The Fragile

Nine Inch Nails

The Fragile

September 21, 1999

Alternative Pop/Rock

Nearly two decades later, this double-disc beast remains the most satisfying and involved in Reznor's catalog. Sure, it's long and indulgent, but it's also a completely enveloping experience. In hindsight, it was a turning point for NIN; nothing sounded as depraved and wounded once sobriety and gym visits came into the picture. For all the typical pain and rage, The Fragile shines in moments of beauty like "The Great Below" and everything on companion EP, Still.

- Neil Z. Yeung

Pacer

The Amps

Pacer

October 31, 1995

Alternative Pop/Rock

With Kelley Deal in rehab and the success of Last Splash still relatively fresh, Kim Deal went back in the studio for what was supposed to be a solo venture. The Amps ended up recording their only album with old friends Jim MacPherson (Breeders) and Nate Farley (Guided By Voices) to round the group out. The result is primitive and lo-fi in the best possible way, and continues to be my favorite Breeders album that wasn't actually a Breeders album.

- Ryan Cady