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Album Review

The sprawling and dark Jagged finds Gary Numan continuing his love affair with all things gothic and industrial, and while many of the tracks are rich, layered, and downright creepy, the album as a whole is tough going, with too many songs sounding the same. The soft-loud-soft-even-louder technique that Nine Inch Nails often employ is beaten to death here and long, eerie intros are the norm. Numan's lyric writing is inspired, mostly by betrayal and heartbreak, and his teaming with multi-instrumentalist Ade Fenton has brought on a new sound for the veteran synth-man, one with landscapes that are sinister and vast. It's mesmerizing for a track or two, then three or for more, and the listener is begging for a melody or something sharp to cut through the muck. Taken in small doses, Jagged works better, if not extremely well, but only the hardcore need to check this wandering and bleak album.

Customer Reviews

Decent Effort (would give it 3 1/2 stars if I could)

Well first, I would like to say that, alot of 80's numan fans, the ones who like awful albums like Outland, M&S and Metal Rythmn, HATE his new style, but I wouldn't take their opinions seriously. Yes its darker and a bit more heavy, but its also more electronic, which is something that the above albums seriously lacked or got over shadowed by poorly placed sax and female backing vocals, which is not good for Numan, someone who is considered to be a pioneer of electronic music. Sure, now he might sound like he could go on tour with the likes of KMFDM, NIN, or Manson (prior to the bands reforming), but at least he manages to stay relevent, revive his career to an extent, and make good music rather then fade into nothing by making more jazz-electro-funk music. So I would recommend people give the 1994- present albums a listen.

That said, this is a pretty good album. If you liked Pure then don't expect anything drastically different. however, this album has a more creepy and depressing atmosphere then any other Numan album to date. But, sadly, I have to agree to an extent with the main review. This is a difficult album to listen to from start to finish. The lyrics are really personal, less focused on religion like the last record, and well written too... but the soft loud technique mentioned above is used a little too much on this record as far as music is concerned, it could use a little more variety, maybe he could have added a ballad, or 2 faster, guitar oriented tracks to mix things up.


Gary Numan evolved into the GREATEST musician, song writer and singer there has been in the longest time. NIN couldn't hold a candle to this.

Not to mention He is REALLY hot too! ;-)


Born: March 8, 1958 in Hammersmith, London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the founding fathers of synth pop, Gary Numan's influence extends far beyond his lone American hit, "Cars," which still stands as one of the defining new wave singles. That seminal track helped usher in the synth pop era on both sides of the Atlantic, especially his native U.K., where he was a genuine pop star and consistent hitmaker during the early '80s. Even after new wave had petered out, Numan's impact continued to make itself felt; his dark, paranoid vision, theatrically icy alien persona,...
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