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The Slip is the seventh studio album by Nine Inch Nails, released in 2008. One of the first releases on frontman Trent Reznor's then-newly-formed independent label The Null Corporation, the album's production was a deviation from the painstaking perfectionism that characterized past works. It was recorded in three weeks, and was originally intended to be an EP before becoming the full-length album it is now. The album was released as a free download under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license on May 5, a couple weeks after it was finished, with a physical release out on July 22. The Slip has since been downloaded over 2 million times, and has sold at least 112,000 physical copies in the United States.

While the original website used to promote the album is no longer available, a mirror (where you can still legally download it for free) can be accessed here.

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Tracklist:

  1. "999,999" (1:25)
  2. "1,000,000" (3:56)
  3. "Letting You" (3:49)
  4. "Discipline" (4:19)
  5. "Echoplex" (4:45)
  6. "Head Down" (4:55)
  7. "Lights in the Sky" (3:29)
  8. "Corona Radiata" (7:34)
  9. "The Four of Us Are Dying" (4:37)
  10. "Demon Seed" (4:59)

Personnel:

  • Trent Reznor: vocals, most instruments
  • Robin Finck: guitar
  • Josh Freese: drums
  • Alessandro Cortini note 
  • Atticus Ross: programming

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  • Album Intro Track: "999,999".
  • Ate His Gun: "1,000,000":
    Put the gun
    In my mouth
    Close your eyes
    Blow my fuckin' brains out
    • According to one interpretation, the artwork for "Head Down" depicts this.
  • Call-Back: The Art is Resistance logo from the Year Zero ARG reappears in the artwork for "Letting You".
  • Epic Rocking: "Corona Radiata" (7:34). It even used to be the longest original song in the main Nine Inch Nails discography, until Add Violence's "The Background World" (11:44).
  • Four Is Death: "The Four of Us Are Dying".
  • Miniscule Rocking: "999,999" (1:25).
  • Non-Appearing Title: "999,999", "Echoplex", "Corona Radiata", "The Four of Us Are Dying", and "Demon Seed"; half the album consists of these.
  • One-Word Title: "Discipline" and "Echoplex".
  • Protest Song: "Letting You".
  • Quieter Than Silence: The majority of "Corona Radiata" is ambient noise until the last couple of minutes.
  • The Shut-In: "Echoplex" appears to be about one, with lyrics like "I'm safe in here" and "You will never ever get to me in here".
  • Spiritual Successor: Can be seen as one to Ghosts I-IV. Both albums were initially planned to be EPs, released for free under a Creative Commons license, have pictures associated with each song, and were recorded/released within a few months of each other.
  • Splash of Color: The album cover is entirely in black and white, with the exception of the red stripe near the top.
    • This applies to most of the artwork associated with the songs, each being colored in shades of gray except for a thin red line (or lines). note 
  • Stop and Go: "1,000,000" features one not too long before the actual end of the song.
  • Textless Album Cover
  • The "The" Title: Applies to both the album itself and "The Four of Us Are Dying".
  • Title by Number: "999,999" and "1,000,000".
  • Together in Death: The chorus of "Lights in the Sky" seems to imply this:
    Watching you drown
    I'll follow you down
    I am here right beside you
    The lights in the sky
    Have finally arrived
    I am staying right beside you
    ——
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