Gary Numan is renowned for his crazy bursts of electro-industrial-pop shown in his biggest hits ‘Cars’ and ‘Are Friends Electric?’, yet it’s safe to say Splinter reverts entirely from Numan’s norm.
Splinter is an unexpected twist: electro-metal with more bursts of uncontrollable upset than pop. The single ‘Love Hurt Bleed’ hinted at an experimental album that could work for Numan, until this hope was dashed upon listening to ‘I Am Dust’, the second single to be taken from Splinter, which entirely mimicks the “I’m an angry teenager” feel seen consistently throughout the album.
After a few more listens. I felt like happiness was “so totally mainstream”. Of course, after Numan’s battle with depression during the seven years it took him to produce Splinter, it’s no shock that it’s quite possibly going to be the darkest electronica you will have ever heard, aside NIN and Depeche Mode, who still know how to be happy once in a while.
Let’s just say, next time I have a bad day I’ll CONSIDER giving it another listen, so If you are really into your bad days, thick guy-liner and drawing stars in biro on the tip of your converses, this is definitely the album for you.
…Natalia is listening to Arctic Monkeys – ‘R U Mine?’…