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After old-style Numan? Then start here....,
This review is from: The Pleasure Principle + 7 Bonus Tracks (Audio CD)
If you look back on Gary Numan's big 3 albums as being 'Replicas', 'The Pleasure Principle' and 'Telekon' then this is undoubtedly my personal favourite of those albums. 'TPP' has a bigger, yet sparser sound than 'Replicas' and Numan does not crawl up his own rear-end with self-sympathising as he did on 'Telekon'. It is the album which created the sound which most people associate with Gary Numan, as he did away with guitars and immersed himself and his new, bigger band in the (then) latest technology, resulting in an album of full-on synthesizer songs. He really did capture the essence of what successful electronic music should be; commercial but not quite pure pop as the robotic bass synths and the mighty Vox Humana preset prevented this.
As most will know, this is the album that spawned 'Cars', his most enduring single, but most of the tracks here are of equal quality and better in some cases. The follow-up single is also included here, the soaring, emotional 'Complex' which was a brave move for Numan at the time and is my favourite track on 'TPP'. 'Tracks', 'Engineers', 'Observer' and 'Metal' could all have been singles while the phenomenal 'Films' and 'M.E.' are amongst the Numan legends. He does get a little self-indulgent on the lengthy 'Conversation' but it is still a good track nonetheless.
Highlights among the extras include Numan's 1979 live versions of the old Drifters tune 'On Broadway' and his own 'Bombers'. For me, the glory days of Gary Numan started with 'The Pleasure Principle'.