Rated 8 out of 10.
Gary Numan has been around since the 70s, a pioneer of not only what was called New Wave, but tracks like Cars, Down In The Park and Are Friends Electric laid down the groundwork for industrial music, and what people would go on to call Dark Wave, influencing bands like Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters, Marilyn and Fear Factory, three of these bands have covered Numan.
Although he has more or less put out albums consistently, the album that really caught my attention was 2013’s Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind), as there was an accompanying documentary which details some of his struggles, his family, and how the album came together. If you haven’t checked the album out and are remotely into any of the bands listed above, I definitely recommend it.
His latest release, Savage (Songs From A Broken World) continues the groundwork laid with Splinter, although the subject matter is very different. Savage is a concept album based upon a post-apocalyptic world where two societies collide to reshape the world. The album is a natural progression from the previous release. He has been working with guitarist Steve Harris of Archive since 2000’s Pure, and has worked with the same core band since 2011’s Dead Son Rising.
For anyone looking for synth pop, you won’t find it, this is an industrial rock album through and through, with a lot of guitar, eerie samples, and Numan’s iconic voice. For anyone knocking the choice of the album being reviewed, this album is definitely closer to NIN than Softcells, or anything else you might associate his hits to. A very solid rock album, and one of the better rock releases to come out in 2017.
Standout Tracks: Ghost Nation, Bed Of Thorns, My Name Is Ruin, The End Of Things