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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 37 years in the making?
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 January 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Numan's Calling Card for Breaking into Film Composition
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 September 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from everyone's favourite synth king
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up album
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 September 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Music, Potent & Vivid Songs
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have been a fan of Numan since the late 70s and probably prefer the early stuff to the industrial phase stuff but this is the best album he has released since Telekon in 1980
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2017
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 May 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Album is Incredible.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 July 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's still great 40 years on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very dark and brooding album this but utterly brilliant. Another work of genius.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Bloody Brilliant!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 March 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old school goth with a modern twist.... just stunning
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 October 2017
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