As the lone artistic voice behind Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor regularly had the pleasure of answering to no one during NIN's approximately 20-year run of emotionally damaged hard rock. Now in his mid-40s and into his second career as a film composer, Reznor not only is having to learn a new discipline, but adjust to ceding control and holding back his reflex of saying 'no.'
Take, for instance, the music that opens David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," which marks the second film score for Reznor and his latter-days NIN producer Atticus Ross. The tune is familiar -- Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" -- and the sound recalls the underground, synthetic aggressiveness of Reznor's work with NIN. It's a collaboration with Yeah Yeah Yeahs' singer Karen O, and none of it was Reznor's idea.