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2.59 | 10 ratings | 1 reviews | 30% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

US Version

1. Sin (Long) (5:51)
2. Sin (Dub) (5:00)
3. Get Down, Make Love (4:19)
4. Sin (Short) (4:19)

UK Version

1. Sin (Short) (4:19)
2. Sin (Long) (5:51)
3. Get Down, Make Love (4:19)
4. Sin (Dub) (5:00)

Line-up / Musicians

- Trent Reznor / vocals, arranger, programming, producer, engineer, digital editing, mixing

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NINE INCH NAILS Sin ratings distribution

(10 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(20%)
Good, but non-essential (40%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)


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Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team
2 stars "5in" was the last single to be released from Nine Inch Nails debut album "Pretty Hate Machine". This particular single has 3 versions of the track "Sin", all of which are quite drastically different from the more synth-pop style on the album. The version is harder and direct making it stand out a lot more than the album cut.

The single's first two tracks are the first two versions of the song, first with a short version and then a long version. There isn't a lot of difference between the two except for additions of sections on the longer version that extend the time from 4:19 (short) to 5:51 (long). Breaking up the Sin versions is the NIN cover of Queen's "Get Down, Make Love" from their "News of the World" album. Trent's version has a more industrial sound to it with a steadier and direct beat with lots of automatic computerization that takes most of the emotion from it, even with Reznor's intense singing. Even the moaning loops don't make this anymore sexy or naughty, and they take away the cool effects that made up the instrumental break on Queen's original. In the end, Queen's version ends up being more relevant now than Reznor's version. Sorry Trent. The last track is the dub version of "Sin" with the mostly instrumental beats and sounds of the track without vocals.

The manipulated versions of this version of the song is good, probably more infectious than the original album version, but other than the curiosity of the cover song and the final let down when you realize it isn't any good, this just doesn't have much to offer. If you are a lover of the title track, then it is probably worth it, but you will probably have a hard time finding it anyway, except for streaming it somewhere for free. This one is only good for the fans or completionists.

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