Reznor is a genius even if you only look at what he’s done with film. The Natural Born Killers soundtrack is a thing of beauty. I haven’t watched Soul yet but i heard he crushed that too and Disney even provided this hidden nugget in the movie.
My favorite is the downward spiral but I’d say the fragile is the most accessible best way to jump in.
The first Ghosts release from 2008 (definitely not the boring second ghosts release) is also completely instrumental and absolutely amazing. It would be a good way to get a feel for Reznors creativity and vibe. I love love love that album so much.
Just made it through With Teeth. Definitely solid stuff but still a few tunes that I was meh about. The Collector is definitely a banger and I dug Every Day and Getting Smaller. Not sure if I’m motivated enough to check the rest of the discog but definitely didn’t hate it.
I still think With Teeth is the best starting point for somebody that’s not familiar with them. Fragile is definitely a better representation of NIN as a whole but it’s also not ideal to throw a double album on somebody right off the start.