Gary Numan - Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)

The gift that keeps on giving…

When Krafterk became musical deities in the early 80s, they shut up shop and spent decades burnishing their legendary status. Gary Numan’s elevation to the electro-pop sainthood saw him take a different approach, ramping up his production without losing a grip on quality control. 2011’s Dead Son Rising was a gleeful patchwork of analogue electronica and the guitar crunch of his Tubeway Army days.

Numan, with help from Dead Son’s producer Ade Fenton, is rampant on Splinter. Kicking off with I Am Dust, it hangs together marvellously as an album, with tracks the likes of Everything Comes Down To This built around addictive choruses and analogue synth-lines that fight for mastery over beefy guitar riffs, furry bass-lines and beats that range from industrial clang (the aforementioned opener) to modern dance moves (Who Are You). Indeed, the title track sounds like a fusion of latter-day John Foxx and Ian Brown, with a big dose of Numan. Meanwhile, his lyrics move from confessional to sharply observational, and Numan is in magnificent voice, whispering on Here In The Black, letting out a mournful croon on My Last Day and Lost, and roaring on We’re The Unforgiven. 

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Mortal CD | 14 W (CD / LP)

Reviewed by Ian Shirley
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