7. Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor, the industrial art rocker behind Nine Inch Nails, has come up with a sprawling double disc that's filled with frenzy, fever, anguish, rage and paranoia ? all wrapped into a devastatingly potent sonic attack. Awash in distorted keyboards, nearly unrecognizable guitars and crushing beats, the album provides a cacophonous counterpoint to the teen pop, rap, and hip-hop that have been dominating charts at the century's end. Of special note is a wondrous series of songs midway through the first CD, starting with the guitar maze of the title cut and continuing through the classical/industrial explosion on the instrumental ?Just Like You Imagined,? the sonar propulsion of ?Even Deeper,? and the chaotic ?Pilgrimage,? which sounds like the score for a biblical epic in Y2K.