I've made no secret of my admiration for the way Trent's been managing the pre-release buzz of this record. It's up now streaming (in surprisingly high quality) at yearzero.nin.com (in the upper right corner) so you can listen to it and see what all the fuss is about.
What I've kept a little more secret is that I've never really spent much time with NIN in the past. In fact, truth be told, I always thought NIN enjoyed a special breed of hype shared by the likes of Beck and Kid A-era Radiohead. That is to say, it's good, but it's really not THAT good. Seeing Trent do it live last summer changed my mind. And listening to this new record is reaffirming that shift. This shit is that good.
Make sure to listen to "The Good Soldier" and "Capital G."