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Numan was a true innovator,
This review is from: Replicas Redux (Audio CD)
This enhanced version of the classic 1979 synth-rock album confirms Gary Numan's originality and innovative vision. Musically, Kraftwerk must have been a model, whilst thematically, David Bowie's work like Diamond Dogs and Alladinsane would have provided inspiration.
This type of synth music experienced a great flowering the next decade with groups like Eurythmics, OMD, Yaz(oo), The Human League and individual artists like Klaus Nomi. Although Bowie's Low and Suicide's debut album both appeared in 1977, Numan deserves the credit for bringing this genre into the mainstream.
The world it paints is bleak, a nightmarish landscape of aliens, alienation and fear, in melodious songs like Down in the Park and the arresting Are 'Friends' Electric? The second disc of earlier alternative versions is quite impressive, in some cases more striking than the familiar versions. Here, Only A Downstat and The Crazies must be singled out.
The packaging is impressive too with plenty of pics and information on the artist and the times. This reissue is well worth the price to enjoy again the first stirrings of the golden age of synthesizer music.