This is the last one of NIN’s EP-trilogy. I am not much for themes or series of albums. Usually any kind of overarching concept removes the artists focus from the music to something greater” than the music itself. The result is quite often a poor album. Bad Witch is no exception to that rule.
Sure, we have the typical frustration from Trent Raznors on a couple of tracks and also good melodies in S**t Mirror as well as in God Brake Down the Door but besides that this EP is more about sound landscapes, suitable in a high-end art gallery on lower Manhattan. It is refreshing to hear Trent sing softly instead of screaming, I love the saxophones as well as the whole production in itself. But it just doesn’t stick. The real songs are too few, the experimental-bass-loops-with-many-ultra-cool-sounds are one too many.
I don’t question the talent or the creativity of Trent or anyone else involved in this EP, but it is obvious that the trilogy took over and the idea of creating “one heck of an album” got put on the backburner.
Artist: Nine Inch Nails
Title: Bad Witch (EP)
Label: The Null Corperation/Universal
Date of release: 22/6-18
Stand out track: Shit Mirror