Nine Inch Nails may have put out a new album in March but frontman Trent Reznor gives credit to David Bowie as having one of the best releases of the year. The rocker discussed his love for Bowie’s The Next Day during a recent chat with The Hollywood Reporter.
Trent said, “He’s proved himself so many times that I sit back and trust him. Often, he’s so far ahead of the game, it takes time to catch up. It didn’t sound like how I thought it might sound. I thought maybe it was a bit conservative sonically.” Reznor admitted that he appreciated the album the more he listened to it. He continued, “I’m still unraveling the riddle that he presented. I’m still getting new meanings out of the lyrics. What I thought was conservative production now feels forward-thinking. Like any great album, it’s revealed itself to be something that wasn’t what I initially thought.”
Trent also gave kudos to Bowie’s marketing approach saying, “It wasn’t like the Arcade Fire album Reflektor and its yearlong rollout, where it was like, ‘OK, I get it. You’ve got an album out, you’ve played every TV show in the world.'”
Bowie’s album scored two Grammy nominations — Best Rock Album and Best Rock Performance for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”
Nine Inch Nails’ Hesitation Marks nabbed a nomination for Best Alternative Music Album.
David and Trent collaborated on the single “I’m Afraid of Americans” off of Bowie’s 1997 album Earthling.