Gary Numan - Savage (Songs Of A Broken World)Album facts

Release: September 15th, 2017
Label: BMG
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The godfather of melancholia

It’s indeed applaudable and formidable as well that ‘Gary Numan’ now presents his 21st Studio album in his 40 years counting carreer. To this I salute before I even say a thing about this new opus. Even more striking is the fact, that he sticks to his roots without repeating himself like so many others do.

Over the years Gary Numan’s albums got darker and more menacing: After a very personal ‘Splinter (Songs Of A Broken Mind)’ in which he worked out his strong depression follows now ‘Savage (Songs From A Broken World)’. The record mirrors our world’s situation pretty authentically which is in fact not to be described as too positive. Based on this theme, it is practically a concept album.

Grief for the advanced

Very lugubriously opens the piece ‘Ghost Nation’. Carried along in a low pace it consists of Synth Pop elements and Industrial influences. Writing a chorus where a sudden shudder shivers down your spine is comparabel to writing a lyrical masterpiece of the quality of a Poe.

The second track reminds me – especially in the beginning – of a ballad-like version of Ofrah Haza’s ‘Im Nin’Alu’. Oriental inspired strings and trumpets linked with Gary Numan’s gloomy voice stress this song’s dystopian atmosphere. The epic chorus hovers over this emotional setting and brings the whole construct to life.

The sound of a Gary Numan Hit

Gary Numan - Press Photo 2017

Gary Numan
Press Photo 2017

The first single ‘My Name Is Ruin‘ is simply genius and deservedly the album’s figurehead. Is it radio-compatible? Hard to say, but who cares about it anyways? None of the prior albums, including ‘Savage’ was made for pop radio stations; although ‘My Name Is Ruin’ is most definitely the catchiest song here.

More serious than ever

‘The End Of Things’ is a ballad out of a picture book. Strings, heavenly angels’ choirs and tragic vocals let you float and drift into your own state of mind. But before you completly drift away, the chorus comes to net you in again – a very sinewy and dynamic piece of work.

The following track ‘And It All Began With You’ is not the dancefloor kind of song. Instead the song comes up with deeply emotional lyrics that won’t leave your eyes dry. It’s not that it’s especially sad but to me it’s very touching because I can empathize very well having an intense realtionship to a soul mate and the fear to loose something so precious.

Soundtrack to the post-apocalypse

Electronic and Rock-Elements take off on the song ‘When The World Comes Apart‘ and make it even danceable with a suiting tempo. It’s fascinating how an energetic song like this becomes all dark and dreary only by Gary Numan’s voice. I’d dare say, he’s the only person in the world who could be able to turn a song like ‘Shiny Happy People’ (‘R.E.M.’) into the ultimate super dark epic.

Minimalistic Industrial can be found in ‘Mercy’. I even have a notion of ‘IAMX‘ influences in matters of beat. Steady but with intensly vibrating E-Guitars and effects the song fights itself through the acoustically simulated desert, that is the base setting of this sonic experience.

‘What God Intended’ is a bitter ballad overlaid with cold metallic sounds and jaggedly vibrating static. Hopeless and grueling grind the lyrics like a dry prayer noone believes in. This track is surely the most melancholic and the least accessible on the album.

Like a rolling sandstorm

It’s ‘full speed ahead’ with ‘Pray For The Pain You Deserve’ and its military up tempo beat. It does push the whole album a good way forward again. It’s a battle call accompanied by harsh E-Guitars, subtly extended by effects like the sough of an approaching bomb. Apart from that, this song is a brilliant Synth Pop song with Industrial elements.

A reward for all the suffering

Gary Numan landed a bull’s eye with this record. There’s noone in the Industrial/Electrorock scene who is able to pinpoint despair, grief and the whole range of desolate feelings as exact as he does.

‘Savage (Songs From A Broken World)’ is a masterpiece that will long stay unequaled. For me personally, this is one of the best Gary Numan albums ever. A must-buy for all Numan fans, and a definitve recommendation for everyone with a hint of melancholia and a love for electronic music.

Track By Track Rating

Gary Numan - Savage (Songs Of A Broken World)
Gary Numan - Savage (Songs From A Broken World)
Ghost Nation
Bed Of Thorns
My Name Is Ruin
The End Of Things
And It All Began With You
When The World Comes Apart
What God Intended
Pray For The Pain You Serve
My Name Is Ruin
When The World Comes Apart
Pray For The Pain You Serve

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7 Responses

  1. ALI

    Just watched him do Ruin on the BBC’s “The Old grey Whistle Test” anniversary. After that went and got the album. AWESOME…!

  2. Anton

    Played this through some good speakers and the sub-bass felt like it really was a recording of the end of the world. Soundscape vibrations in the place of basslines. Synth noises that I’ve never heard before. Truly a masterpiece of production, so a big shout out to Ade Fenton for incredible work. The theme is reminiscent of Warriors in 1983, but where picturing a post-apocalyptic wasteland then involved standing in front of a picture of a sunset now he just needs to drive into the California desert. Soon the whole world could look like this and the culture of the bedouin is going to become pretty mainstream. The fact that this album storms into Number 2 in the UK album charts suggests maybe Numan’s emotional cry in the face of a bleak vision of the future, seems pretty damn relevant to the present. Plus, you can’t beat those huge anthem choruses.

  3. Phil Chadwick

    An absolutely brilliant album, great tracks all over it and certainly one of the best albums he has ever released.. !0/10

  4. Stuart Booth

    A staggeringly good album. My Name Is Ruin has his daughter join in for the Arabian-style wailing. Spine-tingling.

  5. RdWd

    Brilliant album. Have to disagree that Broken’s a weak song, I’d like to see Numan continue down that ambient instrumental path in the future.

  6. Josie Lindstrom

    I tend to agree with what the author has to say. Too bad he can’t spell his way out of a way paper bag. :(


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