I Am Gary Numan (limited edition)
Review by Joshua Blanc
Jim Collins, aka I Am Gary Numan, has followed up his Gary Numan tribute CD
"The Church Of Gary Numan," with a 12 track hard-rock meets industrial
album. In the tradition of Gary Numan's recent works, the songs are built
on a foundation of percussion and synth loops. Jim adds his exceptional
guitar-work into the mix, some fantastic piano, synth, and distinctive
vocals in a range of styles.
As well as the original compositions, there are also covers of Numan's
"Walking With Shadows," and "My Jesus," which fit in nicely with the other
material. A varied and valiant effort; I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Track by track comments:
1: We Kill The Ones We Love
A strong intro and chorus. I find the verses a little strained. Some
great guitar work and a solo at the end, which are the high-points of the
song for me. I love the title too.
This is my favourite of I Am Gary Numan's original compositions. Great
instrumentation throughout, and the lyrics and vocals are superb. The
stripped-down outro is pure heaven.
3: I Am Gary Numan
We get Numanesque piano which is simply brilliant on this laid-back track,
and the lyrics are woven with titles of Numan songs. At first I found the
chorus a bit silly, but I dare you not to end up singing it for hours after
you've heard it! There's a nice piano solo during the bridge, and the
strings and cymbal hits add nice atmosphere. Definitely a high point for
Numan fans on this album.
Jim gets back into heavy mode with this song, a loop-fest built around a
heavy guitar track. The raw, slightly distorted vocal style works very
well. And another treat, a lingering synth pad closes the song.
Great Pure-style guitar work here. I find some of the loops a little
distracting, on an otherwise strong track.
6: Walking With Shadows
Let me start off by saying Walking With Shadows is my favourite Gary Numan
song, and it's such a tour-de-force that no cover version will ever
do it justice. That said, I like I Am Gary Numan's stripped-down treatment
of the song, with some slight variations in the vocal delivery. We get
some more nice piano parts on the outro.
7: Pray For Their Souls
I Am Gary Numan delivers a ballad which is an interesting mix of light and
heavy. Delayed piano, emotive string chords, and some heavy guitar for
good measure. The solos are superb, as are the double-tracked vocals
on the refrain.
8: Cold Storage
Starting out with some high-energy synth sequences, this track delivers the
goods. Great lyrics and vocals and a good balance of synth and wicked
guitar against a driving beat.
9: This Virus
From Cold Storage we segue seamlessly into This Virus, a track driven by a
funky bass-line and industrial synths. The vocal style works well here.
10: My Jesus
This cover works well. It's sufficiently heavy, subtle in places, and the
synth on the instrumental sections is a blast.
11: Lucidity From Madness
A short, synth-heavy track with a riff which harkens back to the early
Numan style. A real gem!
Driven by a great heavy guitar riff and warbling synth loop, with lots of
industrial percussion flying around. Nice reverbed vocals on the bridge.
A strong track to end the album.
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