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Bad Witch

Nine Inch Nails

Bad Witch

The third EP in a trilogy from Trent Reznor's industrial rock band, following Not the Actual Events (2016) and Add Violence (2017)

ADM rating[?]

7.2

Label
Universal
UK Release date
22/06/2018
US Release date
22/06/2018
  1. 10.0 |   NME

    Their best release in a decade
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  2. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Reznor and Ross prove their staying power as one of heavy music’s most formidable outfits
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  3. 8.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Bad Witch finds Trent at a rare peak in terms of song flow and focus, and as a piece is absolutely deserving of the LP distinction, brutally short runtime be damned
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  4. 8.0 |   Punk News

    The album is a bite-size morsel of everything NIN can do very well and leaves the listener craving more of this delectable offering
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  5. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Trent Reznor’s third EP-length NIN release in the last two years is the best of the lot, with a raw and rough sound that feels both unfinished and alive
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  6. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    He’s headed back to the dark seam he tapped for still horrifying 1990s albums like The Downward Spiral and The Fragile
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    An inventive, aggressive return
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  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Brooding "I’m Not From this World" and Blackstar-era Bowie-echoing vocals of the epic "Over and Out" bring everything to a magnificently moody close
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  9. 8.0 |   The 405

    Reznor’s best record in over 20 years
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  10. 8.0 |   Q

    NIN sound reinvigorated

  11. 8.0 |   DIY

    Some of the most evocative and dense music Trent Reznor has made so far
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  12. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Has a more palpable vein of nihilism coursing through it than perhaps any Nine Inch Nails release since the seminal The Downward Spiral
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  13. 7.0 |   Clash

    While never quite holding together as a set, NIN continues to admirably cover new ground while doing what they do best, namely reflecting humanity’s worst impulses
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  14. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    The bleakest record by Nine Inch Nails in 20 years. But it’s also the most experimental they’ve released yet
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  15. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Reznor conveys a bleaker and more visceral sense of desperation on the album's two instrumental tracks
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  16. 7.0 |   All Music

    Reznor and Ross leave the sonic bread crumbs and callback allusions to the first two installments, advancing with fresh and surprising new possibilities for the coming era of Nine Inch Nails
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  17. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    The instrumentals, like all NIN, reward immersive listening, but fans may find themselves wishing for a little more to grab onto
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  18. 6.5 |   Earbuddy

    Still worth hearing; maybe falling just short of Add Violence but still much better than Not The Actual Events
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  19. 6.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Represents an imperfect snapshot of Reznor unencumbered
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  20. 6.0 |   The Independent

    If you’re looking for connectivity between the tracks, it’s difficult to find it through the array of hyperactive noise
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  21. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Whilst Bad Witch is definitely guilty of too much looking backwards there’s enough to keep us focused on what lies ahead
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  22. 6.0 |   Spin

    Bad Witch, like its two predecessors, contains glints of exploration tempered by maturity and consistency
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  23. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    The largely instrumental mood pieces ‘Play the Goddamned Part’ and ‘Over and Out’ feature a lustrously languid saxophone, recalling a former collaborator, a certain departed starman
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  24. 4.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    There’s little here that inspires reflection, no anthems to pump your fist to, no beats with which to pummel the dance floor with mindless tribal abandon
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