Splinter: Songs From a Broken Mind Image
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  • Summary: The 20th studio release for the British electronic artist features guitarist Robin Finck and was produced with Ade Fenton.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 14, 2013
    100
    Kicking off with I Am Dust, it hangs together marvellously as an album.
  2. Oct 18, 2013
    90
    Splinter offers a hammering continuum of some of Gary Numan's most stunning synth rhythms to date. [No. 103, p.59]
  3. Oct 17, 2013
    80
    This time Numan struggled with depression in the past few years (which nearly broke up his marriage). This all comes through in the lyrics, which are mostly good (one particularly haunting line: "I don't believe in the goodness of people like me"), even if they lay it on a little thick sometimes.
  4. Oct 22, 2013
    78
    The most compelling moments (“I Am Dust” and the title track) are like mechanized, sci-fi mini-operas, awesomely grandiose and yet disturbingly proximate enough to breathe all that fear right down your neck through your spine.
  5. Nov 4, 2013
    70
    It's electronic-age angst, refracted through pop history, back to its source.
  6. 70
    As well as an intact ability to craft and deliver a song, is a sonic techno-armoury far superior to that of his Tubeway Army days. [Nov 2013, p.91]
  7. Oct 10, 2013
    60
    The carapace of violent noise that encases each song needs breaking before you can appreciate how fascinating it is musically.

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  1. May 2, 2014
    9
    Bought yesterday and now on 5th play-through.
    Exceptionally good. The tunes are lovely and melodic in a minor key and they often rock along
    Bought yesterday and now on 5th play-through.
    Exceptionally good. The tunes are lovely and melodic in a minor key and they often rock along like a train. Lyrics are dark, black and gloomy much like early period The Cure, which is still my favourite Cure incarnation.
    The musicianship's excellent throughout. Always liked Numan's vocal style and here it's as good as it was in the early 80s.
    First time I've bought any of his more recent stuff and I'm thoroughly impressed and really chuffed with this.
    Going to see him in Melbourne in a couple of weeks so really looking forward to that
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