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Gary Numan
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock
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Originally released in 1999, this album features a number of Numan favorites including "Dominion Day" and "An Alien Cure".


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All Artists: Gary Numan
Title: Exile
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 6/3/2008
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age, Pop, Rock
Style: Electronica
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 826992012728


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Originally released in 1999, this album features a number of Numan favorites including "Dominion Day" and "An Alien Cure".

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Michael Donovan | Ft. Lauderdale, Florida | 04/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have eveything Numan has ever done (yet, unfortunately, I forced myself to toss that 80's period when he did the stuff with the saxaphone and female vocals---Human League made a similar mistake on one album as well.) This album is the stuff that all similar music before AND after should judge themselves by. He is not copying anything - He created it in the first place! Numan is emotionally, mentally, and physically in every song, every note - and if you don't see that then sorry kiddo, but you are still in high'll get it when you get older. If some of these songs don't make you cry, they should at least make you hurt. He (Numan) exposes himself like few artists dare to do. He hides nothing - his hatred, sadness, fears, confusion --- all the s**t we all struggle through every day. The songs are beautifully orchestrated and once again prove what a great COMPOSER he is. I only hope he continues with his art, to challenge our intellect, are emotions, and our outlook on this filthy world that we have to make sense of. Bless Numan. Yes, it is solitary-dark-room-alone-with-a-candle-and-a diary-of-jumbled-emotions-made-into-words-nobody-understands-me kind of music. But if you have never had those kinds ofexperiences in your life, you might as well never have lived. Sometimes sorrow = understanding. Peace to all."
JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU | Weston Hills, FL United States | 09/16/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Not HIS roots perhaps,but those of the bands strongly influenced by him.True,this album sounds a LOT like NIN and Depeche Mode,but only because they took Gary's musical elements to shape their music in the first place ! So he's back with a vengeance and believe me,EXILE kicks NIN,DM or any other soundalikes in the @ss by putting the guts and personality those others bands lack ! Bought this a year after I got PURE,for U$5 in a bargain bin at a mom n pop store,can you believe it !?This is the most heaviest bottom end I've ever found on a cd,thanks god for my amp's protection circuitry,every song made it clip at least once !,and general sound is excellent,but I could have used a fullest (oppossed to the frequency trimmed) guitar sound.Two of the songs are a little monotonous for my taste,hence the 4 stars,but hey I'm no goth but an aging punk rocker who was infatuated with Gary's 4 first studio records and that was in 1980,so don't take my opinion to the letter and give this superb record a try;you'll love it !!!!!!!"
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N. P. Stathoulopoulos | Brooklyn, NY | 10/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An interesting affair, this. Numan's music was dark from the beginning, even if the effortless synth hooks made it upbeat and later danceable. But this is something else, a cult artist known for innovation following a trend he is credited as creating to be begin with.

Exile is a continuation of the change Numan made with Sacrifice, when he dropped the female background vocals, dropped the sax after about 10 albums, and went back to making music he wanted to hear. Exile continues into darker territory, sounding like a heavy, grim industrial record with excellent hooks. The combination of Numan's unique voice with the all-electronic, eerie soundscapes is excellent. There is something simpler, even stripped down about this album and the preceding one, after so many albums where it seemed he tried too hard.

One big thing about this album, and in fact, about all of Numan's albums since Sacrifice: the production and the mixing. I don't get it, but there is something off about the mix and mastering. You can hear the tunes are there, but they need some ::oomph:: in the drums and the bass. The drums are kept low and kind of flat when they should be up front and heavier since as the songs call for it. Others have pointed out the mastering, too. You need to tweak your stereo a bit to play this at a decent volume because serious bass distortion starts to creep in. Bizarre, isn't that kind of thing corrected by the engineers?

If it's intentional, I don't get it, except if Numan wanted to introduce some element of discomfort into the album. But somehow, I don't think so, I think it could be due to reduced budgets since the earlier days.

Nevertheless, the tunes are excellent. All of them. This sound seems natural, every song sounds appropriate with little flash. Years after an obsession with horn hits and backing vocals, he gets to what he should have been doing...pioneering this kind of sound. This is a darker album and a step up from Sacrifice, though in a very similar vein (he loves that rumbling little boom from the opening of Blade Runner as as simple/inspiration). The theme is...God, or thereabouts. Yes, much abounds in the atheism department, and it can get to be a bit much, blunt as it is, but it doesn't even kill the music here. Numan was always good at masking dark themes in upbeat, synth-driven songs. This is him going 'goth/industrial' and making it sound very easy, because he has the songs to begin with. It's no wonder he's more or less stayed in this mode musically since. He does NIN just as well, except it's his.

Highly recommended to his new and old fans, it's silly that this album is out of print. The Extended Version is a nice, old fashioned job of simply 'extending' all of the songs, doubling them in length, and lending more to the overall mood of the album. Good stuff."