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The Pleasure Principle

Gary Numan

1979

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The Pleasure Principle

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3.15

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все верно, отец. причем ещё того, гиковского нью-вейва, близкого скорее к панку, чем к приемлемой поп-музыке. ну че сказать, меня тащит такое. вот прямо эти убер неживые жирные синты, вот этот вибрирующий космический звук. понимаю, что фанаты блюз-рока вероятно не найдут в этом себя, но мы ребята прогрессивные и тут, в России, уже достигли британских 80-х в своём сознании. Поэтому годнота, заходит такое. Для меня 9/10, хуй знает. Инструментал Asylum вообще звучит как будто современный трэп бит, под него 808 бас подложить и будет бэнгер (бля, не то шобы это круто, но просто интересная штука)

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Let's be real: the reason this was on the list is because it pioneered the ensuing electronic music movement. This isn't very good except for "Cars," which is the most known song. Bad singing and annoying repetition across every song. 2/10

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Let’s make music that sounds like it’s… From the FUTURE! I wonder what Gary Numan thinks of the future of music being nothing like what he seemed to envision in the late 70s and early 80s. Thank goodness new wave didn’t make more of a long-term impact. I didn’t like this. At all. My least favorite lead singer voice of the 1001 so far.

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Nope. Unrelentingly repetitive sine-saw-synth with atonal vocals shouting disconnected lyrics. This didn't need to exist. Hard no.

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Android. British robotic music without electric guitar. Listened 3 times in a day. Like it.

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5

Pretty solid album! I like the genre - it's good while working. The album also has famous songs (Cars, M.E.) I hadn't liked in Spotify so I'm glad I found this album! I also think it's the influence for a couple of electronic bands. There's nothing I disliked about the album really.

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5

i really like him and his style, I don't think i didn't like any songs, get my 5 stars!

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5

A landmark synth album with all those old-school bloopy tracks I crave, and also the one song that played on every Car commercial ever in the 2000s but it's not poor Gary's fault! :)

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5

I've heard the majority of Numan's albums, and this is the one. Absolute 80s classic. (Edit: it wasn't the 1980s yet! He set the tone for a whole decade of pop.) Coiled-spring energy of British New Wave combined with the new electro sound from USA. I love the deliberately artificial/robotic aesthetic, which would go on to be a direct influence on Detroit techno. The rhythms are a cold, mechanised version of rock, while the melodies are otherworldly synth. "M.E." turns the synth into a deep guitar sound, and is a highlight I'd slightly overlooked in the past. My only complaint is there's some minor repetition of ideas - e.g. "Observer" basically sounds like "Cars". But I don't even mind hearing that idea twice, tbh. FIVE.

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5

Gary Numan kicks ass

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5

Do you like Gary Numan? Perfect album and it's influence screams out in so many acts that have followed

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5

I love Gary Numan's dystopian Sci Fi music. As someone who occasionally feels like a robotic alien outsider, this album speaks to me.

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5

Excellent synth album - maybe lacks a bit of soul, but I guess that's the point...

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This M.E. riff must have been sampled a thousand times. Clearly a groundbreaking record in its day. It feels a little like a museum piece now. It's intentionally non-organic but there are some melodies and chord progressions here that reach toward the human listening. The title of the album makes it interesting to think about how pleasurable the sounds on the album actually are. There's an antagonism there that's intriguing.

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This album is expansive and groundbreaking. Numan’s reliance on the synth does not take away from the humanity of this album and elevates synthesized music to a form on par with traditional rock instrumentation

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12/16 Heard some Bowie "Low" in there. One of the better Synth-Pop albums I've heard. Cruising through a future where mostly everything is chrome. Standout Tracks: Airlane, Films, M.E., Conversation, Cars

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not bad, good mixing but repetitive at some point. I mean that song conversation is quite good for the fisrt couple of minutes but then it goes on the same for five additional ones. That cars song is a classic though (f*uck cars btw)

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Скучный, архаичный, репетативнй звук. Одиозные ленивые вокальные партии. Интересно, что все треки звучат плюс-минус одинаково заурядно (разве что у вступительного трека начало будто предвещает нечто интересно). Но почему-то мировым хитом стала Cars. Да таким, что Ньюман "был помечен как артист одного хита". Вторым по значимости стала Complex, но там хотя бы инструментал поинтереснее. На Metal было сделано множество каверов, даже от Nine Inch Nails, хотя трек тоже унылый весьма. В общем, пускай Гэри Ньюман стал "крёстным отцом электронной музыки", но ныне пускай сидит в монастыре, в 2к21 такое слушать неоправданно тоскливо.

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Gary what is your prime directive? Why have you manufactured this album of sounds? Do you want us to feel technology induced alienation from the human "soul"? Is this a question you're programmed to understand? Gary do you have capabilities to receive gratitude? If so, thank you for Nine Inch Nails and Marylin Manson. Gary can you decipher sarcasm? C-

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5

Except for one song from this album I was unfamiliar. Despite that every song made me think of another song I have heard but couldn't name. That tells me that perhaps a lot of people have sampled from this album? Anyway, I liked it.

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It's Gary Numan, top man

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11/10. Classic. Can’t wait to see him live later this year!

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5

Wow! Que excelente disco. Parece una película del futuro. De los mejores que he escuchado

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5

At first I thought, this is way ahead of its time, but DEVO’s seminal album came out the year before, so no. This was another album where I thought to myself, this is why I listen to 1001, to discover things I’ve never heard like this. But then I realized I’d definitely heard at least three of the hits on here, Films, Mr. E and In Cars, but because of the generic nature of his name, I didn’t put 2 and 2 together and I’ve written them off as one hit wonders. The songs on this are generally short and sweet. I like the sound created by the synth, guitar fix and analog drums. Good stuff, saved to library, 5.

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5

Sounds pretty samey but I really like that sound so it works out. At the time this was ground breaking use of those techniques. It’s still great even all those years later.

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This is how music lovers in the 80s believed the future would sound like. This is how the best of 80s sounds like for us today!

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5

Exquisite. Superb.

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maravilhoso

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Loved it.

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literally so good thank u for the music gary, numan (complimentary)

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Awww yes! This really illuminated my pentahedron, if you know what I mean! Properly brought a cheery pink glow to my pyramid! I don't think there's any Vangelis on this list, so Gary Numan is the main source of synthesizer soundtracks of the future, from the past on here. Fave track - "M.E." maybe - source of that badass sample the Basement Jaxx used for "Where's Your Head At?". "Cars" is obviously an absolute tune. "Metal" was a stand out. The bonus track "Bombers" was excellent too...

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5

I loved this album. Was only vaguely familiar with Cars, but the sense of alienation and feeling different from others that pervades the album is exactly the world I know. Both Numan and myself are on the autistic spectrum, so I totally recognize the language (musical and lyrical) that he's working from.

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GOTH SYNTH

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5

Classic electronic album. If you have not listened to the album for a while, then the songs all sound a bit the same perhaps. But another reason for that is just that they are all of high quality and very consistent: the two singles Cars and Complex do not stand out at all.

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4

Really good new-wave/synth-pop that aged extremly well.

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4

album is good M.E. is awesome kind of ends up getting repetitve though. i swear a bunch of this album is just in the same key or something. album cover is kickass though and the 80s synthpop soud is nice amde even better by the fact that this was made in 1979 . the buzzy synth sound...<3

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synthy!

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4/5

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I liked it especially Asylum

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4

the king of synth

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I was pleasantly surprised by this. Never listened to this album before and only really knew Gazza's hits but I enjoyed this one.

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Great album, ME is a masterpiece I think and Cars has always been good to me

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good stuff, always knew I needed to check him out, glad I finally did

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Alright liked the songs but was fed up by the end as it all sounded very repetitive.

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Solidly strong throughout. I love the consistent tone of the synth. Great songs. And Cars is such a masterpiece. 4.5

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Iconic! Its funny how far synths have come and these now remind me of 00s Casio keyboards BUT some great tunes in here. Enjoyed

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4

Great album. Played at cocktail night.

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Yes! Good fun

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- its robots singing what can be more perfect, the synths and drums and BASS

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Synth Synth Synth

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Now THIS is an album.

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4

At last! Something I like.

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Synth work was groundbreaking.

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Love the synth and beats, would listen again 8/10

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Better than I had anticipated. I'm not a huge fan of "Cars", and a lot of the tracks sound a lot like it, but it grew on me. "Metal" is a banger!

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4

Some bangers on there and interesting to note the number of samples that other artists have used

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4

Never heard of him, but amazing album for 79. Grandfather of the 80s sounds.

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This is the album with Cars on it. Everything else is also really good though.

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really great and innovative

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4/5. Heard this one quite a few times. Gets better each time.

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Favoriete nummer: - Me, I Disconnect from You - Bombers

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Amazing.

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Like Berlin era Bowie, The Cars, early Cure, and a little proto-NIN mixed together. Pretty cool!

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Very cool. Love this early electronic/synth stuff

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220619 16:41 3.5

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Pop con sintetizadores. No está mal.

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I think it's pretty solid honestly. This is the second Numan album I've gotten and I've liked the both of them. Some very interesting sounds on this, and while there is a lot of synth, I think there is a lot done with it. Especially on the more atmospheric tracks like Aslyum. It's cool.

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Fun and quirky album. Cars is of course the best and a classic.

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I was on the second track when I was like - “this sounds like the guy who sang that Cars song” - the I found out I was right a few track later! This isn’t normally my favorite genre, but I really like this one. It’s aged really well, which I think is saying something. Good on you, Gary.

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Solid, classic electronica, and who makes the single the ninth cut on the album?

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Muy bien. 9/10

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good sound. I liked it quite a bit.

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I thought this one was a boring album, but must confess that I was wrong. Mr Newman knows how to write hypnotic and catchy tunes.

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Really liked the whole vibe of the album, love 80s synth music; however, there weren't really any stand out songs (aside from the one I already knew - Cars). But, wow, had no idea this was made in the 70s (1979), it sounds quintessentially 80s to me. Guess he was ahead of the game. Asylum was really creepy.

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Definitely of it’s time, but I enjoyed it. Could see how it’s not for everyone. A little slow, but great if you are into the synth/futuristic sound. Don’t know why, but I really like the cover art. Perfect fit the album. Like he’s discovering something new.

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Numan never got the respect he deserved, did he?

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He showed us the future. Now we live in cars.

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Pretty wild stuff. This album is known for the popular hit Cars, and all the other music kinda sounds similar. But it’s funky new wave

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Did not know that M.E is the foundation of Basement Jaxx - Where's Your Head At

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Thought I would hate this but it won me over. Fun and unique, didn't overstay its welcome. "Cars" is the only thing here that I've heard before. Hell, I didn't even know that Gary Numan was a musician before today. I always associated his name with acting (I am aware of Gary Oldman, not mixing the two up). Also the red prism on the album art looks mad tasty for some reason.

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There's something very sweet about Gary Numan, he was a musician who was unafraid to embrace his inner nerd. This album is a little underwhelming, probably because other artists have remixed and amped up his songs.

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Experimental drone music. No idea how it was received at release but I don't think it's aged well. Very little substance, lots of repetition and in songs that overstay their welcome. It's definitely been influential though, I instantly recognised "M.E" from the sample used in "Where's Your Head At" and no doubt helped pioneered the genre and further electronic music. "Cars" really stands out head and shoulders from the rest of the album for just how catchy it is.

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that trippy 70s shit lets go

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I've vaguely heard of this guy before and going in I had absolutely no idea what I would be listening to. It is definitely weird but it's the kind of weird that just works for me. I can't explain why. The vocals aren't that great, but somehow combined with cheesy at times and repetitive music, it just works. I also found out that a song I've loved for over a decade by a small indie band was a cover of Metal and I had absolutely no idea. I'd say this album is 3.5/5 so I have to round up. This is the kinda of stuff why I like this generator. I'd have never listened to this otherwise.

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4

It's a classic, but not my cuppa

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Amazing in the sense that almost nothing like it existed before it.

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3.7 - solid album, if a bit repetitive at times. Nice synth throughout. M.E. and Cars are two standouts.

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So much more than just "Cars & Other Songs Collection" like I imagined. Simple, repetitive, strange, cool.

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Big british synth pop. Quare decent album

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The only song I heard before from Gary Numan was Cars, and it was the Fear Factory version. I thought I wouldn't enjoy this album, but goddamn I was wrong. It is super fun to listen to! Favorite tracks: * Cars * Metal * Observer

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That plaintive voice against the robotic background gives these songs way more heart than I expected. This is so early in the electronic era yet sounds better than most. He brings a lovely musicality, especially the swirls of sound that add colour to several pieces.

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4

Interesting. I never knew he pioneered such amazing sounds that would be sampled providing the background to a whole new generation of music. Great stuff.

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This is wild. Love the retro-futuristic feel of those synths. “Cars” has been my only touchpoint for Gary Numan, but the rest is pleasantly surprising, connecting maybe even better than that single? I love how “Complex” delivers an emotive twist with the addition of strings and similarly “Tracks” uses more traditional sounding keys (or is this a real piano?). These juxtapositions do a lot for me, especially coming in with the assumption that this would be samey. I mean, it *is* very much of the same flavor, but Mr. Numan works it. Also, he reminds me a lot of Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes (who I love), so there’s probably a bit of backwards compatibility going for me there. Overall, TPP is a synthy textural feast with some rock solid drumming and organic accents. Sign me the fuck up for more. 4

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I have a friend who loves Gary Numan and has seen him multiple times (he’s also much older than me), but I only really knew him for Cars. So this is new for me, and I love it? The synth work is really expressive and singular, even if it’s primitive compared to later new wave. That’s arguably part of the charm, though, and Numan comes up with some killer hooks. I don’t think that we needed the 7 minute track, but I otherwise had a lot of fun and will def come back. B

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Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. New wave stuff just generally isn't my thing but this was really cool. "Metal" has some next level atmospheric sound design for its time. "Complex" has a really nice hook played by strings. "Films" is groovy as hell. Also a nice surprise to suddenly realise that "M.E." serves as the sample for Basement Jaxx's "Where's Your Head At". All in all a very interesting sounding album that kept me engaged throughout.

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4

Good album. Of course I knew Gary Numan, but never listened to a full album. Observer sounds *very* similar to Cars. Funny that they're only 2 tracks apart. The thing that's stopping this from being a 5 is that some songs are same-y. 4/5

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4

The sound of this album captures this era of time so well for me. So many great obvious and subtle synth sounds. There's times when I can't tell if some of the backing tracks are stringed instruments with effects or synthesizers made to sound like stringed instruments.

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4

Excellent, love the analogue synth sound on this. Many classic songs on here such as Cars, M.E. (sampled by Basement Jaxx) and Films.

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4

So good. Hasn't dated in the way you might imagine

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4

decente

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This is a review, I’m writing it right now. I love to write reviews online. Take that to the melody of Cars and slap some basic synth melodies and you have this album

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3

I thought I would hate this. It's not terrible. Best track: Cars

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Haha den är kul ändå

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3

while technically interesting, it eventually meshes into one sound/tone for me

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3

Feels like the soundtrack to an 80s movie. As synth-pop is pretty cool but not really my thing. Cars is a classic and probably my favorite song on the album. 5/8, respect its popularity but not my thing.

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Barnsligt och kul

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2.6

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Some great synth work here - tracks tend to drag on a bit longer than they should but it's easy to see why this LP was revolutionary

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3

I'm not sure I ever listened to a Gary Numan song other than Cars before this. New Wave was THE new music of my youth and I retain an affection for it from that. The cover art for this album is superb.

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La neta tiene tres o cuatro rolas muy chidas y luego tiene todas las demás muy pinche fumadas pero en el mal sentido. ¿Qué pedo con Oceans? ¿Por qué nos tenemos que chutar esos malviajes? Tres estrellas porque las chidas sí están muy chidas.

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3

Obviously influential, but feels cheap and plastic compared to some of its progenitors.

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I dig it. Had only heard “Cars,” before this and wasn’t expecting those cool ass instrumental tracks. Some of these tunes sound a little too much alike to my ears, but I really just want to know if Andy also saw people fucking at a Gary Numan show because I feel like that would make sense.

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3

Pop sintético. Cosas interesantes.

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Spaceship sounds!

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3

buen experimento

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Man this week has been very average

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Cars" Released: 21 August 1979 "Complex" Released: 16 November 1979

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3

Added barely any tunes to the playlist but it's interesting enough for a 3

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cars is ok

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3

Its different. Never heard the synth used as a hook so much. Reminds me of death metal, but instead of riffs its the synth. All that said still not my cup of tea, even though I kinda liked it

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I mean I liked this one a lot, a very pleasurable listen, and it's not weak at any moment but it neither has any particularly strong moments.

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3

Pioneering I suppose but sounds a bit basic now

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Some iconic tracks. Primed for samples.

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Yet another band/artist/album I have never heard of until that one song that everyone knows. lol. Pretty good overall.

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Enjoyable listen lots of funky 80’s beats

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I warmed up to this album. The vocals are very counter culture esque with their simplistic and wavering tone. The synth melodies are simple , but pretty effective and the drums and bass give a sense of structure for the synths to sit on. Favorite song: Cars

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блять что же это если не прародитель ебаного жанра? ММ??

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Želim više slušati, 3.5

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Album nije loš, možda mi je došao u krivi trenutak da ga više razumijem, ali što sam čuo, prolazan je. Dobar. Mislim ima pjesmu Cars koja mi je obilježila djetinjstvo zbog toga što je bila u nekoj igri s autima, to moram potražit točno koja, e od tada znam to. M.E. pjesma mi je sjela odmah na prvo slušanje, a također i Conversations (iako je u početku sporo krenula), međutim je do kraja pjesme pogodila promjene i postala je zanimljivija. Album je dobar, samo nisam imao više vremena da ga preslušam.

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David Bowie vibes

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Synth Cars

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It's alright. I like what it will influence over the next decade, and track 1, 9, 13, 14 are my favorites.

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3

Pure synth. Not bad. Good for focusing.

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3

I kinda liked it. Had a Talking Heads vibe

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Typical Numan. It was alright, just not my thing. 3*

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First impression: this slaps. Second impression: it is a bit repetitive in places, and particularly the song 'Conversation' goes on a bit (a lot) too long. Overall impression: enjoyed it, though. Will I listen to it again in its entirety? Maybe.

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Pretty intense and spaced. Not bad, but need to be in the right mood to listen to this!

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Sounds good today - imagine it in context.

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An album of songs that sounds like Cars, but are mostly not as good. Each song I can take in isolation, but I just can't take a whole album of this.

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3/5

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My previous familiarity with Gary Numan is limited to his hit from this album, Cars, which while it was grotesquely overplayed at the time, I actually like. It's a snappy, lowest common denominator distillation of Krautrock jammed into a four minute pop song. Interestingly, that description pretty much applies to the whole album. The robotic beats and chilly synths from Krautrock are wedded to disaffected vocals and succinct pop structures, surely a formula for mainstream success. Frankly, I'm surprised that more of the tunes on this album didn't make it onto the radio. And while everything here is fairly basic, it's not dumb, incompetent or tasteless, which is what I expected. The layers of synths are artfully constructed and anchored by a strong rhythm section, with occasional dollops of strings or piano to add dimension. Maybe the reason why I find The Pleasure Principle remarkably painless is because Numan has obviously taken so much inspiration for his sound from Low-era Bowie, which I love. Unfortunately, it's equally obvious that The Pleasure Principle has been massively influential up to the present, but the signifiers, like thin metallic synths, have been imitated but almost always without any of the taste or art that informs this release. Since The Pleasure Principle is rather shallow by design, it's hard to imagine that I will ever listen to it again all the way through, but I wouldn't mind if any of these tunes came on the radio. How to rate? Well, it's a perfectly realized album, but it's ambitions are depressingly modest.

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Kind of cool but got a bit ‘one trick’ pretty quickly. Fun to hear the ‘Where’s your head at’ sample.

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It's the Gary Numan sound that this album has in its favour (and Cars), but that can only go so far. Which is fine.

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Interesting to hear the song sampled by Basement Jaxx

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I think that many of the songs on this album blend together. Great Freud reference though. Definitely had a defining sound for the 80's.

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Classic new wave that I will always listen to, but really not that many bangers.

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3

IT WAS FINE. OK?! IT WAS JUST FINE.

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Really interesting record. Definitely out of my comfort zone since I'm typically a fan of guitar-based music. I can see why this is on the list from that perspective. The music is very sort of sparse and cold feeling. Apparently a big influence and Industrial music like Nine Inch Nails later on. Sometimes the synths sound cool and kind of square wave, other times it's a bit too... not sure the right term... orchestral maybe? It's a cool record. I liked it from an intellectual perspective but I didn't really connect to it otherwise. An interesting listen but not something I'll likely come back to.

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3

Starts off ok. Lots of 80s sounds. Not bad throughout but only a few memorable songs

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Can't fault it

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Good enough. Weird synthy, but I've always had a soft spot for "Cars." This whole album has that feel, and is worth listening to. I don't think I enjoyed it enough to call it 4 stars, but it's a solid 3.

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I want to like Gary Numan more than I do. Not a huge fan of his vocal delivery unfortunately, but it could grow on me. I like Cars and some of the other more instrumental ones, but overall the album drags for me a bit.

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I found this charming overall. Was familiar with "Cars." Many of the songs sounded super similar to each other, which became a problem in combination with the album length.

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okay synth and that one single

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Hard for me not to love this record. The cover art is really great. Reminds me a little of Led Zzeppelin's Presence, in that it has this ominous figure (a pyramid instead of an obelisk in this case). Musically, things can get a little repetitive but it's all balanced out by the great synth sounds for me. Sounds like soundtrack music a little bit. But the singles are memorable and nostalgic. In this moment, I want to give this a 4, but in reality, I think it probably only deserves a 3 given the company. Still, if Jane's addiction can secure at least three albums on this list, it seems like this should be rated as a 6.

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Thought I’d like this more. Dunno why but it just doesn’t ring. It’s not bad though.

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i am convinced that every single album in this list is secretly the same album

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interesting electronic sound, kinda of ambient but a bit more funky. Its a nice sound i hadnt heard before. But the album doesnt deviate much from this along the album which makes it a somewhat boring case. Nevertheless decent track

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I'm not a big new wave guy, but this album was decent

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Classic 80’s synth pop. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Revolution in Sachen Instrumentierung oder besser gesagt ihrer Synthetisierung. Eigendenk dessen übersehe ich gerne die recht flachen Song-Gebilde, die selten wie beim übergroßen „Cars“ schillernde Tunnel-Tiefe erreicht. Auch super: 3-chord Post-Punk Variation „M.E.“ 3.3

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Couldn't get through it all but Cars is a good jam 2.6

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Interesting, and I can see how it was seminal.

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A tantalizing record

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I appreciate what he did for the advancement of synth in music - but the album as a whole wasn't my cup of tea.

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Abided by in an Aristotelian fashion

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I hear the Kraftwerk influences and appreciate the real percussion and strings, tasteful additions. Cars didn't quite wow, but was an easy favorite.

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It was ok, I remember the CAR song

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"Cars" alone is an absolute Hall Of Fame track. And the other great songs on this album sound an awful lot like "Cars". And, Mr. Newman: I served with Thomas Dolby. I knew Thomas Dolby. Thomas Dolby was a friend - and LOVER - of mine. Mr. Newman, you're no Thomas Dolby.

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Great 80’s. Sound

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Great sound with some real good songs on here. I can see how it’s on the cusp of the 80s scene.

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Electro Punk in the wild.

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Better than I thought.

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A good listen and much more variety in it than I was expecting. Thought it was just electronica but a great mix of instruments too.

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Очень однообразно

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Synthy and wavey goodness, though I find the album to not be all that engaging.

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Nokkur mjög skemmtileg lög og nokkur ekki skemmtileg lög tbh

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Filmsin alku on siisti! Muutenkin hienoja synkkiä synapop-soundeja levyn täydeltä. Ei kuitenkaan mikään biisi iskenyt kuin miljoona volttia, joten loppuarvio ehkä 3.5 approx. 3/5

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Yllättävä. Tykkäsin aika paljon. Kraftwerk ja Jarre -vibat paikoitellen. 3/5

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Quite a fun album; Numan makes some good synth-pop. Some of the songs dragged on for too long, such as 'Conversation,' and when the songs drag on for too long you can really feel the repetitiveness of some of the music, which detracts from the experience. Interesting and a great demo for what it spawned, but I don't see myself listening to the album again.

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Something new and a unique style to me. Feels like an intense movie score throughout most of the album. "M.E." and "Oceans" my favourite tracks. Though the album does feel quite repetitive after a while.

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So much damn synth.

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This was fine, nothing special, average. A lot of synths, and very new-wavy.

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This feels really ahead of the time for a 1979 album. I recognize several tracks: Cars and M.E.. I like this album because it's still recognizable to me, but I don't believe it's one I will listen to again as it's not my preference.

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Nice post disco bump...

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Weirdly I have never listened to this album in full but for years was familiar of Gary Numan though his Living Ornaments 79 and 80 live albums. Most of the songs on The Pleasure Principle were featured on them and they stand out better live with more energy plus added guitars. Nonetheless, you still get some great songs here with Cars, Metal, M.E. and Complex. There a couple of duds though, particually Engineers and Conversation.

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He might be a robot. This is probably what it sounds like if KORG Synths or a ZX Spectrum was trying to flirt with you. Best Tracks: Metal; M.E.; Cars

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Wel prima, niks bijzonders

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Eh. It's robotic and kind of cool but very repetitive and not very evocative

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Haha pretty wild. A pretty classic 80s sound with all the synths even tho its a 79 album. Has some classics like "Here in my Car" and was fun for a bit but ultimately got a bit repetitive.

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3 1/2

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: cars

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It's such a cool sound that becomes so important for the following decade. However, the album runs a little too long and there's not a ton of variety song-to-song

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Begin van de plaat was best tof, maar dat kale syntesizer geluid begint op een gegeven moment wel een beetje suf te worden. Maar vanwege 'Cars' toch nog 3 sterren.

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okay but the whole album not totally my style.

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A pleasure to listen to this. Coherent exploration of a sound - cold, mechanical nostalgo-futuristic. I was only familiar with Cars (which was played to death on TV when I was a kids) so glad to hear the rest of the album

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Synth-pop, 2,5/5

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tragically, I prefer the Basement Jaxx version

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Not particularly an album that I would gravitate to however it was an interesting listen. For me, I didn't particularly pick up on too many stand-outs although "Cars" is an excellent song which seems to be Numan's most well-known.

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Synth pop, lidt spacey, rytmisk

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Never really been a fan. But I like that Joe the Waiter song on the Tubeway Army record.

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Cars. Very 80's synthy rock pop? yea let's go with that.

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Every song felt the same. Techno drum machine is repetitive. Probably influenced some 80s artists

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Interesting. Not good, but interesting.

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Boring. Not a fan. Cars, metal and maybe one or two others bring it up to a 2.

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What a strange duck this is. I feel as if this is an album more important for what it represents than what it sounds like. Automation, alienation, robotics - we're on the cusp of the first era of popular computing here and thus Numan's otherworldly marriage of man and machine must've seemed a quiet thrill. However, in 2021, its repetitive grooves and relatively small sound palette just don't cut it no mo'. I realise that repetition in and of itself can be a canny tool in the hands of an artist, but it doesn't mean I have to enjoy the results. I've listened to this twice, to see if I missed anything the first time around. I don't think so. I've got a friend who looks like Gary Numan though.

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It was alright. A couple of pretty good tracks

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2.5 background gear for me on this one

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I enjoyed the simple, synth-pop instrumentation and the satisfying new-wave songwriting and could easily see myself giving the album 3-4 stars if it had another singer. Unfortunately, I just don't like Gary Numan's voice apparently.

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Undoubtedly influential but seems to recycle the same ideas over and over.

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I appreciate it for what it is, but it feels very basic by today's standards.

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ok I guess

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Not for me

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Could barely make it beyond the first track. Terrible.

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reminds me of soviet space films pretty funky, but a bit too robotic fow me sawry

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Very samey

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didn't listen all the way, ok ig

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The only song that really differentiates itself to me is the hit “Cars”. Has the hooks and pop sensibilities that the rest of the album is missing Everything else just kind of blends in to one another.

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If John Thompson or Hal Leonard wrote a book on playing keyboard. I don't think this album will stand the test of time. One hit wonder and most of the songs are simple and contrived. It wasn't unenjoyable to listen to, but it also didn't inspire me to hear it again.

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Largely seen in the U.S. as a one-hit wonder for "Cars", Numan was actually at the leading edge of the synth-pop/new wave movement worldwide. This synth/Moog heavy collection is not an easy listen today, as the sounds are definitely of their time and outside of the 80s mainstream. Likewise, the subject matter isn't particularly relatable, dealing with machines, robots and other things sci-fi. Perhaps that's why "Cars" hit the biggest - it reflects on something most of us can relate to. I dig the bass lines and drum tracks in many places (esp. the instrumental opener), can take or leave his voice (which works best on "Cars"), and admire the strings mixed in on certain tracks ("Complex", ) What can't be ignored, though, is the albums influence on other bands. New wave took off big and much of the sound can be traced to Numan, to the point that some of those sounds & rhythms are common in general pop and even hip-hop these days. And if you want a direct connection, look to NIN's cover of "Metal" (which clearly rocks a lot more than the version here). Still, I wouldn't listen to this album in it's entirety again. But "Cars" has a solid place in my 80s playlist, for nostalgia's sake, if nothing else.

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Weird and boring

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Iconic prototype of early to mid 80s new wave sound. Listenable, just not my style. Rating reflects personal opinion, not overall quality. (I guess that’s true all the time, but especially here.)

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2,5 unterhaltend

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Eh not a huge fan

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Everything sounded very similar - can understand the appeal/influence this had, but not for me

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Some songs were kind of cool, but overall not for me. And "Cars," despite being the most popular hit, is one of my least favorites.

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It was alright…

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I looked at this album the same way Gary Numan looked at the pyramid on the album artwork. Intrigued, suspicious, unsettled, aroused. "Cars" is the only track I think most anyone has ever listened to, and it's a fun ride for sure. Overall though, the album is pretty flat. Sure, it was early synth pop and maybe paved the way for some more exciting stuff. But on its own, meh.

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What if the song cars but an entire album in length? Numan really just picks one kind of syncopated synth beat and really runs it into the ground.

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fine i guess, but not something i wanted to listen to at 10 am. i made it halfway through

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I can only imagine how futuristic this album must have sounded in 1979! Personally, I just don't dig it. The songs drag on way too long and the vocals are too winey. But I can appreciate how revolutionary it is. 2/5 - Didn't resonate with me

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Not a huge fan of it

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Ich find Gary Numan schon ganz cool, hab hier aber nur mittelmäßig aufmerksam gelauscht. Eine Frage ist geblieben: ist er ein One-Trick-Pony? Jedenfalls scheint er auf diesem Album den einen Trick relativ gern aufzuführen. Naja. 2,4 kann ich dafür schon geben!

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Nicht mein Ding, aber nicht schlecht gemacht.

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Honestly... just felt so dated. Even as someone who enjoys late 70s and 80s music just... very very dated. Only like 2 songs on the album that I thought were really enoyable.

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The live percussion backing electronic and synth sounds make for a couple of decent tracks. However most of the more electronic tracks sound like the daft kids pissing about with the preset sounds on the keyboards in a music lesson. A little too repetitive at times and forgettable.

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not good

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Very good song writing, but the synths just make it boring and too repetitive for my liking.

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A bit boring after a while

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Cars is good (I've been listening to it recently cos it was on the soundtrack of the last game I was playing), but the rest kinda blend together.

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I wasn't impressed by the synth really. Just okay for me.

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Noh, ei ehkä parhaiten aikaa kestänyt syntikkalevy. Alkupuolella pari ihan voimakasta biisiä, mutta b-puoli ei tarjonnut enää juuri mitään.

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Best Song: Cars. Don't even know if it's better than any of the others, or if it just benefits from the fact that I recognize it. Worst Song: Observer. Exactly that chunky, slow, 80s synth style that I dislike. Overall: Not my style. Sounds like big hair and neon clothes. It just feels like so much emphasis was placed on using weird and space-y sounds, rather than having them sound good and fit together in any cohesive way.

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Cool sounds, not really engaged with the album though.

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culturally and aesthetically significant but this is a little grating to listen to. Nice to finally hear the album behind "Cars" though.

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Feels kind of dated in this day and age. Not bad, but most of the songs are a bit underwhelming.

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Kraftwerk on my mind listening to this. Felt more frantic.

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i know what new wave sounds like now

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Eno lite

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jeg kom aldri inn i denne. tung materie å få tak på. Ble mye pling plong.

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Lite variasjon mellom sangene, ingen som festa seg spesielt. Ok, men kan ikke skjønne at det hører til på denne lista.

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2/5 forgettable af

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In het begin was ik enthousiast, maar op een gegeven moment werd ik een beetje simpel van steeds hetzelfde riedeltje.

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Bijna helemaal kunnen draaien, maar alles ging op elkaar lijken. Niet heel spannend dan ook.

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Supposed to be from the future but just sounds weird and out of place 🥱

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It’s congruent, I’ll give it that. The vocals are lacking and what was novel the first couple songs becomes monotonous and annoying.

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gives me a heebies jeebies vibe, esp Asylum

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He descubierto que me caga Gary Numan

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maloooooooooooooo OHHH

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No ps no.

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Primera presa de contacte amb Gary Numan, a qui consideren un dels pares de l'electrònica. Va ser dels primers ens experimentar amb sintetitzadors i aprofitar-los per fer pop. L'àlbum té elements interessants però el conjunt se m'ha ennuegat una mica.

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Horrendo, no he podido con el.

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Very important album for electronic music, but also very outdated and a drag to listen to

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I asked for one thing, Mrs./Mr. 1001 Album Generator! A 5 star album for Father’s Day. If what I asked for were a gourmet shaved prime ribeye steak and cheese sub, what I got was a pre-made ham and cheese vending machine version that expired 3 months ago. Observer was a bit enjoyable as was Cars, which I recognized. I can understand that the musical sound broke ground for the time. Nonetheless, I pressed my luck with my Father’s Day request and was delivered a whammy instead.

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Not my jive..

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Despite having Cars in my head for the last 30 years, I couldn’t get into this record.

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Was fine while I was working but not sure I could distinguish one song from another.

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Not my vibe… but interesting.

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Another that contains one song that we've all heard a 1001 times. Rest of the album is variations on that theme, no need to hear this before I die.

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Nie wiem skad kojarze postac, ale muzycznie pierwszy raz slysze, a pan Numan uraczyl tym czym lata 80 swoja, czyli popem i synthem, plyta z 79 jest jego debiutanckim solowym materialem, chociaz samemu nie gra, bo klawiszowiec, drumer i basiarz mu towarzysza na tej plycie, 41 minut i 10 trakow opartych na tym co syntezator wypluje, zastapily one gitarowe brzmienia, lirycznie rowniez stara sie byc futurystyczna jak tylko sie da, wiec roboty, samochody, czy inzyniery sa tematami na utwory, a to wszystko wyspiewane z tak denerwujaca maniera, ze tylko dziekowac za tak niewielka dawke lirycznej strony plyty, bo spora czesc materialu to instrumentalne brzdakania, a co do brzdakania to najciekawszym efektem byl znieksztalcony basior na M.E. ktory featuruje takze wiolaczele chyba jako jedyny kawalek plyty, wiec kolejny egzotyczny smaczek, najbardziej mi podeszly trzy traki bonusowe, ktore calkowicie poszly na instrumental i najbardziej przypominaja kraftwerkowe tworczosci, natomiast glowna czesc plyty, to synthowe brzdakanie dla wyspiarza oi

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No me gusta. Demasiado psicodélico

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Hier kon ik veel te weinig mee.

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Hier vond ik weinig plezier in

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