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Warriors

9 Dec 2002

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 Dec 2002
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • Copyright: 2002 Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
  • Total Length: 1:16:36
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  • ASIN: B001MTTUAO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,926 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3.4 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pink on 8 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
On `Warriors' Gary Numan took the funk elements introduced on previous album `I Assassin' to the next level by throwing saxophone, slap-bass and breathy female backing vocals into the mix alongside his own trademark synths, which understandably alienated some of the faithful when it was first released in 1983.

But underneath the bells and whistles, it was business as usual really as Numan delivered yet another set of quirky, eccentric and memorable songs, which in this case worked especially well live. Showcased on the `comeback' tour that year, these songs were well-performed and exciting (although I was always suspicious of how John Webb had suddenly got so good on sax that he could effortlessly recreate Dick Morrissey's slippery solos note-for-note on stage!) and sat well with the earlier material.

Importantly, Numan did this kind of music really well. This is real, warm, organic funk, not the sequenced cyber-funk that he produced further down the line.

The album has many highlights, such as the morose but hypnotic title-track, the up-tempo jazz-funk of `This Prison Moon', the lazy groove of `Rythmn of The Evening' , the light and airy `The Iceman Comes', and the haunting machine-ballad `Love Is Like Clock Law'. There's also the bombastic `Sister Surprise', which despite the main riff sounding worryingly similar to Spandau Ballet's tuneless `Chant No.1', begins with one of Numan's most atmospheric intros and ends with a brilliant instrumental passage that I wish carried on for much longer.

Typically too, some of the best songs from the recording sessions were left off the original album and relegated to B-side status.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pete B on 28 Jan 2008
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this is one of my favourite albums from numan,its the one i find myself going back to over again,i think its probably the best produced album too,very crisp and clear,almost has a jazz feel to it with sax and heavy bass guitars but still plenty of synths too.
My favourite tracks are The iceman comes and This prison moon,they still remind me of the Warriors tour,great to see they have put the B sides of the singles on this new cd version too,if you like Numan you need this cd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith on 5 Oct 2013
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OK, it's not the best thing Numan has ever done but it has atmosphere and individuality and I'm very glad its part of my collection.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Dec 2003
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Quite simply, brilliant! You could almost hear the collective sneer of old-time Numanoids across the country when this one came out, as Gary showed that musically he was prepared to grow up, even if many of his fans weren't. The Mad-Max image was silly, admittedly, but don't let that fool you: while the image was Numan's olive-branch to the sci-fi heads who had helped make him a star, the music and the lyrics show a man who was no longer prepared to be pigeon-holed. This is jazz-fuelled electronica at its best, with Numan reflecting, but refusing to remain trapped in the past. The real future is beckoning, he seems to be saying, and it may be unknown and hostile; but clearly by this point in his career he couldn't wait to get there. Warriors, The Iceman Comes, The Rhythm of the Evening, all these are personal favourites and I agree with a previous poster who said that I Am Render is underrated. It isn't classic Numan by any means, but it's nowhere near as bad as others would have you believe. This album's not everyone's cup-of-tea, of course, but don't let the philistines put you off. Try it, you might find you like it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Snape on 11 Mar 2003
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In 1983, Warriors was released by Numan and toured up and down the country in a 40 date program. The tour was Numan's "comeback" after retiring from live performances in 1981. He'd just spent about a year as a tax exile in America and was to return in a blaze of Mad Max inspired glory. The stage set for the tour was enormous - a two storey mock up of a post apocalyptic bombed out building. Some venues couldn't house the set it was that big.
The album itself was similarly ambitious. Surrounding himself with accomplished musicians including Joe Hubbard (jazz bassist) and Bill Nelson as guitarist and co-producer, the album does showcase some strong musical talent and skilful songwriting. Well produced, Warriors has a raw sound built around powerful drumming, percussive fretless bass and raucous guitar. Whilst definitely being an album of it's time, (how else could it be with all that fretless and slap bass)it does stand up fairly well today. There are some standout tracks - The Iceman Comes, Warriors, The Tick Tock Man, My Centurion and The Rythmn of The Evening. The extra tracks are all good too apart from the "lost" track Nameless and Forgotten, which maybe should have been.
After this album, he released Berserker, famous for the ridiculous white and blue makeup, and the career started to spiral. Some would argue that he didn't release another good album until 1994.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M Evans on 16 Feb 2011
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"Warriors" is the first really disappointing Gary Numan album. Progressing in a similar vein to the previous but far superior "I, Assassin", but unfortuantely introducing a heck of a lot of cheesy-sounding 80's sax and female backing vocals into the mix, and consequently "Warriors" now sounds horrendously dated. This over-reliance of female backing singers and sax music would continue for the rest of the decade as Numan put out increasingly poor albums and his creative well all but dried up. He sold out basically - harsh but true - money problems caused him to try and be "commercial". Anyway, back to Warriors. The cover is awful - Gary trying to look like Mad Max is not a good look at all. In fact it's his worse. He just looks a bit sad. There a are a small handful of good tunes - the title track, The Iceman Comes, My Centurion. But then there's some real dross like Sister Surprise, and the abysmal I Am Render (cheesy sax overload). This album was the start of Gary's decline for the next 10 years. The album isn't dreadful but it's certainly one of his least appealing albums.
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