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Metal Rhythm (Reis)
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, New Age, Pop, Rock
Digitally remastered reissue of Numan's 1988 album for the Illegal Records label. 15 tracks, including five bonus tracks, 'I Don't Believe', 'Children', 'My Dying Machine' (William Orbit Mix), 'Devious' (Andy Piercy Mix) a... more »
Digitally remastered reissue of Numan's 1988 album for the Illegal Records label. 15 tracks, including five bonus tracks, 'I Don't Believe', 'Children', 'My Dying Machine' (William Orbit Mix), 'Devious' (Andy Piercy Mix) and 'America' (Remix). 1999 release.
Best of the period
Alf Kremer | Denver CO | 12/01/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The period 1984 - 1992 wasn't exactly a high point musically for Gary Numan. Most of his albums from this period range from enh-OK to embarassing. This one remains my favorite from that less-than-stellar period. He obviously had gotten the funk bug somewhere (he claims to have been a fan of the Jimmy Jam-Terry Lewis production team), and he manages to mash this pseudo-funk into his style and still sound engaging most of the time ("Devious" has synth horns that I found too squeaky for my liking). The lyrics are pretty angry and/or threatening (except in the hopeful "America" and the languid "Don't Call My Name") with the vagueness one either likes or doesn't like about most of Gary's lyrics. Plenty of highlights here - "Respect" remains one of my favorite GN songs, with "This Is Emotion" and "Voix" just a half step down. "I Don't Believe" is a killer track (which sounds even better in its live DREAM CORROSION version) which should have been sandwiched into the orginal release somewhere. An angry moody album which I get a lot of apartment cleaning done during."
A highly-polished performance
Alf Kremer | 09/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Originally released in 1988, Metal Rhythm is the original (and best) version of New Anger (re-named and repackaged for the U.S. market in 1989). The tracks here are consistently good, combining the usual Numan keyboard style with lively lead guitar, crisp woodwind and percussion, sultry brass sections, and smooth, velvety female backing vocals. In fact the entire production is of such high quality than one is pushed to pick and choose highlights! If you like to move your feet, try Devious and Respect. But if you just want to sit back and relax, then the beautiful ballad, Don't call my name, is just the track to chill-out to. Suspend judgement and just enjoy!"
HARD TO DESCRIBE !!
JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU | Weston Hills, FL United States | 03/10/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Funk ? yeah ! Pop ? indeed ! Dance ? you bet ! Industrial ? somewhat. This album is a dense,powerful amalgam of all of the above styles,in Numan?s very own.Very synth heavy,loaded with samples,very polished,with a slick guitarwork somewhat (unfortunately) purposely compressed and buried in the mix .
There's even a wink to Robert Palmer on track 3.I've never listened to a single song by Janet Jackson but she's cited as an influence.This is cold black music.Sounds contradictory ? You bet,but then again it's G.Numan we're talking about.This album is in the middle of his infamous ¨mid-period¨ which some fans appreciate (if to a lesser degree) and most despise.The female backing vocals reach flat out excess this time when compared with his previous work (I could have used them a tad lower in the mix).There are 5 excellent bonus tracks at the end some of which are imaginative DJ remixes,one of which strikes one as an odd,anachronic choice,the My Dying Machine William Orbit.I was even reluctant to give it a first listen till I noticed there was a great deal of loud,upfront guitarwork in it,making it almost better than the original,despite a rather murky sound.The overall sound is very good to excellent,it has been remastered but it's a little tonally uneven from song to song.The 7''mix of ¨America¨ is definitevely not the same as the one I got on my ¨New Dreams For Old ¨ comp making it a good addition to my Numan collection.
Nice,but not an essential purchase."