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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00CHVXVME
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,603 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pink on 13 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This was Gary Numan's last album of the 80's and relative to the gradually declining quality of his recent output, was rather good.

The album benefits from crisp, shiny production and a wide range of new synth sounds that give the material a lush texture. And maybe it was because this was the first delivery of a new record deal, the songwriting was sharp and the mood was `up', with a melodic sense that had been missing for a while.

`Metal Rythmn' has a number of highlights, which include the rocky `New Anger', the lively funk of `Young Heart', the breathy pop of `America' and fan-favourites `Voix' and `Respect' amongst others. The new songs worked really well live too and the shows that year were excellent.

If you're new to Numan, you might be better off starting somewhere earlier in his catalogue, or with any releases from 1994 onwards. But otherwise it was certainly one of the best in a relatively weak period and a worthy addition to the Numan canon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mick E on 10 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I always found that opinions on 'Metal Rhythm' fell into two categories:

A) that it was an excellent, tough piece of electro-funk
B) that it's sound had strayed too far from the sounds of 'Replicas' and 'Telekon'

While I understood the concerns of fans who were 'point B', I basically thought that 'Metal Rhythm' stands not only as one of Numan's better collections from the middle years, but is also arguably his last really well-produced album.

Numan adopted a funkier, yet more aggressive stance for this album, losing the dreaminess and occasional lack of cohesion of 'Strange Charm'. From the superb opener 'This Is Emotion' (he generally opened albums well) right through to the final track 'Don't Call My Name', Numan carves up an electro-funk feast with stuff like 'Respect', 'Hunger', 'Cold Metal Rhythm' and the now classic 'Voix'.

Although there is undoubtedly some blatant creative-copying flying around on 'Metal Rhythm' this is still a tremendous album and undoubtedly among Numan's finest.
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By M Evans on 25 Feb. 2011
Format: Audio CD
1988's "Metal Rythm" is easily Numan's most funked-up and danceable album. When most people think of Gary Numan they don't imagine funky, Prince/Janet Jackson-esque dance pop, but this was the kind of music that Numan was mainly putting out in the period from around 1985-1992. God knows why, as the style doesn't suit him at all. Occasionally this style worked quite well and there are a few decent tracks from this period, but more often than not his music from this period sucked big time. Numan seemed obsessed with sax music and female backing singers and the majority of the time these ingredients completely obscured the classic Numan sound and his records came across as very bland, generic and incredibly dated-sounding cheesy 80's dance pop. "Metal Rythm" is probably the ultimate example of this era of Numan's music, although it's slightly better than some of the other albums of his around this time as several tunes are actually fairly decent (This Is Emotion, Voix, Cold Metal Rythm and America). Unfortunatley there are also a fair few turkeys ( Devious and New Anger spring to mind) and a few boring ballads (Heart, Don't Call My Name). Numan had completely lost his unique identity at this stage of his career, preferring to try and sound as commercial as possible and ending up churning out some very mediocre and repetetive stuff. "Metal Rythm" is a very listenable and fairly decent album but is also very forgettable and quite "samey" at the same time. Still, it's miles better than his next two efforts...
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By JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU VINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Funk ? yeah ! Pop ? indeed ! Dance ? you bet ! Industrial ? somewhat. This album is a dense,powerful amalgam of all of the above styles,in Numan´s very own.Very synth heavy,loaded with samples,very polished,with a slick guitarwork somewhat (unfortunately) purposely compressed and buried in the mix .
There's even a wink to Robert Palmer on track 3.I've never listened to a single song by Janet Jackson but she's cited as an influence.This is cold black music.Sounds contradictory ? You bet,but then again it's G.Numan we're talking about.This album is in the middle of his infamous ¨mid-period¨ which some fans appreciate (if to a lesser degree) and most despise.The female backing vocals reach flat out excess this time when compared with his previous work (I could have used them a tad lower in the mix).There are 5 excellent bonus tracks at the end some of which are imaginative DJ remixes,one of which strikes one as an odd,anachronic choice,the My Dying Machine William Orbit.I was even reluctant to give it a first listen till I noticed there was a great deal of loud,upfront guitarwork in it,making it almost better than the original,despite a rather murky sound.The overall sound is very good to excellent,it has been remastered but it's a little tonally uneven from song to song.The 7''mix of ¨America¨ is definitevely not the same as the one I got on my ¨New Dreams For Old ¨ comp making it a good addition to my Numan collection.
Nice,but not an essential purchase.
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By JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU VINE VOICE on 28 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
Funk ? yeah ! Pop ? indeed ! Dance ? you bet ! Industrial ? somewhat. This album is a dense,powerful amalgam of all of the above styles,in Numan?s very own.Very synth heavy,loaded with samples,very polished,with a slick guitarwork somewhat (unfortunately) purposely compressed and buried in the mix .

There's even a wink to Robert Palmer on track 3.I've never listened to a single song by Janet Jackson but she's cited as an influence.This is cold black music.Sounds contradictory ? You bet,but then again it's G.Numan we're talking about.This album is in the middle of his infamous mid-period which some fans appreciate (if to a lesser degree) and most despise.The female backing vocals reach flat out excess this time when compared with his previous work (I could have used them a tad lower in the mix).There are 5 excellent bonus tracks at the end some of which are imaginative DJ remixes,one of which strikes one as an odd,anachronic choice,the My Dying Machine William Orbit.I was even reluctant to give it a first listen till I noticed there was a great deal of loud,upfront guitarwork in it,making it almost better than the original,despite a rather murky sound.The overall sound is very good to excellent,it has been remastered but it's a little tonally uneven from song to song.The 7''mix of America is definitevely not the same as the one I got on my New Dreams For Old comp making it a good addition to my Numan collection.

Nice,but not an essential purchase.
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