Gary Numan – Love Hurt Bleed (Mortal Records)
23 September 2013
It’s thirty-five years since the release of Tubeway Army, thirty –five years! Gary Numan is back with a new single, from the forthcoming Splinter album, and he’s sounding better than ever. His first self-penned album since 2006’s Jagged, if Love Hurt Bleed is anything to go by, it should be a stunner.
His live appearances and admittance of his admiration for Nine Inch Nails is very clear as he sounds more like Trent Reznor and his boys than the group do themselves. You can almost hear Numan curl his lip as he lets his trademark snarl free on a pounding, heavy on bass track, aggressive track which promises to have Numanoids the World over whipped into a frenzy.
With enough modern day trickery to entice younger fans, and, several nods back to the early days of Replicas and The Pleasure Principle, Numan has crafted a modern day anthem which should blast the cobwebs from between everyone’s ears on his forthcoming November tour.
There’s little doubt that there have been times over his career where he has stumbled in his own footsteps, but, Love Hurt Bleed is Numan back at his incredible best, and, whilst the ‘Radio Edit’ of the song steams along magnificently, it’s the ‘Album Version’ that really roars along with a backing track that is as memorable as the choral lines themselves.
Gary Numan is back with possibly the best single of the year.
Published on Louder Than War 19/09/13 - here