5.0 out of 5 stars Plastic Passion
"New Wave" was a woefully insufficient label for a loosely collected mass of musical acts during the time period between Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Michael Jackson's Thriller, an album which singlehandedly and oh-so corporately sounded the death knell for originality on both MTV and FM radio. Unlike psychedelia, punk, or (heaven help us) grunge, there never...
Published on July 9 2004 by tashcrash
3.0 out of 5 stars Monotony is the word...
Ok, huge fans of synth-pop are sure going to enjoy this, but I am not, and I find it monotone, with really bad singing, and ultimately, boring after the first few tracks. This album, as a whole, strikes me as boring, however, each song, in itself, is good-to-great, so it gets three stars... Just keep in mind that I am not exactly a fan of Gary Numan's...
Published on Dec 8 2002 by Israel Casanovas
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than Cars.,
Cars became a hit here and in the UK, but the rest of the cuts are every bit as strong. And there's a sensitivity on display behind the andriod cool that makes this music far more than the sum of its parts. Couple that with an excellent rhythm section, great keyboard textures, and first-rate arrangements, and you have an album that never seems to wear out its welcome.
Gary Numan's voice can tend to become grating on some of his albums, but not this one.
4.0 out of 5 stars '70s synthpop for dystopian science fiction,
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary was way ahead of his time,
By A Customer
Gary received constant criticism from the music critics and some pop fans with comments like "Bowie does it better" or other swipes. Mr. Numan had three top ten albums in a row in England by the time he was about 20 years old. I recall David Bowie's early albums not as influential as Gary Numan's albums.
On reflection I think Gary has some truly great songs that have been hugely influential on many groups and styles of music. I think David Bowie has not been as influential as Gary. Many point to Bowie's Low and Heroes albums as a better version of electronic music or an improved Numan. Mr. Bowie was fortunate enough to have a powerful collaborator on both albums in Brian Eno. Mr. Eno and Mr. Bowie at that point were also experienced hands in the music business while Gary was an inexperienced youngster. I view Heroes and Low to be more Eno than Bowie albums anyway.
The Pleasure Principle has some truly great songs. Probably the most powerful song on the album or CD is Films. I would rate Films and Down in the Park as Gary's two best songs. Bowie best? Space Oddity and Ashes to Ashe and I prefer Mr. Numan's anthems.
I was fortunate to see Gary in a smallish club during his U.S. tour in 1999/2000 time frame. His music is was incredibly powerful and chills went down my spine when he launched into Films and Down in the Park. The show was great and Gary met with fans after the gig.
Gary was Goth before Goth. Gary was way ahead of everybody in electronic music with the exception of Kraftwerk. Sure there were other synth groups but Kraftwerk and Numan influenced almost everyone including rap and hip hop artists plus grunge era groups.
4.0 out of 5 stars over twenty years old this cd is for the replicant in you,
just in case one were to get melancholy about lifes challenges or weepy about love lost, gary numan sets one straight with the mantra: 'i'm still confusing love with need."
cars is a great track, but my personal favorite is METAL. "plug me in , turn me on, Now everything is MOVING...." at that moment, mr. numan sends everything in his mix into a flanger/phaser/replicantbooster and sends your listening space into orbit.....yesyesyes.
over twenty years old this cd is and it stands up to the smeared pap that passes for emuzik today. just a few moogs, a few guys who can play their instruments, no computers, and an active imagination is all one needs...tell that to listeners today!
5.0 out of 5 stars Synthesizer Perfection!,
5.0 out of 5 stars Moments of musical brilliance, killed by so so lyrics,
By A Customer
Given the limitations of electronic music in the late 70's, it's truly amazing how well his sound has aged (it still sounds as fresh as it did then). I rank him among the Godfathers of modern electronic pop music (which includes Brian Eno, Devo and Kraftwork).
The repeated motifs of alienation on this record (given 20 years of distance) begin wearing out pretty fast (David Bowie did it much better with "Low" and "Heroes" since he's a better lyric writer).
I have to admit, even when I heard some of this stuff in the mid 80's, I thought it was so over the top (as far as lyrics) that I kept thinking of that old Ed Wood movie "Plan Nine From Outer Space" (is it supposed to be funny, or is it really serious?).
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Sex With Aliens and Elvis Cyborgs,
CARS, Numan's best known song, is on here. And while this is a good CD, it lacks the imagination and brilliance of "Replicas", and sounds a bit dated by comparison "It's So 1980's" as my little sister says.
Well maybe so, but the 1980's weren't all bad: Thatcher was ending decades of socialist poverty & misery in the UK, while Reagan was laying the foundations for the greatest economic prosperity the world had ever known in America. And music was going really high tech.
Gary Numan was on the vanguard of a truly new age in popular music: where software and producers ruled, and 'artists' were simply employees.
THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE: A very good CD, but not a brilliant one. 'Cars': a song you simply must have and hear once in a while.
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Cars is on this one.,
By A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gary's Best............,
4.0 out of 5 stars Middle,
Most of the songs are simple, riff-based affairs - 'Cars' sets the pattern, with tracks such as 'Observer' and 'Conversation' seeming like variations on a theme. 'Metal' is a great lost single, a bouncy tale of paranoia and alienation, and 'Airlane' sounds like a demented disco track. Alone of the songs, 'Complex' has a proper tune, and is an almost-entirely instrumental ballad.
'Films' has a strangely funky drum-loop, 'M.E.' is the most obviously punk song of the lot, 'Tracks' sounds the least unusual, and 'Engineers' is deadly dull, but then again all albums have to have a clunker. From a technical point of view, this is the first and last word in Polymoog usage, and the inside cover artwork is atrocious.
This was an odd point in Numan's career - after the success of 'Are 'Friends' Electric?' and 'Replicas' he was still seen as being a one-off fluke, and by the time of 'Telekon', a year later, he didn't want to be a star anymore.
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Pleasure Principle (30th Ann.) by Gary Numan (Audio CD - 2009)