I hope you think long and hard about this. Nine Inch Nails, fronted, organized and basically just Trent Reznor & Studio Toys, has seen itself rise from earlu 90s hard rock/industrial to become one of the forerunners of the alternative genre (and that is a broad term - basically, he's anti-pop & Rock & Roll). But has NIN's hard edge really accomplished anything? Are Reznor's lyrics angry hate messages and whinings or desperate attempts at balancing a messed up life, an outlet for all the problems of his world? I would argue the latter, simpley because of the song "We're in this together", the tragic love song from the recent album, The Fragile. You and me, We're in this together now, None of them can stop us now, We will make it through somehow. You and me, If the world should break in two, Until the very end of me, Until the very end of you. Now, that's just the main chorus, but I listen to the voice behind them and the musical swells and cannot ignore the fact that something deeper lives in those words. And I see that more and more in many of his songs: sharp social commentary, musical retorts to wrongs against him (Star****ers, Inc. as a retort to Marylin Manson's career, built by Reznor who was then ignored by the self-appointed anti-Christ), the aforementioned theme of tragic love, coping with emotional pain and release. Yes, these are common themes, but the way everything is woven together, I see much more in NIN's music than anyone else who claims to be a peer in his genre (save Tool, of course). Now you have your say.