- Audio CD (14 Oct. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Mortal Records/Cooking Vinyl
- ASIN: B00ECJB3MO
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)
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On October 14th Mortal Records presents Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind), the inspired new album by pioneer, chart-topper and influential artist Gary Numan. Splinter features guitarist Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N Roses), is produced by long-standing collaborator Ade Fenton, and will be followed by a full national headline tour in November. The album finds Gary on fine dark electronic form; sounding both cutting-edge and classic Numan, it marks his best work since the late 70s, early 80s heyday. Gary s knack for sexy, idiosyncratic dancefloor killers is strongly evident on the pounding, growling throb of Love Hurt Bleed , whilst Who Are You carries equal clout as-body-music-Numan-style - infectious, but sounding unlike anything else you might hear blasting from a soundsystem. Although Numan released a straight-to-the-fanbase album Dead Son Rising in 2011, this is his first self-penned full album since Jagged in 2006. But while Numan s unique style continues to connect with fans from the worlds of metal, hip hop, electronica, industrial and indie, he remains as focussed as ever in pursuing his own singular vision. Splinter sounds unique, while also utilising new sounds and ideas.
Top Customer Reviews
When all hope appears to be gone from artists from an era that is unrivaled, Gary Numan, against all the odds (and his many critics) releases Splinter and restores my faith in music.
Well done Gary.
1. I Am Dust - Cracking opener. Menacingly dark rhythm.
2. Here In The Dark - I can imagine this track playing over the closing credits of the next Jason Bourne film. Move over Moby.
3. Everything Comes Down To This - Gary's in deep, dark territory here. This could've been a little shorter, but still sounds great.
4. The Calling - Almost a throwback to Pleasure Principle... Not a bad thing really.
5. Splinter - Title track sees Mr Numan in philosophical/observer mode. "...I see you..."
6. Lost - I love this track. It reminds me of Please Push No More from the Telekon album.
7. Love Hurt Bleed - Industrial meets disco? It works. Fantastic beat. Blood on the dance floor? You bet! Pumping rhythm will get the crowd up and sweaty.
8. A Shadow Falls On Me - The disjointed beats are brilliant. Quite moving too.
9. Where I Can Never Be - Deep and dark again... Great track... Bad place.
10. We're The Unforgiven - The lyrics to this are brilliantly descriptive... Like listening to a five minute episode of Game Of Thrones.
11. Who Are You - The sense of loss runs through most of the tracks on this album. The sentiments in this track leads us beautifully in to...
...12. My Last Day - The album ends on a very touching, sombre and emotional note. Lovely song.
I followed this album's development on Twitter, and so I make no mistake in saying Splinter by Gary Numan is a fantastic album. Totally worthy of 5*. I loved Pure back in 2001, but with Splinter he's taken the thoughts that went into those songs and injected a darkness and love that totally over-powers. It's almost like, at the end of every song (sometimes at the end of every line even) he's going to top himself. Thankfully he doesn't.Read more ›
I was reminded recently of this man after seeing a recent TV documentary. It was nice to get an insight into his family life...it was after this documentary that I couldn't get some of the 'tunes' out of my head. Lucky his wife was able to repair the hard disk drive holding some of the samples for this album, I believe. What a great family!
With the tunes still in my head I had to buy this album. I was not disappointed with my purchase. The type of music has matured with ' both' of our ages and I'm still a fan ( hope your reading this Gary).
I really can't add any more to other people's reviews other than to say "whatever your age try this you will like it".
The songcraft and workmanship on it are at a level i've not seen since his explosion into the charts back in 1979. It is testament to a very accomplished and enduring musician.
I am left completely breathless each time i listen to it. There is not one bad track here. My though's as i listen to each track:
We Are Dust
This a slow burner intro that for me conjours up visions of a future 1979 looking back at things to come (trippy eh?).
The line "We were pulled from the path of least resistance" makes me think of the early Human League track and Tubeway Army. Glorious electronic pioneers of my youth that they both were. It's like Gary is calling the listener back home to the future. Epic.
Here In The Black
Is a thumping power track of pure Numan electronic menace. The whispered lines make my neck hairs stand up. A wall of noise that brings a most glorious keyboard shrill sound, the likes of which i have never heard before, into a chorus that makes me want to weep with joy, it is a tremendous track. This music really moves me. One of my favourites on the album.
Classic Gary Numan. That shrill sound will burn into your brain once heard so be warned.
Everything Comes Down To This
Following on next and placed just right after the last track, this has a real Pleasure Principle vibe to it.
It makes me think of both 'Films' and the title track from Replicas. Gary pulls the speed back in places, and the tempo slips. Like he is holding back a ferocious black dog as it pulls on a lead. Then he lets the collar slip and it charges at you with that killer Numan chorus. I love it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was very young on the release of "Cars" & " Are "Friends" electric", however, always loved the sound, way ahead of its time! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Gary was a huge influence for the young me and the first albums are still cherished possesions. I had moved on and listen to a wide range of stuff and did not expect to be buying... Read morePublished 9 days ago by GuyR
Wasn't what I was expecting from a Gary Numan album, but was a very pleasant surprise. Has definite undertones of early Nine Inch Nails, but in Numan's own style with his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Benson
Having been one of the original Numanoids, I've always loved Gary's first wave of music. Right up to and including Telekon, I've known every word and every synth solo of every... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M Harris
I didn't actually purchase this album from Amazon but still have to say' nice one Mr Numan ' thoroughly enjoyed it especially I Am Dust and Love Hurt Bleed , now awaiting the next... Read morePublished 4 months ago by julie scholes
In the same way that every Numan album is the same as the last one, I got part way through reviewing this before realising that so was my review going to be. Read morePublished 6 months ago by schlockhorror