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Pure - Gary Numan (2001)


Most similar to:

Nine Inch Nails, recent Paradise Lost

Best tracks?

My Jesus, Rip, One Perfect Lie

Buy it at Amazon!
Buy it at Amazon!

Why did I buy it?

Saw him at Reading 2001 and was completely blown away. [Photos here.]


You think Numan is a synth-playing robotic freak? Forget it. This album is guitar driven, with a full, industrial sound and haunting lyrics. The songs are fast moving, confrontational, and cling desparately to you.

Trent Reznor quotes Numan as one of his inspirations, but things have gone full circle as on "Fallen" and "My Jesus" Numan claims back some of Nine Inch Nails' sound as his own. On "Pure", "Rip" and "I Can't Breathe" he moves smoothly from gentle accusation to screaming demands, and back again, meaning that the choruses leap out at you - this is not an album which fades into the background but one which compels.

Lyrics like "I want to feel your innocence, I want to hear you beg for 'Him'" and "...feels so warm inside of you" are also reminiscent of the Nails' mood in "Closer", but despite these apparent similarities, you won't need to already be a fan of either Numan or Nails to enjoy this. The sound is unique - probably the best album Numan has made.

Would I buy it again?

Yes, and now I'm working on the back catalogue.

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