- Audio CD (10 October 2013)
- Original Release Date: 1 April 2018
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: CO.VI
- ASIN: B00ECJB3MO
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Customer Reviews: 296 customer ratings
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SPLINTER (SONGS FOR A BROKEN MIND) CD
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Vinyl, 18 October 2013
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On October 14th Mortal Records presents Splinter Songs From A Broken Mind, the inspired new album by pioneer, charttopper and influential artist Gary Numan. Splinter features guitarist Robin Finck Nine Inch Nails, Guns N Roses, is produced by longstanding collaborator Ade Fenton, and will be followed by a full national headline tour in November. The album finds Gary on fine dark electronic form sounding both cuttingedge and classic Numan, it marks his best work since the late 70s, early 80s heyday. Gary s knack for sexy, idiosyncratic dancefloor killers is strongly evident on the pounding, growling throb of Love Hurt Bleed , whilst Who Are You carries equal clout asbodymusicNumanstyle infectious, but sounding unlike anything else you might hear blasting from a soundsystem. Although Numan released a straighttothefanbase album Dead Son Rising in 2011, this is his first selfpenned full album since Jagged in 2006. But while Numan s unique style continues to connect with fans from the worlds of metal, hip hop, electronica, industrial and indie, he remains as focussed as ever in pursuing his own singular vision. Splinter sounds unique, while also utilising new sounds and ideas.
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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.
This album is even better, deep, dark and moody with breathtaking soundscapes and explosive choruses. The energy in these songs raises the hairs on the back of your neck! Here in the black is especially awesome. A very well recorded album too so the whole experience is very fulfilling. We are not worthy. Gary deserves so much more credit for his exceptional abilities and talents and I beg anyone to buy this album and crank it up. Genius is often over used and misplaced. But when referring to Gary Numan, genius doesn't seem high enough praise. A fantastic, inspiring album.
Not that that is so surprising for all of those who suffered the following albums, full of slap bass and saxophone shenanigans, culminating so spectacularly on the truly dire Machine and Soul.
Not that there weren't moments on those albums, but in trying to appease the critics who had embarked on an unprecedented campaign of vitriolic abuse,( the same critics who now laud him as a 'legend' and 'genius' ) he lost his direction and gave even more ammunition to his critics and left the rest of his scratching our heads.
And then came Sacrifice....or Hallelujah as we called it in our house, as Gary went back to making the music HE wanted to make and the fans wanted to hear, a truly great return to form.
However since then it's all been a bit too much of the same and it was with a certain sense of trepidation that I bought this. I'm glad to say my fears were completely unfounded! After the opening track, I am Dust, I had a huge grin on my face and played it again before I carried on with the rest of the album. When I eventually got to the end I was still grinning!
It's an album where Gary seems to be at the top of his game. it's exciting, innovative, fresh yet familiar,and full of crackers.I am Dust, Lost, Love Hurt Bleeds..... and if Here In The Dark isn't the best, darkest f*** off James Bond theme you've ever heard...well, it should be!
If only Simple Minds could do the same and realise what made them so great....
I'm thrilled and delighted. A Triumph!
You could listen to this CD all day and still find different sounds. Without any shadow of a doubt, this a mercurial CD.
Prompted to write a review as just watched the BBC doc. What a lovely family.
Gary, a shake of your virtual hand sir.
Gary was obviously in thoughtful, introspective mood and could have moved into downright depressing but he always manages to move it away just when you think it's going to get too much - Love Hurt Bleed brilliant!
Gary, in my humble opinion, just gets better and better - can't wait for the gig!