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Rotten To The Core...Very Sad,
This review is from: Outland (Audio CD)
Whenever I listen back through Gary Numan's catalogue, this is the album that I always look forward to the least. Since its release in 1990 I have tried to like it and hoped desperately that it would grow on me, but to be honest the appeal of `Outland' still eludes me today.
After the upbeat and focussed `Metal Rythmn' I was astonished at the musical decline between that album and `Outland' and hearing it for the first time made me so sad.
It's difficult to pinpoint what makes `Outland' so weak; it could be the total lack of memorable songs; it could be the cold sequenced same-iness of every track; it could be the thin, clattery rythmn programming; it could even be the risible lyrics, repetitive nonsense about `disease' and `infection'. But whatever it is, the result of this unhappy combination is a hollow, joyless experience.
Of course, there are no highlights to speak of, but `Outland' does contain the wretched `Heart' (arguably the most justifiably ignored single of his career) and gaps between lowlights are filled by the pointless `Interval' links, which are little more than a series of `atmospheric' noises.
Numan himself always points out next album `Machine' & Soul' as his creative low-point but for me, that is here on `Outland' and it seems apt that he is on his knees on the cover. Fortunately great things were still to come, but at this point the nadir had truly been reached and there is no indication in this music of the massive creative resurgence that he would later experience.
Can't recommend this one, sorry...it will just make you sad too.