''The Fragile'' is the fourth studio release by American industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails, released on September 21, 1999, by Interscope Records. The album was produced by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and long-time collaborator Alan Moulder. In contrast to the heavily distorted instruments and gritty industrial sounds of Nine Inch Nails' previous album, ''The Downward Spiral'', the double concept album relies more on soundscapes, electronic beats, ambient noise, and rock-laden guitar. Lyrically, the album is more introspective and personal than the act's previous releases.
Upon release, ''The Fragile'' peaked at number 1 on the ''Billboard'' 200 chart, before quickly dropping to number 16. The album was commercially successful, selling one million copies within its first month of release. Despite some criticism for its length and lyrical substance, the album received positive reviews from music critics with large amounts of praise being bestowed upon the album by several publications. - Wikipedia