Many things have changed over the course of Trent Reznor's career. It's impossible to say otherwise. One does not go from here:

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to here:

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Without some adaptation along the way. But for all that change, there are still some constants in Reznor's output. Musician (and Nine Inch Nails fan) Freddy Scott is blowing up the internet today by deftly pointing them out with a step-by-step parody/instruction manual:

What makes this work so well is that it's obviously a parody of Reznor's latest single, Copy of a Copy, but it's not really that obvious, not until Scott tips his hand at the chorus. Up to that point, it really could be one of any number of Reznor's singles from the last five or six years. Except that Scott has managed to keep the bass intact on his parody, where Reznor has been increasingly inclined to remove any sense of dynamics from his rhythm section.

I'm not saying that formula is necessarily bad. You execute an appealing formula well, you can get a lot of mileage out of your career. Ask AC/DC, for example. But as Scott is pointing out with this good-natured gag of a track, maybe the recipe could use a little tweaking.

Personally, I think kicking over a couple drumsets again would be nice.