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4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked the covers and samples - buy it, 29 July 2002
This review is from: Exposure: the Best of Gary Numan 1977-2002 (Audio CD)
The problem with Gary Numan "best ofs" is that they are usually reviewed by die hard fans, when arguably the purpose of such a compilation is to introduce an artist to new fans or give a handy synopsis for the more casual fan. Inevitably, the die hard is never happy and wants more tracks included.
I've bought every Gary Numan studio album and seen him live too many times to count, so it's easy to see which camp I'm in.
However, I believe that this is an accurate summary of an extensive career. It isn't really aimed at the die hard fan but rather at jumping on the back of all the recent publicity that has put this oft maligned artist back into the public eye.
Exposure does collect material that stands the test of time and wisely omits some of Numan's patchy material. Arguably, he didn't release a decent album between 1983 and 1994, and wisely there's no evidence of this material here. The emphasis on the last album, Pure, makes sense - it was released to critical acclaim and spawned his only top 30 original single (Rip) for over a decade. If Exposure was intended to provide a compilation for a new audience, then you can't really fault the tracklist.
Classic tracks from the 70's are here, which have the closest relation to his new material which is far heavier and industrial. The early songs give and indication as to why he has been such an influence on artists today. The later material shows that he can bang it out just as well as NIN, Filter or Manson to name a few.
It's a good album. If you don't know his music, it gives you a quick insight into his better stuff; if you're a die hard fan, it doesn't offer much new, but makes a good collection to have on in the car etc.
If you've got the dough to spare though, buy "Replicas", "Pure", "The Pleasure Principle" and "Telekon".
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2009 01:18:32 GMT
Optimus says:
I like what you have put about "best of" albums being an introduction to an artist, I totally agree. Well said.

However, saying that Gary Numan didn't do a decent album between 1983 and 1994, I would say that that is personal taste. You cannot always judge the strength of the material on an album, by the number of chart hits that that particular era had.

Posted on 27 Oct 2013 10:37:03 GMT
agree with everything you say... like him lots and there have been worse compilations...
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