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The album itself follows the thread started on 2005’s ‘With Teeth’, which is to say Reznor’s again favouring songs over soundscapes. The chaotic drums and bass of ‘Letting You’ is the best song Atari Teenage Riot never wrote while ‘Lights In The Sky’ echoes the funereal tones of ‘Hurt’, all knuckled piano and barely-contained rage. ‘Corona Radiata’ and ‘The Four Of Us Are Dying’ are the only traces of Ghosts I-IV’, two sparse arrangements that feel rather flat after the overall bombast of the album. They give the impression ‘The Slip’ is a collection of work mostly imitative of Reznor’s previous exercises. But, given his diverse career and his admission that ‘The Slip’ is fan service taken to the hilt, you just can’t fault it.
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