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DVD Review: Nine Inch Nails Live

"Beside You in Time"

Issue date: 3/23/07 Section: The Edge Trent Reznor has often said that Nine Inch Nails consists of two entities: The first is Reznor alone in the studio, but the second, which is now referred to under the name Nine Inch Nails Live, is actually five members playing together.

In theory, Nine Inch Nails shouldn't be a great live band. Reznor's music sometimes consists of non-organic instruments thrown straight onto a computer, at times being twisted to the point of not even sounding like the original source.

In other instances, songs are composed of random noise. Somehow Nine Inch Nails manage to overcome the challenges and adapt excellently to a live environment. The new live DVD, "Beside You in Time," documents this ability very well.

One thing that might make Nine Inch Nails put on a great concert is the band's ability to adapt. Songs like "Closer" that have been in the band's catalog for over 10 years are changed to spice things up, with a new breakdown put into the middle of the song.

Luckily, the band also knows when to leave things alone; for example, the song "Head Like a Hole," for the most part, is a straight-up rendition of the album counterpart.

"Beside You In Time's" version of "Hurt" strips away the guitar and drums found on the studio version and has Reznor singing with just a piano, but none of the song's somber effect has been lost in the transition. Newer songs, such as "The Hand That Feeds," complete with its groovy bass line and electronic break, also transfer well live.

The album also documents the madness that takes place onstage. During one song, guitarist Aaron North jumps on top of a keyboard and stomps his feet, creating a horrific rhythm from the crushed keys.

In another song, Reznor interacts with a video by grabbing a mic stand and throwing it just in time to make it appear as if he smashed the screen. Later on, an amp makes its way offstage and the traditional guitar smashing ensues. There are plenty of extras on the disc as well. Continued... Page 1 of 2 next >

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      posted 3/24/07 @ 10:19 AM CST

      this is a true account of one of the most exciting bands i have ever been privalaged to see live. the present line up , i feel, is the best yet and will continue to go on wowing audiances for some time to come. (Continued…)

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