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  • Audio CD (25 Sept. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B000H1C3U2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  DVD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Blue hair? Check.

White face? Check.

White clothes? Check.

Hell, this must be Berserker.

Excellent album by the way. Opinion is divided, and many fans agree that the rot had set in by now, but I think that came a little later. However I would say that this was Gary Numan's last great album for a decade.

It would be the final time that the full live band would appear on a studio recording. It was also the first album to feature the PPG Wave sampler/sequencer, which lends a cold hard edge to the music, but at this point Numan was using it to add layers of colour to the organic bass, drums, guitars and synths, rather than composing specifically for it as he did on later albums. But it does steer the overall sound well away from the jazz-funk styling of previous album `Warriors'.

Aside from the rather uninspiring title-track, `Berserker' is brimming with unusual songs and inventive sounds, with `This Is New Love', `The Secret' and the rocky `The Hunter' being among my favourite Numan songs from the era. This album also features the shimmering `My Dying Machine' complete with crashing electronic drums and the brilliant `The God Film' with its stunning bass-solo at the end. And the claustrophobic `Cold Warning' even sees the return of Chris Payne's viola for added interest.

And nearly three decades after queuing up in the Oxford Street HMV for a signed copy on its release day in 1984, I still revisit and enjoy `Berserker' once or twice a year, which I guess must count for something.

So perhaps not the best place to start, but if you're investigating Numan's back-catalogue I would certainly recommend this as one of the great ones.
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lost under the stickly sweet nastiness of the mid eighties Numan created one of his finest albums, musically and lyrically from the title song to the last Numan dishes up another paranoid and weary review of the world, the man is amazing, the album magnificent, buy it.
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An odd, and misleading title this. One dvd of a concert from the mid 80s era, and one cd laced with ubiquitous 'live' tracks of songs dating back to 1980. Some Strange Charm tracks, some Fury tracks, some Machine and Soul tracks plus other rare oddities such as London Times. Not really Strange Charm at all! The vendor never got this to me, but luckily, this borrowed copy can go right back. Not a keeper I'm afraid.
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I was inspired to search for "Berserker" after reading a review of Dada Pogrom's album "Apocalypso". Although the two artists are similar in their genre, it is really clear how Gary Numan has inspired and paved the way for contemporary artists, such as Dada Pogrom. "Cars" was a classic, but "Berserker" has the emotional landscape synonymous with nu dark wave, which I happen to like a lot. This is now on my list of "must haves".
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This CD is an all-time favorite of mine. It has a very 80's sound, but stands above most of the other material from that era in its continuity. from beginning to end, there's not a dull moment on "Berserker" - Well, "Pump it Up" isn't all that great now that I think about it... Strong songs are "Child With A Ghost," "The Secret," "Cold Warning," "My Dying Machine" and "The God Film".
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Controversial cottage industry P.K. Dick fan maverick with aspergers sidelined by radio stations up and down the country who got up Bowie's nose in the biggest way, what more do you need? Listen and bleed with him.

Berserker is notable for the heavy slap bass sound he used so well with ace Welsh fretless bassist Pino Palladino on stage. Like Ron Mael highly subversive and brilliant odd-ball lyricist whose Numanoid fan base is devoted beyond belief. Numan will never appeal to the masses, but if you like wearing black nothing but Numan will do, and he keeps on going, just fantastic.
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This is not a normal album. It is breaking down any kind of boundaries. Such powerfull sound, so many killer-riffs: Berserker; The hunter. And so beautifull "ballads": Here am I, The child with the ghost. This one is on the same level with Replicas. It sounds icy at first and it will sound icy at last, but in the time between: You're in sheer magic. You're just blown away.
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I wanted to get something more upbeat from Numan after falling in love with the Numan & Sharpe single "Change Your Mind". Although not in the same vein as that song this album is well written. It still keeps that dark Gothic Numan sound but is less stark than some of his other songs. Good melodies, driving bass lines and is also well produced giving good soundscapes. The songs do mostly sound quite similar so do not expect songs that are indivdual works of art but a few tracks do stand out. You probably have to listen to it quite a few times to get used to it, there are a few of ideas in there and it's not your mainstream pop music. One thing that did not work for me was the use of female vocals that did not seem to fit in with the general sound, however, it is fairly minimal so not too distracting.

If you like Numan then I think it is well worth buying this album. If you want something along the lines of "Cars" then this may not be for you.
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