Industrial-rock icons Nine Inch Nails might have reclaimed much of their original fire with their last album, but the group’s new DVD captures the mechanized experience of them live but with little feeling that human artistry is involved.
With a new album already in the can, singer-songwriter Sam Beam, aka Iron & Wine, decided to debut most of it at a one-off performance Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater on Thursday night.
It wasn’t purple, but the tropical rain that soaked Prince and all of those inside Miami’s Dolphin Stadium on Sunday night was an unintended and probably unwelcome special effect for the Super Bowl Halftime show.
Showcasing plenty of all-star support, the new “solo album” by Timbaland was likely designed to demonstrate the range of pop music’s most-in-demand producer as well as his sway among the industry’s elite. Instead, the disc illuminates his creative weaknesses.