Upon its release in 1980, Record Mirror's cloth-eared journalist Chris Westwood wrote during the course of a vitriolic review ,"Gary Numan doesn't try to solve his problems, he sells them...Telekon is bad". At the time, the music press had nothing but insults to throw at Gary Numan. I wonder how Mr Westwood and his fellow hacks have reacted to the fact that Numan is now regarded as a pioneer whose name is treated with reverence? For me, "Telekon" is Numan's finest hour. Although an instant chart topper, sales were well down on his two albums of 1979 and this is almost certainly due to the album's uncommerciality. In fact, "Telekon" is probably the most uncommercial LP ever to hit the Number One spot. In retrospect, this point goes in Numan's favour, as it proves that he wasn't afraid to take risks - even when the stakes were high. The album's bleak lyrics perfectly match the atmospheric musical accompaniment. Whirling synthesisers blend beautifully with violin and piano to create magnificent soundscapes, and it is mind-boggling that someone with no formal musical training was able to come up with such sophisticated compositions and arrangements. I find it impossible to select tracks worthy of particular merit, as the overall standard is consistently high throughout. "Telekon" is a landmark album, and an essential collection for anyone with an interest in electronic music.