One of the biggest, most pleasant surprises in recent time is the true return and evolution of Gary Numan. First, you might be thinking the guy that did the songs in Toy Story. No, that is Randy Newman. Then you might think the guy with the 80’s song “Cars,” and we are now on the right page. His new album shows so much maturity since those synth-pop days. A very enjoyable listen all the way through. The new album is called Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) and it will blow your mind if you are even the least interested in electronic somewhat industrial music. He has embraced the fact that he might be on the Autism spectrum like most humans and writes some exciting music to tell you about it.
Gary has made a new friend while relocating to the West Coast of the U.S.A. His name is Trent Reznor and at times while listening to Splinter you might think you’re listening to the soundtrack for The Social Network, for which Trent won an Academy Award. It is similar sounding but with better vocals. That’s right I have never been a big NIN fan and I can easily say that it is because Trent is not a vocalist or lyricist that I care for. He has made some decent soundscapes but most of those owe A LOT to Skinny Puppy, Ministry, and Gary Numan. Gary does borrow NIN guitarist Robin Finck to help match the sound.
LIVE CONCERT ON KCRW
I really think Gary would put on an incredible live show. I have never seen him live and hope he comes to Chicago soon. While surfing the web I found his recent live concert on NPR which allows you to download as a podcast and listen to in your car on your ear buds on your way to your miserable job. It makes it better.
Check it out at GARY NUMAN LIVE ON NPR