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As a pioneer of EDM and industrial music Gary Numan’s influence has been recognized by a diverse array of the world’s greatest artists—from Prince to Lady Gaga, Jack White to Kanye West; Beck to Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Foo Fighters to Nine Inch Nails. Numan’s impact was crystallized in the U.S. some three decades ago with his now legendary performance of his ... Read more in Amazon's Gary Numan Store

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  • Audio CD (9 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • ASIN: B00000IWWX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 917,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Machine And Soul
2. Generator
3. The Skin Game
4. Poison
5. I Wonder
6. Emotion
7. Cry
8. U Got The Look
9. Love Isolation
10. Hanoi (Emotion B-Side)
11. In A Glasshouse (Emotion B-Side)
12. Wonder Eye (Demo Version Of I Wonder)
13. Cry Baby (Demo Version Of Cry)
14. The Hauntings (Machine And Soul B-Side)
15. 1999 (Machine And Soul B-Side)
16. Dark Mountain (The Skin Game B-Side)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Hunter VINE VOICE on 27 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
Fairly well recognised as the watershed where Gary hit the bottom of the barrel before making a big change in his career direction.
I actually think there are some decent tracks on here. 'Skin Game' is OK, as is 'I Wonder'. Where things really go wrong is the whole experiment with the funky sound. Just doesn't work. Earlier albums from the mid 80's had been much more successful in matching up the earlier dark keyboards with a bit of funk. In this record it's just overkill.
The Prince covers are very funny. I don't actually think they're that bad. Take them as they are, as throw away fillers and the extreme rarity that they are in that Numan rarely covers anything, then they are worth hearing. Not the first Numan album you should buy from his middle period but not quite the total write off some would have you believe.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mick E on 21 July 2003
Format: Audio CD
Although 'Machine + Soul' is definitely the biggest load of guff that Gary Numan has ever put out [although 'Human' and some of the Sharpe & Numan stuff are definitely up there], it may also turn out to be the most important album of his career. It was 1992 and Numan was thousands upon thousands in debt, he was so far out of the public eye he might as well have been invisible, his personal life was deteriorating rapidly and then, just when he really needed a killer release, he suffers an almighty bout of writer's block. Unable to take the album in any particular direction, he turned to his then guitarist Kipper who basically co-produced the thing and from then on it was doomed.

While some of Numan's previous albums, such as 'Metal Rhythm', contained elements of Janet Jackson and Prince (believe it or not!) it still had that touch of Numan's personality firmly stamped upon it, and this is where 'Machine + Soul' (and its predecessor 'Outland') really falls down; it is an album devoid of anything pertaining to Gary Numan. When the opening track has a chorus of 'so get up, get up and dance' you really know you're in amongst it. The title track, 'Cry', 'Generator' and 'Emotion' are trying so hard to be commercial, danceable electro-pop it's unreal. It's hard to see where Numan thought this stuff would fit into the music scene of the time, seeing as we were in the throes of Rave and the Madchester scene. Perhaps this has been Numan's problem for some time; he hasn't really fit into the musical landscape since '79/'80. The dreadful cover of Prince's 'U Got The Look' came from the 'Outland' days and shows just how far Numan was prepared to sell his soul to pay off his debts (although I don't blame him as such) and also how serious his lack of creativity really was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Snape on 29 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
If you ask Gary Numan about this album today, he cringes. And rightly so, it' very poor. Recorded at what he himself acknowledges was his personal and creative low point, it's not a good album by any calculation. Large parts of it were written by his collaborator, (called Kipper, please..)and it shows; there's hardly any similarity to anything else he's ever recorded.
There is one truly appalling moment on the album - U Got The Look. Arguably a title contender for worst cover of all time. There are a few glimmers of hope, the title track is not bad Cry, is OK, but that's it.
Mercifully he faced the eye of the abyss and returned two years later creatively reborn, with Sacrifice. He hasn't looked back since.
Steer well clear.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skinmechanic on 24 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
When this album was first released, both Numan and his Fans were happy with the release. Shortly after his follow-up album, "Sacrifice"'94 a return to Synths and Guitar "Machine & Soul" was quickly forgotten, and slated by Numan, his fans quickly followed suit. Although the album doesn't have much of the trademark NUMAN sound on it, as a collection of Pop songs it stands up pretty well, and has more detailed production and recording values than any albums released after, which seem devoid of any production or mixing values. This album does suffer from Numan's general basic mixing but due to the period this album was written probably has some of his best written lyrics on "Poison" and "The Skin Game".
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By JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU VINE VOICE on 28 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
Maybe not the best of all of Gary's white funk albums but the most entertaining and fun of them all in my humble opinion.Production is VERY low budget (just keyboards and guitar with female backsinging) the songs are more Prince influenced than ever before with a cover of You Got The Look I actually find better than the original.Not a weak track on the whole cd as oppossed to earlier efforts..

I HAD to knock a star off what would have been a 5 stars rating because of the sound.Muddy upper treble and Gary's voice sounding like it had been recorded through a brick wall and the midrange and female singing are unpleasantly strident .

A must for Numan completist and people who,like me,enjoy his white funk period.

BY OLDESTPUNKINARGENTINA (proud member of the AFEnet forum)
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By James Choma on 21 Nov 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is not Gary Numan's best album. I think the Prince cover songs have a lot to do with the negativity sorrounding the CD. "1999" and "You Got the Look" sound strange and out of place. But there are a few brilliant moments on this CD:
1. Skin Game - a great mechanical sounding wall of sound!
2. Machine and Soul - Another good song amid the uninspired tracks.
3. I Wonder - a great ballad with wonderful lyrics
4. Cry - another awesome ballad
5. Generator - The song has a definite dance clubfeel, but it actually works.
The rest... well, it's just there. I'm a huge fan of Gary's music (I don't hate any of it) but I'd have to rank this one just below middle of the road.
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