Reznor's not-too-distant future more than anything else.