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The One Where The Rot Set In
on 10 February 2012
Opinion is divided among fans as to when exactly the rot started to set into Gary Numan's work, but for me this was the one.
By this time Gary was composing solely for the PPG Wave sampler/sequencer and in contrast to previous album `Berserker', here its hard sound is not softened by a human rythmn section or any organic instrumentation. The result is a cold, soul-less affair that, while not necessarily repelling the listener, doesn't exactly draw you in.
It's not all bad though. Numan's peerless songwriting was still intact and there are some great songs on `The Fury', such as the poppy `Your Fascination', the clanking robotic `Creatures' and the sleazy machine-funk of `Tricks'. Add those to the beautiful ballad `I Still Remember', the chilling, claustrophobic `God Only Knows' and the stomping single `Call Out The Dogs' and you've got some excellent material, it's just that it's presented in such a dry, charmless manner.
This was also his first album to include any filler; the drab and uninspired `Pleasure Skin' and tuneless `This Disease' would not be missed if they were accidentally deleted from your I-Pod, and neither would the forgettable single 'Miracles' nor any of the B-sides from the era.
If you're a fan, you'll already own at least one copy of `The Fury'. But if you're new to Numan, `The Fury' is hardly a dreadful album but there are way, way better ones. I'd recommend you start somewhere earlier in his catalogue, or with any releases from 1994 onwards.