My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Original album is tracks 1-10
Brief Background: The Pleasure Principle is the debut solo album by Gary Numan. It was recorded in mid-1979 and released that September.
What I think: I’ve never really been a fan of the song “Cars”, which comes towards the end of this album. It has always seemed so cold and robotic to me (done purposefully of course) and that’s not something I enjoy. I love bloopy whiny keyboards, it just needs some emotion in it. So I wasn’t really expecting to like this album as I figured it would be really similar.
I am pleasantly surprised to find out that the rest of the album is similar, it’s just that the songs feel much more alive. The real bass guitar, (and I believe) for the most part real drums on much of the album combined with Numan’s voice and vocals make for a really exciting listen. There is just something in the combination that jumps off the record.
So, that is a nice base, but the you get some added violin and viola on songs such as “Complex” and they go even further. From the Wikipedia page, I know many of the lyrics are referring to robots and technology, but these robots must certainly have feelings. I’m often reminded throughout of one of my all time favorite albums The Return of The Rentals, especially on the fuzziest of songs.
My picks for the best tracks on the album are “Complex”, “Films” and “M.E.”, three in a row that are spectacular.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do agree that is should be here, it’s a wonderful and full album
Rating (Out of 5) 3.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (353/463)
Amount that are new to me: 76%