The long awaited Splinter album from Gary Numan that was released in 2013 is possibly his finest album since 1981’s “Telekon”. It is on this album that all the hard work and experimenting that began on 1994’s return to form “Sacrifice” finally paid off. The production from Ade Fenton is top notch and the whole package looks professional. Whilst that is good there is no point looking good if the songs aren’t up to standard but thankfully they are.
From the opening crunching beats of “I Am Dust” it is obvious that this album is going to be great. On his previous albums it used to take an age before the track would start not this time these are straight ahead songs. The stand out track is “Here in the Black” a song about depression which features whispered vocals and a big bouncy beat that all comes together perfectly. Numan even has a disco vibe on the album with the totally danceable “Love Hurt Bleed”.
Producer Fenton who has always taken a lot of stick from Numan fans really has added a great deal on production. Yes the album does sound like Nine Inch Nails in places no more so than on “We’re The Unforgiven” which you think in Nine inch Nails until Numans vocal comes in. As well as that long time Nine Inch Nails touring guitarist Robin Finck plays on 4 of the tracks as does long-time Numan guitarist Steve Harris.
The deluxe edition comes with 6 bonus tracks that include 4 demos and 2 remixes and the album comes in a lovely hard back cover (similar to NIN’s Hesitation Marks) with the lyrics printed for each track.
- Audio CD (18 October 2013)
- Original Release Date: 22 October 2013
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: COOKI
- ASIN: B00EIHNJUO
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)