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.
- "999,999" (1:25)
- "1,000,000" (3:56)
- "Letting You" (3:49)
- "Discipline" (4:19)
- "Echoplex" (4:45)
- "Head Down" (4:55)
- "Lights in the Sky" (3:29)
- "Corona Radiata" (7:34)
- "The Four of Us Are Dying" (4:37)
- "Demon Seed" (4:59)
- Trent Reznor: vocals, most instruments
- Robin Finck: guitar
- Josh Freese: drums
- Alessandro Cortini note
- Atticus Ross: programming
Tropes in the Sky:
- 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