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Click for availability and more information Year Zero, by Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor's vision of America and the world fifteen years from now is a nightmare. Los Angeles is in ruins after terrorists detonate a nuclear bomb, America is invading other countries (surprise surprise), and the government has been usurped from within by right-wing religious fanatics who keep the citizenry cowed by propaganda, drugging the water supply, and silencing opposition via the "Bureau of Morality" (not unlike 1984's "Ministry of Love"). Meanwhile, the environment continues on its own downward spiral (think: plenty of new waterfront property), and amid all the violence, paranoia and hysteria, thousands of people world-wide witness a gigantic ethereal hand reaching down from the sky...
The first of a 2-part concept album (the second is expected to be released early next year), Year Zero's dystopian themes should be familiar by now to all of us. But what really sets this album apart, aside from Trent Reznor's as-always amazing musical stylings, is the back-story, which has complemented the album as an alternate reality game of clues, hidden messages and Web sites that has kept fans busy since even before the album's official release in April.
Whether you're already a Nine Inch Nails fan, or a critic of America's current administration, or simply curious to hear what Trent Reznor sounds like after he's been reading Noam Chomsky, you'll want to give this one a listen.
-Will

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