Review: Trent Reznor, ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Review: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ : Aidin Vaziri | Was there a better sight this year than seeing Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails’ resident howling psychopath, wearing a tuxedo and giving up his best Hollywood smile at the Academy Awards? He even got to pick up a little golden man for best original score for his soundtrack to “The Social Network,” a collaboration with Atticus Ross. The pair reunites for the same purpose on director David Fincher’s remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” a project Reznor has described as “some of the most beautiful and disturbing music of our careers.” But without the visuals, much of the three-hour set feels like mere mood music. His touch emerges in the creepy air that suffuses “Revealed in the Thaw,” the menacing buzz of “A Thousand Details” and the taut industrial racket of “An Itch.” But the highly mechanized take on Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” with Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O mimicking Robert Plant, feels a little too reverent, while the dated cover of Bryan Ferry’s “Is Your Love Strong Enough” with side project How to Destroy Angels seems to have been tacked on primarily to draw attention to the singer Mariqueen Maandig – a.k.a. Mrs. Reznor.

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