Hot on the heels of Ghosts I-IV comes the free, downloadable The Slip, another independently released album from NIN mastermind Trent Reznor. Reznor’s ability to never recreate the same album twice continues with The Slip.

With its drum-heavy nature and ambient breaks along the way, this album sounds like the amalgamation of With Teeth, Ghosts I-IV and Year Zero. The catchiness of With Teeth mixed with the broody nature of Ghosts I-IV and the offbeat, odd-time signature-driven Year Zero, make this album one of the more unique releases Reznor has ever put out.

Thanks to the power of the Internet and no record label pressure, it finally doesn’t take Reznor five years to release a new album.

Grade: A

The Slip is currently available.