- Audio CD (15 September 2017)
- Original Release Date: 15 September 2017
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: R M
- Run Time: 56 minutes
- ASIN: B073R6ST9M
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | Vinyl
- Customer Reviews: 495 customer ratings
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Savage Songs From A Broken World CD
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Coming almost four years after his album ‘Splinter Songs From A Broken Mind’ earned the best reviews of his career and his highest chartplacing in 20 years, the iconic and highly influential Gary Numan will release his 22nd album ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ on September 15th 2017. The announcement comes shortly after the British electro pioneer was awarded the Inspiration Award for songwriting and composition at the Ivor Novellos. ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is an album with a narrative that’s set in an apocalyptic, postglobal warming Earth in the nottoodistant future. There is no technology left and most of the planet has turned to a desolate desert wasteland. Food is scarce, water even more so and human kindness and decency are just a dim and distant memory. Western and Eastern cultures have merged, more because of the need to simply survive than any feelings of greater tolerance or understanding. It’s a harsh, savage environment, as are the survivors who still roam across it. While Numan was writing the record, DonaldTrump was elected President of the United States. It made sense to make him and his climate decisions the catalyst for the apocalypse theme of the album. “The songs are about the things that people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment,”explains Numan.“It's about a desperate need to survive and they do awful things in order to do so, and some are haunted by what they've done. That desire to be forgiven, along with some discovered remnants of an old religious book, ultimately encourages religion to resurface, and it really goes downhill from there.”The album was produced by longterm collaborator Ade Fenton, with recording sessions split between Numan’s own studio in LA, and in the UK. Numanand Fenton’s creative connection goes back to 2006’s‘Jagged’. “Ade is not only extremely creative but ridiculously hard working, even in difficult circumstances,” says Numan. “It’s easy to discuss alternative ideas with him, he’s not precious about things and is always looking to make the music better, even if that means, on very rare occasions, undoing his own work and starting again.”As the project took shape, Numan also set up a Pledge Music campaign to create an experience for fans that would let them see how an album was put together, from the first note to the finished shrink wrapped package. It was a strategy that brought Numan closer to his fans, and allowed him to communicate the blood, sweat and tears that goes into making a record. First single ‘My Name Is Ruin’ is a menacing industrial march in which the unrelenting mechanized intensity is countered by the humanity of its sweet, swirling backing vocals which exude a palpable Egyptian influence. It’s immediately captivating but brutally uncompromising: the sound of an artist eager to continue to push both himself and his audience almost four decades after presenting his initial sonic prototype. The accompanying video for the track was directed by visual artist and musician Chris Corner of IAMX. Filmed in the desolate deserts of southern California, it features a special guest in the shape of Numan’s11yearold daughter Persia who also contributes vocals to the track. With the foreboding setting and temperatures reaching 48ºC during the shoot, the stunning location was the perfect backdrop for an album that examines a world struggling for survival after the devastation of global warming. ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is available on CD, deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette and digital formats.
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1. His strongest bunch of songs for many years - memorable and hard hitting
2. Superb album production makes for sweeping, epic and cinematic soundscapes
3. Where did this great voice emerge from? He used to sing like a dalek...
4. Strong concept album that connects with a large demographic, thanks to Trump pulling out of climate change agreements. Numan chimes with the times, despite the dark lyrics and industrial style music
5. Very good use of middle eastern sounding backing vocals and instrumentation. This contrasts with and softens the sonic blast of industrial noise and synths. Quite eerie and haunting in places.
I still wouldn't say that I could listen to the whole album in one sitting, its just too rich and dark for me. All the songs are strong, but sufficiently similar to cancel each other out if I listen too long. So I dip in and out, which is fine. Standouts that I return to are 'Ghost Nation' (sticks in my head), 'My Name Is Ruin' (ditto, and what made me part with my cash, after seeing the stomping Old Grey Whistle Test Special performance with father and daughter clearly relishing his comeback), 'It All Began With You', and 'Mercy'. Congratulations and I hope this leads to Hollywood knocking on your door, as the logical next career move.
One other thing: All those spurious UK press accusations of being emotionless etc. were the result of compounded misunderstandings, perhaps bad management and lack of experience in the younger days. It couldn't be further from the truth, and if anyone needed further proof then this album is simply dripping with feeling. It has clearly blown a lot of people away already. Genius.
there are but 4 slight criticisms, but given the theme of the album may be intentional.
1 the case or book the cd came in had no track listing.
2 it seems like the same sound bank is used on all tracks making it a bit samey for the casual listener.
3 an over use of distortion filters or distorted samples.
4 the recording is very loud and very compressed and sadly that ruins the quality.
other than the above it really is a work of musical genius. Numan is at his vocal best and the instruments echo and subtly hint at his early hits. it is less of a collection of songs and more of a carefully compiled soundscape with each track having it's own merits. Haunting minor keys shifting into Majestic majors making epic contrasts and it really keeps you listening and wanting more.
with just a little more variety and less compressed distortion it could have raised him up with the giants of electronica such as J.M.Jarre (early stuff obviously), Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and the Art of Noise.
Really looking forward to the next album ....
A must buy for Fans of electronic music....all hail and rejoice, the Numan is back.
It's a hardback book with all the lyrics and a few pics of the man himself and his daughter Persia.
This is Numan at his finest,this is Numan now.I don't get the people who moan about it not sounding like his early work ( Replicas,Pleasure Principle, Telekon etc ) He's moved on and so should they.
'My name is ruin' is a great first choice for a single (with a great atmospheric video too).
'Splinter' is probably Gary's best album, but 'Savage' is a more diverse collection of songs. The heavy Arabic influence runs throughout the album and makes for an intriguing mix with Gary's heavy synth sound.
Too soon to call it a classic, but I'm guessing it's only a mater of time.
Again, no new converts but who cares? I love this album and if you're a Numan fan, what are you waiting for? Go out and buy/ download/ stream, etc. You won't regret it.
November 2018 update
Having listeNed to this album nonstop for the past year, I’ve changed my mind and increased my rating to the full 5 stars. As i said earlier, this has turned out to be a classic album and I now believe this is better than Splinter and is his finest album. The fact that I’m still recovering from the RAH orchestra show proves how dynamic and fresh this album is. Thanks to Gary for gifting us this great great album.
Those in the music press of the early 80s should hold their heads in shame for the critism that could easily have ended what has become an exceptional career. Gary Numan is definitely on the rise and should be celebrated for his abilties as a song writer and performer. I just hope he can keep going for a few more years yet.
Don't read & believe some of the negative reviews that are out there - listen to it yourself & make up your own mind.
For the last few years I have been buying all my music on vinyl due to the fact vinyl doesn't suffer from the idiots mastering in this digital loudness war, which compresses the music, giving it no room to breath, lacking in dynamic range and oftern distorted. Thanks to Gary and producer Ade Fenton this album sounds awesome. If you like Gary Numan, this is one for your collection.
I stopped buying and listening to new music, none of it interested me, this CD reignited my love of music.