Nine Inch Nails ‎– The Fragile

Nothing Records ‎– 0694904732, Interscope Records ‎– 0694904732
NIN – halo fourteen
2 × CD, Album, Tri-Fold Digipak

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1-1 Somewhat Damaged
Written-By, Guitar [Additional] – Danny Lohner
1-2 The Day The World Went Away
Backing Vocals [Backing Chants - Credited To The Buddha Debutante Choir] – Christine Parrish, Fae Young, M. Gabriela Rivas*, Heather Bennett, Judy Miller, Martha Wood, Melissa DaigleBacking Vocals [Backing Chants] – The Buddha Debutante ChoirVocals [Additional] – Kim Prevost
1-3 The Frail 1:54
1-4 The Wretched 5:25
1-5 We're In This Together
Drums [Chorus] – Jerome Dillon
1-6 The Fragile 4:35
1-7 Just Like You Imagined
Guitar [Additional] – Adrian Belew, Danny LohnerPiano – Mike Garson
1-8 Even Deeper
Backing Vocals – Barbara Wilson, Di Coleman, Elquine L. Rice, Gary L. Neal, Leslie Wilson, Rodney Sulton, Stefani Taylor, Terry L. Rice, Traci Nelson, Tracy HardinMixed By [Assistance] – Dr. DreWritten-By, Drum Programming, Synthesizer [Additional] – Danny Lohner
1-9 Pilgrimage
Choir [Chanting] – The Buddha Boys ChoirPercussion [Additional Marching] – Steve DudaTrumpet – Cherry Holly
1-10 No, You Don't 3:35
1-11 La Mer
Cello – WillieDrums – Bill Rieflin*Vocals – Denise Milfort
1-12 The Great Below
Effects [Atmospheres] – Charlie ClouserGuitar [Ambiences] – Danny LohnerGuitar [End Melodic] – Adrian Belew
2-1 The Way Out Is Through
Piano – Mike GarsonWritten-By – Charlie Clouser, Keith Hillebrandt
2-2 Into The Void
Backing Vocals – Kim PrevostDrum Programming – Charlie Clouser
2-3 Where Is Everybody?
Guitar [End Melodic] – Adrian Belew
2-4 The Mark Has Been Made 5:17
2-5 Please 3:32
2-6 Starfuckers, Inc.
Choir – The Buddha Boys ChoirVocals [Chanting - Credited To The Buddha Boys Choir] – Adam Persaud, Clint Mansell, Doug Idleman, Eric Edmonson, Keith Hillebrandt, Marcus London, Nick Scott (3), Nigel Wiesehan, Steve DudaWritten-By – Charlie Clouser
2-7 Complication
Guitar [Additional] – Danny Lohner
2-8 I'm Looking Forward To Joining You, Finally 4:15
2-9 The Big Come Down 4:14
2-10 Underneath It All 2:48
2-11 Ripe (With Decay)
Piano – Mike GarsonViolin – Steve Duda

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Supplemental drum recording at Electrical Audio.
Mastered at Precision Mastering.
Recorded and mixed at Nothing Studios, New Orleans.

℗&© 1999 Interscope Records. Printed in the U.S.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 6 06949 04732 0
  • Matrix / Runout (Left): 11950 4 0694904742
  • Matrix / Runout (Right): 11951 2 0694904752
  • Rights Society: ASCAP
  • Rights Society: BMI

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490 473-2 Nine Inch Nails The Fragile(2xCD, Album) Nothing Records, Universal 490 473-2 Argentina 1999 Sell This Version
0694904732 Nine Inch Nails The Fragile(2xCD, Album, Club, Tri) Nothing Records 0694904732 US 1999 Sell This Version
0694904734 Nine Inch Nails The Fragile(2xCass, Album) Nothing Records, Interscope Records 0694904734 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
ILPST 8091, 490 473-1 Nine Inch Nails The Fragile(3xLP, Album) Island Records, Nothing Records ILPST 8091, 490 473-1 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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April 1, 2017
The Fragile is the 1990's equivalent of Roger Water's The Wall. It's a concept album, so if you're looking for a typical singles based effort, look elsewhere. Like The Wall, the listener is meant to take a journey through both discs and experience, sonically and emotionally what Trent was going through during this period of his life. To skip through songs or pass them by is to cheat yourself of the entire story. Would you skip chapters in a book? No? Then you shouldn't skip tracks while listening to The Fragile. Taken as a whole, this record may very well be Trent's master work. I give it 5/5.


December 22, 2016
As of today, 12/22 24/96 flac/wav download is available for anyone who bought (pre-ordered) the new (old) vinyl reissues.

My .rar's MP3 and WAV section were corrupted flac was fine. Not sure if this was an error that occurred during the download or applicable to everyone else. I only bought The Fragile, so I can't comment on the other 24/96 versions.


December 21, 2016
Don't cry, my friends, for the fucking speculators. PRESALE of REISSUE in spring 2017 of this one and many other from NIN. :D
Remember: vinyl records are for listening NOT FOR COLLECTING OR PAYING HUNDRED DOLLARS for a fucking used vinyl record.


December 16, 2016


July 28, 2016
edited 12 months ago
Ignored this album for a _LONG_ time and realized how stupid I was.
I will rank this one as one of the more remarkably Nine Inch Nails masterpieces.
Yes, it's pretty long, some songs are unnecessary even.
Let's put this way: The "Left" CD is by itself good enough to sport an evolution from The Downward Spiral.

The "Right" CD starts pretty okay with a few slips along the way.
This is a must have. The masterpieces here are "The Frail / The Wretched", "La Mer (The Sea) / The Great Below", with some catching tunes like the opening track "Somewhat Damaged" and the splendid "Just Like You Imagined".


June 19, 2016
This album really need a good vinyl reissue... I'm surprised there's even no unnoficial/bootleg releases


May 7, 2016

I just bought a copy of this in a used music store. Did it originally come with a slipcover?


December 26, 2010
edited over 6 years ago

Those who would bemoan this album's variety and perceived lack of impact seem to suffer from having short attention spans and a dislike of creativity in music. Reznor worked for years on The Fragile, assisted by an extremely talented group of people (My Bloody Valentine's mix engineer Alan Moulder and Pink Floyd's co-producer Bob Ezrin among them) to make this an album that could compete with The Downward Spiral. The hard work paid off in spades. While TDS is cold, stark and abrasive, The Fragile is lush, atmospheric music on a grand scale. Near every track on the album is bathed in sonic manipulations of almost ridiculous detail, leading to the discovery of new layers and instrumentation even after ten years of listening. It's true, this is not Industrial music, but then very few "Industrial" groups fit the classification as determined by Throbbing Gristle, inventors of the term. This is Reznor at his most defiantly artistic and one could reasonably argue that he has never been this creative since. An essential album and a high-watermark in a remarkably solid discography.


March 11, 2010

I'm surprised to see people criticize this album for "inconsistency." It's true that its immediate predecessor, _The Downward Spiral_, had a more uniform emotional feel to it -- but I hardly think that's a good thing. Indeed, while I enjoyed TDS and respect it for what it is, I find it hard to listen to these days because it *is* so emotionally uniform; its bleakness, anger, and angst give it a very adolescent feel. On the other hand, The Fragile, while far from perfect, is a more mature record, and in my opinion signifies the beginning of Trent Reznor's maturation -- a transitional phase bookended by The Fragile on one end and With_Teeth on the other, and ultimately leading to the masterpieces of Year Zero and Ghosts I-IV.


January 2, 2010
edited over 7 years ago

The Fragile is the most ambitious NIN's work until now yes, clearly because of the expectations put on Reznor after his smashing downward spiral, I even remember him joking with Bowie in an interview about how crappy the fragile was going to be...high pressure indeed put you in a position where u need to be ironical to relax & take a deep breathe. The Fragile is a good album, but failed to reach the quality of its predecessor. Here are the flaws : perfection doesn't exist at the plural and the idea of the 2 cds set was bad in all cases : if all the good songs are collected in one cd, the other one is pointless, and if the good songs are scattered on the two cds, it's just irritating to swap from one to other. Plus the abundance of tracks here almost hide their relevance. But the most serious flaw here is the mix of too different emotions, I mean a song like "we're in this together" is an ovni, I still hardly believe this is actually a NIN song, it's so joyful and irrelevant to the general mood of the album, one thing that indeed made the success of TDS is definitely the consistency : from the scratch to the end, its all dark, dirty, angry and desperate...
Finally Reznor sometimes completely mess up, the "nanana" vocals on "the day the world went away" and on "even deeper" are a bit ridiculous, and the melody of "the big come down" as well, not to mention some fillers here and there (complication, underneath it all)
If you don't know NIN, it's better to begin with his best effort, that is "the downward spiral".
That being said, The fragile is a solid good album I still enjoy hearing.

key tracks : the wretched, the great below, the mark has been made, starfuckers & ripe with decay (that last one is completely underrated, it's maybe the only track that hasn't been rearranged on the site besides)