With Teeth


With Teeth

Infobox Album |
Name = With Teeth
Type = studio
Artist = Nine Inch Nails


Released = April 27, 2005
Recorded = September–December 2004 Nothing Studios, New Orleans The Village Recorder, Sound City Studio, and Grandmaster Recording Studios, Los Angeles
Genre = Industrial Rock
Length = 56:05
Label = Interscope/NothingHALO 19
Producer = Trent Reznor Alan Moulder
Reviews =
*Allmusic rating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:rv6ftrayklox link]
*Drowned in Sound rating|9|10 [http://www.drownedinsound.com/articles/12085.html link]
*"NME" rating|7|10 [http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/nineinchnails/withteeth?q=nine%20inch%20nails 23 Apr 05, p.49]
*Pitchfork rating|6.5|10 [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/20395/Nine_Inch_Nails_With_Teeth 11 May 05]
*PopMatters rating|4|10 [http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/n/nineinchnails-withteeth.shtml 18 May 05]
*"Q Magazine" rating|4|5 [http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/nineinchnails/withteeth?q=nine%20inch%20nails June 05, p.108]
*Robert Christgau Rating-Christgau|hm1 [http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Nine+Inch+Nails link]
*"Rolling Stone" rating|3.5|5 [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/nineinchnails/albums/album/7273279/rid/7277688/ 5 May 05]
*"Slant" rating|3|5 [http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/music_review.asp?ID=579 link]
*"Stylus" (A-) [http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=2993 6 May 05]
Last album = "The Fragile" (1999)
This album = "With Teeth" (2005)
Next album = "Year Zero" (2007)

"With Teeth" is the fifth studio album by American Industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails, released in 2005 on Interscope Records. The album was produced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and long-time collaborator Alan Moulder. Reznor ultimately described the album as "13 songs that are friends with each other".cite web
url = http://www.theninhotline.net/archives/articles/manager/display_article.php?id=21
title = To Hell and Back
author = Chick, Stevie
publisher = Kerrang!
date = 2005-03-30
accessdate = 2008-01-15
] More specifically, he has indicated that the album is highly influenced by his battle with, and recovery from, alcoholism and substance abuse. This album generated three singles: "The Hand That Feeds", "Only", and "Every Day is Exactly the Same".

Recording

Following the release of the band's previous album, "The Fragile" (1999), Trent Reznor struggled with addiction. "That was the path I chose", Reznor told "Spin" in 2005. "I was going to just drink myself or drug myself out of it. I got back to New Orleans after the "Fragile" tour, and I'd pretty much lost my soul." After Reznor hit bottom and decided to go to rehab, he began work on a new album. The songwriting process moved along easier for Reznor than in the past. He said that was due to having "a pretty good game plan [...] I had themes and subjects [...] As my brain started working, the songs just started to come out. I regained my self-confidence."Spitz, Marc. "The Shadow of Death". "Spin" May 2005.]

Reznor originally planned the album to be a concept album, complete with a storyline. "I'd come up with this kind of elaborate storyline, and the record was gonna be a concept record that had a number of pretentious elements to it," Reznor said. "I was gonna talk about multi-layered reality and waking up in a dream you can't wake up out of, and eventually finding acceptance after you go through this period of trying to fight it. It was all kind of a big analogy for me getting sober." [ [http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=69127 BLABBERMOUTH.NET - 'Year Zero' Not NINE INCH NAILS' First Attempt At Concept Album ] ]

Reznor recorded the album at Nothing Studios in New Orleans, the last release he recorded at the location before permanently relocating to Los Angeles. [http://www.audiohead.net/interviews/nin/index.html Nine Inch Nails “With Teeth”] , pages [http://www.audiohead.net/interviews/nin/index2.html 2] , [http://www.audiohead.net/interviews/nin/index3.html 3] , [http://www.audiohead.net/interviews/nin/index4.html 4] , [http://www.audiohead.net/interviews/nin/index5.html 5] ] The album was produced by Reznor and long-time Nine Inch Nails producer Alan Moulder, with engineering and assistance by Atticus Ross. The album was mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. Former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl contributed drums and live percussion on seven tracks. According to a statement on the official Nine Inch Nails website, Reznor stated that producer Rick Rubin was his "mentor" and "source of inspiration" throughout the planning and writing process of the album. [cite web
url = http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1489402/20040714/nine_inch_nails.jhtml
publisher = MTV.com
last = Rashbaum
first = Alyssa
title = New NIN Album Due In Early '05, But First Some Reissues
date = 2004-06-14
accessdate = 2008-05-04
] Reznor was also heavily inspired by the use of more analog electronic effects and instruments, specifically tape delay and modular synthesizers. A post on the band's official website dated May 5, 2003 indicated that Atticus Ross, Leo Herrera and Reznor were in the studio recording and "refining" rough new material. It also stated Jerome Dillon was on drums on these sessions.cite web
url = http://nin.com/current/index.html
publisher = Nine Inch Nails
title = nine inch nails
date = 2004-05-07
archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20040508040955/nin.com/current/index.html
archivedate = 2004-05-08
accessdate = 2008-05-04
]

Early reports indicated that the album had a working title of "Bleed Through". [cite web
url = http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000507555
publisher = "Billboard
first = Jonathan
last = Cohen
title = Nine Inch Nails Prepare To 'Bleed'
accessdate = 2008-02-27
] Reznor stated that the name was eventually changed because "it was supposed to be about different layers of reality seeping into the next, but I think some people were thinking about blood or a tampon commercial." [cite journal
title = Hot Albums for 2005
journal = Kerrang!
issue = 1038
month=January | year=2005
] Mixing began on October 28, and on New Year's Eve Reznor revealed that the album was complete, as well as the album's final title.cite web
url = http://www.nin.com/current/index.html
publisher = Nine Inch Nails
title = nine inch nails: current
archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20041031002305/http://www.nin.com/current/index.html
archivedate = 2004-10-31
accessdate = 2008-05-04
] cite web
url = http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000748256
title = Nine Inch Nails Names New Album
publisher = "Billboard"
last = Cohen
first = Jonathan
date = 2005-01-07
accessdate = 2008-05-04
]

Release

Before the release of the album, fans were able to listen to "With Teeth" in its entirety by attending listening parties that took place in 13 cities throughout the U.S. Anyone who attended received promotional posters and stickers. Those who pre-ordered the album received a limited edition 7" vinyl containing the single "The Hand That Feeds," as well as the B-Side track "Home."

"With Teeth" was released as a standard CD, double vinyl, a DualDisc and a CD/DVD combo. [cite web
url = http://www.nin.com/halo/
title = Nine Inch Nails – Body of Work
archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070630042356/http://www.nin.com/halo/
archivedate = 2007-11-05
publiserh = Nine Inch Nails
accessdate = 2008-04-13
] In addition to 5.1 surround and stereo mixes of the songs, the DualDisc (and DVD) contain the video for "The Hand That Feeds", an interactive discography and a slide show of album artwork. In a statement to fans on the official Nine Inch Nails website, Reznor explained that his dislike for the constraints of CD artwork led to the creation of a downloadable 20 megabyte 3'×4' poster, incorporating credits, lyrics, and artwork. [cite web
archivedate = 2005-04-04
archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20050403091327/www.nin.com/access/3-22/questions9.gif
url = http://nin.com/access/3-22/index.html
title = Access
author = Trent Reznor
publisher = Nine Inch Nails
date = 2005-03-22
accessdate = 2008-02-01
] [cite web
archivedate = 2007-05-09
archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20070509181641/http://www.nin.com/access/5_03_05/index.php
url = http://www.nin.com/access/5_03_05/index.php
title = Access
author = Trent Reznor
publisher = Nine Inch Nails
date = 2005-05-03
accessdate = 2008-02-01
] The poster, designed by Trent Reznor and Rob Sheridan, contains lyrics that are not featured in the actual songs (a practice Reznor has continued since "Pretty Hate Machine"), as well as song titles and lyrics not featured on the album, possibly recorded but unreleased. [cite web
url = http://www.gearwire.com/aaron-north-interview.html
title = Aaron North of Nine Inch Nails - The Gearwire Interview
publisher = "Gearwire"
accessdate = 2008-02-27
date = 2006-10-09
accessdate = 2008-02-27
] The poster is available to members of the official NIN fan club as part of the initial welcome package.

"With Teeth" debuted at number one on the "Billboard" album charts in May 2005. Its first-week sales in the U.S. of 272,000 copies surpassed the 229,000 copies sold of "The Fragile" in its first week. [Whitmire, Margo. " [http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000918544 NIN's 'Teeth' Sparkle At No. 1] ". Billboard.com. May 11, 2005. Retrieved on July 9, 2008.]

Reznor also released multitrack files for a few of the songs. In retrospect Reznor said, "That whole idea of putting up multi tracks, really was just, several years ago, bored in a hotel room [...] just as an experiment I happened to have the multi tracks with me--I think I was doing press for "With Teeth"--I loaded up "The Hand That Feeds" and made it as a multi track, in Garage Band. [...] I thought it would be cool to give the sound to people, and I knew the challenge would be to get that past Interscope, essentially giving the masters out. But they agreed."cite web
url = http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/08/arts/music/08pare.html?_r=3&ref=arts&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
title = Frustration and Fury: Take It. It’s Free.
publisher = "The New York Times"
last = Pareles
first = Jon
date = 2008-06-08
archiveurl = http://www.webcitation.org/5YSjvCCNd
archivedate = 2008-06-09
accessdate = 2008-06-09
] Reznor has released multitrack files for every major Nine Inch Nails release since.

Music

Before its release, Reznor would describe "With Teeth" as "more song-oriented", "much more lean" than "The Fragile", and "just straight to the point." [cite web
last = Baltin
first = Steve
url = http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5937146/nine_inch_nails_let_it_bleed/
title = Nine Inch Nails Let It Bleed
publisher = "Rolling Stone"
date = 2004-02-24
accessdate = 2008-02-27
] Reznor said he "tried to keep a lo-fi aesthetic running through it, a kind of carelessness." The album's lyrics tackle Reznor's relationships with himself, the world in general and where he fit into it, and his addiction troubles from previous years that almost claimed his life. Although it dealt with these issues, Reznor was hopeful that it was still "disguised enough that [it was] not a terribly boring record about recovery and addiction". Moreover, he stated the music was less of a concept album, and more of "a collection of songs that are friends with each other, but don't have to rely on each other to make sense". [cite web
url = http://www.mtv.com/bands/n/nin/news_feature_050509/index3.jhtml
title = The Upward Spiral
publisher = MTV.com
month = May | year = 2005
accessdate = 2006-12-18
]

Reznor also drew influence from the September 11, 2001 attacks, which occurred shortly after his recovery. The album's first single, "The Hand That Feeds", was a direct example of the themes of protest and propagandistic fear that helped influence the album.cite web
url = http://theninhotline.net/archives/articles/manager/display_article.php?id=21
title = To Hell and Back
author = Chick, Steve
publisher = "Kerrang!" (2005-03-30), archived at [http://www.theninhotline.net The NIN Hotline]
accessdate = 2006-12-12
] These influences would become more prominent in his next album, "Year Zero", and the alternate reality game that accompanied it. [cite web
url = http://www.gigwise.com/news.asp?contentid=29753
title = Trent Reznor Blasts the American Government
publisher = Gigwise.com
first = Jason
last = Gregory
date = 2007-03-26
accessdate = 2007-04-20
]

An interesting side-note is that the first song, "All The Love In This World", was originally part of the soundtrack to the game Quake. [http://www.idsoftware.com/games/quake/quake/]

Critical reception

Critical response to the album was generally favorable, with an average rating of 71% based on 22 reviews on Metacritic.cite web
title = Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth
publisher = MetaCritic
url = http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/nineinchnails/withteeth?q=with%20teeth
accessdate = 2008-02-27
] "Rolling Stone"'s Rob Sheffield described the album as "vintage Nine Inch Nails",cite web
last = Sheffield
first = Rob
authorlink = Rob Sheffield
title = Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
publisher = "Rolling Stone"
date = 2005-05-05
url = http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/nineinchnails/albums/album/7273279/review/7277688
accessdate = 2007-08-26
] while Stylus Magazine said "The words 'triumphant return' are apt."cite web
url = http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=2993
title = Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
last = Inskeep
first = Thomas
publisher = "Stylus Magazine"
date = 2005-05-06
accessdate = 2008-05-04
]

Other critics panned the album, however, such as Robert Christgau who labeled the album as "shtick".cite web
url = http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Nine+Inch+Nails
title = Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
last = Christgau
first = Robert
authorlink = Robert Christgau
accessdate= 2006-08-25
] "The Village Voice"s review was similarly critical, describing the album as "all paint-by-numbers with no topography or relief—just one angry distorted chord after another." [cite web
url = http://www.villagevoice.com/music/0523,keyes,64660,22.html
title = Trent Reznor Checks His Pain and Hate Into the Old Rage Home
last = Keyes
first = J.,Edward
date = 2005-05-31
publisher "The Village Voice"
accessdate = 2008-05-04
] PopMatters summarized its review by simply saying "Trent Reznor has run out of ideas." [cite web
url = http://popmatters.com/music/reviews/n/nineinchnails-withteeth.shtml
date = 2005-05-18
last = Schiller
first = Mike
title = Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth
publisher = PopMatters
accessdate = 2008-05-04
]

"With Teeth" was named one of the top 40 albums of 2005 by "Spin" magazine, and chosen as one of Amazon.com's Top 100 Editor's Picks of 2005. The album was certified Gold in the United States,cite web
url = http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH
publisher = Recording Industry Association of America
title = Gold and Platinum database
accessdate = 2007-08-10
Note: User must define search parameters, i.e. "Nine Inch Nails."] and Silver in the UK.cite web
title = With Teeth Certified Awards
publisher = British Phonographic Industry
date = 2005-03-13
url = http://www.bpi.co.uk/platinum/platinumright.asp?rq=search_plat&r_id=32199
accessdate = 2007-11-10
] The song "Every Day is Exactly the Same" was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007. [cite web
url = http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/49th_Show/list.aspx
title = 49th Annual Grammy Awards Nominee List
publisher = The Recording Academy
accessdate = 2006-12-07
]

Tour

Nine Inch Nails supported the album with the "Live: With Teeth" tour. The touring lineup featured Jeordie White, Aaron North, Alessandro Cortini, and Jerome Dillon. Midway through the tour, Dillion was forced to stop playing due to a medical condition. He was initially replaced by Alex Carapetis, and then later by Josh Freese.cite web
url = http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1526654/03202006/dillon_jerome.jhtml
title = Ex-NIN Drummer Welcomes You To His Nightmare — Reznor Responds
first = Gil
last = Kaufman
publisher = MTV.com
date = 2006-05-21
accessdate = 2007-02-10
] cite web
url = http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1511147/20051010/nine_inch_nails.jhtml
title = Nine Inch Nails Recruit Replacement Drummer
first = Chris
last = Harris
publisher = MTV.com
date = 2005-10-10
accessdate = 2007-02-10
]

The tour began with a small club tour in early 2005, and the band members were reportedly "pleasantly surprised by the interest" despite the group's lengthy hiatus between tours. [cite web
archiveurl = http://web.archive.org/web/20050404102916/http://www.nin.com/access/3-22/questions1.gif
archivedate = 2005-04-04
url = http://www.nin.com/access/3-22/questions1.gif
title = access
first = Trent
last = Reznor
publisher = Nine Inch Nails
date = 2005-02-26
accessdate = 2008-02-01
] This initial leg of the tour also included a headlining performance at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. [cite web
url = http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1501113/20050502/coldplay.jhtml
title = Coldplay, NIN Top Coachella With Emotional Performances
publisher = MTV.com
accessdate = 2008-02-08
date = 2005-05-02
last = Moss
first = Coret
] The band followed up with a North American arena tour in autumn 2005, supported by Queens of the Stone Age, Autolux, Death from Above 1979, and hip-hop artist Saul Williams. [cite web
last = Harris
first = Chris
url = http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1510691/20050930/story.jhtml
title = Nine Inch Nails Postpone Show Due To Drummer's Heart Trouble
date = 2005-09-30
publisher = MTV.com
accessdate = 2007-08-24
] The second leg of the tour consisted of a series of North American amphitheaters performances in the summer of 2006, supported by Bauhaus, TV on the Radio, and Peaches.cite web
last = Huey
first = Steve
url = http://wm04.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:jxkcikv6bbf9~T10
title = Nine Inch Nails
accessdate = 2006-11-24
publisher = Allmusic
] In 2007, a tour documentary entitled "Beside You in Time" was released in three formats: DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray Disc.cite web
url = http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,3982667,00.html
title = Nine Inch Nails : Live: Beside You in Time DVD
publisher = Artistdirect
accessdate = 2007-08-20
]

Track listing

All songs written and performed by Trent Reznor.
#"All the Love in the World" – 5:15
#"You Know What You Are?" – 3:42
#"The Collector" – 3:08
#"The Hand That Feeds" – 3:32
#"Love Is Not Enough" – 3:41
#"Every Day Is Exactly the Same" – 4:55
#"With Teeth" – 5:38
#"Only" – 4:23
#"Getting Smaller" – 3:35
#"Sunspots" – 4:03
#"The Line Begins to Blur" – 3:44
#"Beside You in Time" – 5:25
#"Right Where It Belongs" – 5:04;Bonus tracks
#

  • "Home" – 3:14 (non-US pressings)
    #"Right Where It Belongs V.2" – 5:04 (UK and Japanese releases)
    #"The Hand That Feeds (Photek Ruff Mix)" – 3:44 (Japanese pressings)The track "Home" was originally a B-side to "The Hand That Feeds". On CD versions the track is placed after the last track, on vinyl it is placed after "Sunspots".cite web
    url = http://www.amazon.com/Teeth-Nine-Inch-Nails/dp/B000935UFS/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1204167140&sr=8-10
    publisher = Amazon.com
    accessdate = 2008-02-27
    title = With Teeth (IMPORT)
    ] As mentioned above, the UK version also features an additional track, an alternate version of "Right Where it Belongs",cite web
    url = http://www.amazon.com/Teeth-Nine-Inch-Nails/dp/B0008E0DHS/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1204167140&sr=8-12
    publisher = Amazon.com
    accessdate = 2008-02-27
    title = With Teeth (IMPORT)
    ] and the Japanese version also contains the alternate track, as well as a remix of "The Hand That Feeds" by Photek, bringing its track total to 16.cite web
    url = http://www.amazon.com/Teeth-Nine-Inch-Nails/dp/B0007WZUMO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1204167140&sr=8-1
    publisher = Amazon.com
    accessdate = 2008-02-27
    title = With Teeth (IMPORT)
    ]

    Personnel

    *Trent Reznor – songwriting, arranging, performance, production, engineering, 5.1 surround mix, sound design
    *Alan Moulder – production, engineering
    *Atticus Ross – programming, additional production, sound design
    *Leo Herrera – engineering, project coordination
    *James Brown – engineering, 5.1 surround mix
    *Rich Costey – engineering
    *Tom Baker at Precision Mastering – mastering
    *Adam Ayan for Gateway Mastering – surround mastering
    *Gem Archer – production, engineering
    *Rob Sheridan – design
    *Jeremy Berman – drum technician
    *Gerch for Drum Fetish – drum technician
    *Dave Grohl – percussion on 1, drums on 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 11
    *Alien Tom – turntables on 1
    *Rupert Parkes – additional programming on 1
    *Jerome Dillon – live drums on 7 and "Home" (bonus track), additional drum programming

    Chart positions

    Album

    "—" denotes releases that did not chart.

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