The six minute Under The Tongue, with its gorgeous snare drum, tonal explorations, and voice as just another instrument, should have been used as an exclamation mark to end Crazy Eyes, but instead the quiet, acoustic guitar driven lament of (Can’t She See) Head Of Fire, Part 2 ends the record, which is
disappointing as Head Of Fire didn’t need a revisit, and Part 2 is no Hurt. And this brings me back to Reznor and Nine Inch Nails; Nine Inch Nails has never been limited to one particular sound, one small patch of aural ground within the genre’s confines, but a cohesion across an album has always been maintained, with any drastic shifts occurring in the space between records, not on them. Patrick tries to cover too much ground on one record, creating the feeling of a collection of songs instead of the feeling of an album. Had Crazy Eyes featured a unity of purpose, the great songs on the record could have been extended to making a great album.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 5th April 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.