Easily Numan's best album since the early 80's. (The recent-ish Exile and it's predecesor Sacrifice were both excellent albums, and marked the start of this blistering return to form, but neither hold a candle to Pure.)
Gary seems to have rediscovered the joys of writing for himself rather than what he thinks his fans want to hear (and I speak as a fan of some 20 years), and this comes across in the confidence and menace of each and every offering here.
But how to make a brilliant album even greater? Simple. Include 5 tracks from his recent Brixton show which, as any Numan fan who was there will tell you, was the most intense, dark and powerful gig that Numan has done in years, if not ever.
(Oh yeah, and 2 remixes, but hey, you can't have it all...)
He owned the stage at Brixton that night, stalking it like a man both possessed and reborn, and this comes across in the live offerings here.
In short, this double pack is dark, brooding and magnificent. An essential addition to any Numan fan's collection. (If you've already got Pure, then still buy this and give your original copy to a friend who still thinks all he's ever done is Cars - chances are they'll be (un)pleasantly surprised.....)