|1. Me! I Disconnect from You|
|2. Are 'Friends' Electric?|
|4. Praying to the Aliens|
|5. Down in the Park|
|6. You Are in My Vision|
|8. It Must Have Been Years|
|9. When the Machines Rock|
|10. I Nearly Married a Human|
|11. Do You Need the Service?|
|12. The Crazies|
|13. Only a Downstat|
|14. We Have a Technical|
|15. We Are So Fragile|
|16. I Nearly Married a Human |
I have to say though that these are the standout tracks on this CD. What detracts is Numan's forsaking the personal and instead straying into cod sci-fi - his lyrics become rather embarassing and detract from the music. It's hard to take seriously "Down in the Park" for example, whatever its other virtues. The gibberish about such things as "Rape Machines" and "Zom Zoms" does remind you of just how young Numan was when he wrote this.
If only Numan could have kept on writing songs like the two mentioned above, or "Complex" and "Cars"...
What transpired was at the time a dark, moody sound that accompanied a bit of a disjointed concept album whose subject matter was set in a disturbing futuristic world, of cyborgs,( Years before the terminator film debued ) human atrocity, and rebelious "Crazies". Some say the album still sounds fresh, and in a way it does, but time has left it's mark on this calssic, and justifiably so. I woudn't change one sound on it.
Another brilliant track is "Down in the Park". The title alone doesn't suggest anything slightly abrasive, but the track is about humans that are law breakers and sent into a park where machines would hunt them down... Both the Foo Fighters and Marylon Manson did covers of the track, however I find the Foo's version much better. Subject matter aside, it's an incredible piece of music and for all those sci - fi fans out there, this is a must have in your collection. More importantly however are music fans.
This disc is a reissue and comes packed with bonus tracks that were b-sides, and unreleased studio out takes that just add to it.
Replicas ranks up there with Pink Floyds "The Wall", Genesis's "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and Bowies "Alladin Sane"