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Strange Charm [Import]

Gary Numan Audio CD


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Originally limited to 2,000 copies on CD when first released in 1986, this highly sought after reissue features the U.K. top 30 hits 'I Can't Stop' & 'This Is Love'. Eight tracks in all. Other six: 'My Breathing', 'Un- known And Hostile', 'The Sleeproom', 'New Thing From London Town', 'Strange Charm' and 'The Need'.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charm Up, Strange Down March 25 2000
By N. A. Parry - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Apparently, this was written and created when Gary Numan was at a low ebb. He was feeling increasingly isolated and some of the lyrics here reflect this. Although 'Strange Charm' contains two of my least favourite tracks (the overlong 'This is Love' single, and the dreadfully sung 'The Need'), the album has many highpoints which vastly outweight the lows. 'My Breathing' and 'New Thing from London Town' are perfect 'pop' (whatever that is), 'Unknown and Hostile' is quietly unsettling, and 'The Sleeproom' is surprisingly honest. I always feel that Numan's writing is at it's best when he is under pressure (the 'Dance' album for example), and 'Strange Charm' reflects this. Well worth a listen.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "I know that I don't sound like I should" Aug. 5 2004
By mwreview - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bet more than a few Numan fans back in 1986 felt a bad trick was played on them when they plopped Strange Charm on their turntables for the first time. "My Breathing" is amazing! On my top 10 all-time Numan list. It quietly builds up and then kicks in with this powerful orchestra sound (well keyboard-generated orchestra sound) and quiet, actually very nice, female vox. Unbelievable song! Words cannot do justice. After The Fury, which disappointed many fans, this song must have sounded like a breath of fresh air (no pun intended). Numan is back on track! Then the saxophone blares and the female singers wail on the second track "Unknown and Hostile" and reality sets in. More Janet Jacksonesque music from the New Wave/synthesizer god.

"I Can't Stop" and "The Need" continues the annoying material found on The Fury ("Creatures," "This Disease"). The latter is my vote for all-time worst Numan track. Like on The Fury, though, there are some decent tracks on here, besides the excellent opener, that keeps Strange Charm from being a bust. The title track rocks! It reminds me of "The Pleasure Skin" off The Fury. "The Sleeproom" and "This is Love" are two beautiful ballads. I know a lot of fans hate Numan's very commercial work with Bill Sharpe, but I think "New Thing from London Town" is rather catchy. Cleopatra's issue even gives you a 7:57 version of the infamous single with different lyrics. Of the extra tracks, the haunting ballad "Time to Die" is the best. It reminds me a little of "I Still Remember" off The Fury. According to the liner notes, it was inspired by the movie "Blade Runner" (a clip from which begins "Call Out the Dogs"). "Faces" and "Survival" are two odd instrumentals. Strange Charm is one of my least played Numan CDs but "My Breathing" alone makes it worth the price. This issue has black & white photos of Numan from the period (one color photo with Sharpe) and lyrics.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric July 3 2001
By Alf Kremer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This isn't my least favorite Gary Numan album (that's MACHINE & SOUL) but I never found this one too compelling. My problems with this album were thrown into focus when I read that Gary Numan more or less had ideas for the album, but never really brought them into sharp focus. That explained a lot - the album has a tense, forboding atmosphere, but nothing really to hang the atmosphere on. Sort of a Gary Numan environmental album. There are several highlights - "My Breathing" was deservedly singled out for praise (the hook'll stay with you for days), and "I Can't Stop" plays with rhythm and lyrics in interesting ways. The bonus track "Time to Die" is a rare ballad that comes together quite nicely. Except for the "longer-versions-of-what-you've-already-heard", the bonus tracks are actually a very welcome addition, with some instrumental work that actually enhances the feeling of the album. Maybe not an essential Gary Numan purchase, but certainly no embarassment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Nov. 8 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of Gary Numan's best studio albums (he's released 20 over the years), Strange Charm is as brilliant in sound engineering and production as it is in writing. It is rich in digital electronics and haunting. One of the elements contributing to its greatness is the diversity of tracks on the album. It opens with one of the best Numan songs ever, "My Breathing", an irresistable driving new wave tune complete with arabian style strings. Nearly as infectious is the title track. "The Sleeproom" is one of the darkest tunes you'll ever hear, while "New Thing From Londontown" gets you dancin'. "This Is Love" will soothe any broken heart, no matter how extreme, and "Time To Die" is a "Blade Runner" inspired track. Absolutely Brilliant!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strayed Charm Aug. 14 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
His third release on the Numa label, Strange Charm pretty much follows in the tradition of The Fury. Relentless drum programs, swirling synths, silky-smooth female backing vocals, and some well-placed brass and lead guitar. But what a departure from the dark and broody Numan we have come to know and love! Highlights here include the opening track, My Breathing, complete with Middle-Eastern mid-section, and the haunting, percussive ballad, This is love. Considering it was conceived in 1986, it still sounds very contemporary - the ultimate test of any artist s work.

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