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5.0 out of 5 stars Replicas: Possibly the best new wave album in the world.,
This review is from: Replicas (Audio CD)This is THE album. Timeless. Youthful memories of seeing the original alien in black appear on my parents television in 1979 with the amazing synth driven 'Are Friend's Electric'. An instant star (and lifelong hero) was born. Forget any other inferior synth bands of the 80's, The Human League, Soft Cell, Depeche Mode and the like, they had nothing on this guy. Always one step ahead.
If you are new to the Numan sound you must absolutely buy this album, it is essential. Rock guitar fused with good old analogue synths (how i lament the passing of the old Moogs). But hang on, i aint no 80's throwback, and neither is this.
All the stuff i listen too now: Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, KoRn, to name but a few, all have cited this album as an influence, amongst many others.
It has shaped my music collection and even though i am an old timer now at 42 years old (and still wearing black haha), my love of music is strong because of this album. My wife's love of music is strong because of Numans influence on KoRn's "Issues" album - christ, thats how i met the lady of my life! Our lads too, cant wait for thier chance to go to the next Gary Numan gig, and so a love of exciting music is passed on a generation.
A great testament to a tremendous artist, go buy the first Tubeway Army album, The Pleasure Principle, Telekon, and then try Sacrifice, Exile and the amazing Pure. Cant wait for Jagged Halo. Thanks Gary.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic,
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This review is from: Replicas (Audio CD)This is a phenomenal album, sounding totally pioneering and amazing considering this was released in April of 1979 and its successor The Pleasure Principle (featuring Cars) was marginally better and was released in September of 1979. The music is truly weird synth pop but Numan had a great sense of hooks and often added some excellent and memorable guitar riffs. For most people the obvious standout tracks are Down In The Park and Are Friends Electric and whilst these both are truly excellent tracks there are some lesser known songs on here, such as Machman and the title track that stand up just as well. If the cover art is disturbing then some of the lyricism here is equally as controversial (Praying To The Aliens, some of the verses in Down In The Park). Nevertheless the music and overall quality on this album is what keeps you coming back... this is top value for money. Also pick up The Pleasure Principle, an album very similar in the vein of this one considering it was released only five months afterwards.
5.0 out of 5 stars sci fi music.,
This review is from: Replicas (Audio CD)I bought this álbum after being informed it was created with the film Blade runner in mind...It is fantastic, sci fi bought to the music World, still ahead of its time after 30 years ago of being released....Brilliant for listening to while driving a car late at night in the middle of nowhere or on a motorway. 10/10 for me Numans best álbum by far.
5.0 out of 5 stars Retro rock or what.,
This review is from: Replicas (Audio CD)Replicas is one of the finest albums of the eighties. Tubeway Army and Down in the Park are two tracks i have never grown tired of hearing but now, with the rest of the original album, we have bonus tracks. and that really is a bonus.
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS EVER,
This review is from: Replicas (Audio CD)There's not a lot I can say about this album that's not already been said by the other reviewers. Reviewing music is always difficult - it's always going to be subjective. But in my opinion, this is one of the most influential albums of the last forty years & should be in the same league as "Dark Side Of The Moon", "Diamond Dogs" "Scary Monsters", "Dare", "Autobahn" & - dare I say it & be called a heretic - "Unknown Pleasures" & "Closer"
I bought this album back in '79 at the age of 15 & it was the greatest thing I'd heard. It managed to involve me completely - it's darkness & bleakness were all enveloping - it was never going to be background music. Numan managed to convey his vision of loneliness & isolation in a dystopian future so vividly that it was scary. It's not a happy album - but then I suppose that was Numans idea. Small wonder that Numan has now announced he suffers from Aspergers.
However, it is a compelling listen from the first single, almost whiney keyboard notes of "Me, I Disconnect From You" through to the last synthetic drum crashes of "I Nearly Married A Human". "You Are In My Vision" & "Replicas) are particular favourites, but to me, there are no duff tracks on this album, & the re-release with extra tracks is magnificent.
Numans next two albums were good, but this is superb - if Numan had kept up this level who knows how big he would have been now. I saw him touring "Replicas" in 2008 - I have been to hundreds of gigs & this was up there. If you have any interest in synth music, especially the bleaker styles of Kraftwerk etc, you will like this album.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Early Gary Numan - raw, chilling and not in the mellow sense,
This review is from: Replicas (Audio CD)I'm sure most people have an album that formed a soundtrack to their lives at some point in their years and in 1979 for most of it, this one seemed to be mine. It's dark, dystopian and occasionally deeply melancholic world conveyed in electronic synth music captivated me from the start. It may be a ropey thing to say now many years further on - but when things were clashing, not making sense and falling apart, this album seemed to be a tonic to listen too and what a tonic it was. There's a lot been said about Gary Numan's influences at the timelike Kraftwerk, Bowie, John Foxx etc but for a young bloke and his band breaking off in such a bold electronic direction away from punk as it were, this stuff was awesome.
Somehow it's not suffered that badly with the passage of time and although Mr. Numan has reinvented himself a few times over, been sadly cast to the wilderness and back again and is now rightfully finally gaining some seriously long overdue respect from the music industry, (even though he has pulled himself away from his earlier catalogue), this album stands as a beacon of something chillingly good - and not in the mellow sense. If you like your electronic music to be on the sinister side, buy this then buy the 'Pleasure Principle' as well which follows it where Gary Numan really finds the motor that drives the robotic heart of his 'human amongst the machines' music.
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than before...,
This review is from: Replicas (Audio CD)I had this as an LP and buying the c.d. gave me some extra tracks that I had never heard before. Although it is many years later the tracks are still as hypnotizing as before. This album has definitely travelled with time. For me this is still the ultimate Gary Numan album.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enduring masterpiece,
This review is from: Replicas (Audio CD)With this album, Gary Numan & band took full advantage of the direction prepared by synth experimentalists Kraftwerk, Bowie, Giorgio Moroder and a few others. (Replicas owes a lot to Bowie's Low and Heroes but is original enough). The electronic music comes with an atmosphere of gloom and alienation as reflected in the opener Me, I Disconnect From You, and the theme runs right through songs like Praying To The Aliens and the sinister Down In The Park with its beautiful instrumental flourishes. The prominent guitars on You Are In My Vision and It Must Have Been Years make them driving rock songs, while the title track now reminds me of the band OMD that arrived on the scene some years later. Two instrumentals follow: When the Machines Rock is a powerful composition reminiscent of Kraftwerk, while the desolation of the cinematic I Nearly Married A Human brings artists like Peter Baumann and Bowie to mind. The big hit Are Friens Electric? Is a real gem of a song and still sounds unique after so many years. The added tracks are a great bonus and have assured Replicas a 5-star rating.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Portent for the 1980s,
This review is from: Replicas (Audio CD)When 'Are Friends Electric?' hit number one in thick of 1979 new wave, it announced the coming of the synth-age. These days, you realise that the track is quite distinct in feel to the era it presaged. Conventional drums, guitar and bass are still prominent on Gary Numan's breakthrough hit and album. It has aged well, though, remarkable considering it took a critical battering even when it was released. At least Numan was candid about his admiration of Ultravox! and the fact that he'd borrowed heavily from the John Foxx's luckless outfit. Where Foxx tackled the current state of the world with gravitas, however, Numan created his own world, a nightmare vision of the future that took Huxley's 'Brave New World' to gloomier depths. This fantasy, comic-book realm connected, with its 'Machmen', robot companions and killing machines.
'Replicas' tends to be at its best on the beatier material, particularly 'Me, I Disconnect From You' and the b-side bonus, 'We Are So Fragile'. Of the slower tracks, the hit and 'Down In The Park' with its lumbering 'footstep' percussion are the best. Otherwise, Numan's drawl cn be a bit wearisome. Even so, this album is full of good melodies and chilling atmospherics. Still an entertaining listen.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the originality of replicas has never been surpassed,
This review is from: Replicas (Audio CD)I remember when I first heard "Are friends electric?" some 25 years ago:it was the most original sounding track I had ever heard.It was a break from the past and I think it is no exaggeration to say that it was as great a landmark in musical terms as the transition from playing a Mozart piano concerto on a Harpsichord to playing a piano concerto by Beethoven on a modern acoustic piano -such was the sophistication and beauty of the sound Gary Newman created.I'm not someone who ,in general,likes the sound of synthesisers and electronic music but even now I can replay many of the songs from Replicas in my head because they are so good and noteworthy.In "Me I disconnect from you" Newman sings "The alarm rang for days." This album was on my player for months.
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