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5.0 out of 5 stars
Incessant, intense and confident!, 5 Mar. 2006
Numan's journey over the past decade has seen him increasingly diversify into deeper, emotive areas of the heart. In this latest offering, the listener is invited to look inside and to empathise with Numan's vulnerability; unexpectedly, Numan turns and the listener is sonically assaulted and battered by layers of incessant, intense musical power! Whilst down on the ground, the listener turns in awe and shock only to be blasted by waves of anger, despair and rage. There is some serious transference going on here - and some fantastic musicianship from all concerned. And that's just the first song...
The tentative tinkerings made by Numan that have finally led to this individualistic, innovative and unique musical experience were seen in his previous release 'Pure' (2000). There is an imperious confidence displayed throughout this accomplished set, suggesting a man that has seen it all - who has experienced life to the full - and who still is unafraid to step up to the mark. This is a more rounded, honed experience - pleasantly different from the confident youthful swagger seen on 'Replicas' and 'The Pleasure Principle'.
If 'Pure' was 'The Wicker Man', then 'Jagged' must surely be 'Paradise Lost'. Verily, 'tis epic.