Gary Nu­man

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Sav­age (Songs for a Bro­ken World) BMG ★★★★★

Gary Nu­man’s ca­reer has been grad­u­ally re­vi­talised since Su­gababes’ 2002 smash Freak Like Me sam­pled him and Marilyn Man­son hailed him as a pi­o­neer of elec­tronic in­dus­trial gloom. There’s plenty of the lat­ter on his 21st stu­dio al­bum. Gui­tars and key­boards crash like fall­ing slabs of gran­ite, per­cus­sion pulses throb and synths purr omi­nously. Nu­man’s dystopian world­view hasn’t been ex­actly cheered by cli­mate change or the Trumpoca­lypse. How­ever, tune­ful­ness per­me­ates the in­ten­sity like rays of sun­shine. Huge, Cars-type banks of syn­the­sis­ers fire Bed of

Thorns and The End of Things and the east Asian-tinged My Name Is Ruin is one of his catchi­est songs in years. For all the re­tool­ing, the vin­tage Nu­manoid still has a pop star’s beat­ing heart.

Dave Simp­son

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