“Telekon” by Gary Numan - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1980Album Chart of the Decade: 1980s

TJR says

Another good 'un from the 22-year-old machine-man, giving him a third consecutive UK#1 if you include the final Tubeway Army album, and why not? If I'd raise any complaint it'd be that he should have included the two preceding singles, “We Are Glass” (#5) and “I Die: You Die” (#6) to give it at least some degree of uplifting connection. “This Wreckage” (#20) was the sole single, opening the album with the rather depressing question “And what if God's dead? We must have done something wrong.” Top of the Pops, here we come! There's more death on the agenda in “The Aircrash Bureau” whilst the cheerless title-track offers: “It's hard to breathe, it's hard to breathe, You end on reel one, You end on reel one”. By the time of “Remind Me To Smile”, a song about feeling crushed by the pressures of fame, you don't know whether to laugh or cry. I can take it no problem to be honest, and the album is a solid, if unspectacular, listen all the way.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [05:26] 7.7.png Gary Numan - This Wreckage (Gary Webb) New Wave
A2 [05:41] 6.0.png Gary Numan - The Aircrash Bureau (Gary Webb) Electronica
A3 [04:29] 7.4.png Gary Numan - Telekon (Gary Webb) New Wave
A4 [04:03] 6.6.png Gary Numan - Remind Me To Smile (Gary Webb) New Wave
A5 [04:58] 6.0.png Gary Numan - Sleep By Windows (Gary Webb) Electronica
B1 [04:19] 4.8.png Gary Numan - I’m An Agent (Gary Webb) New Wave
B2 [05:10] 6.7.png Gary Numan - I Dream Of Wires (Gary Webb) New Wave
B3 [05:11] 6.8.png Gary Numan - Remember I Was Vapour (Gary Webb) New Wave
B4 [05:39] 6.5.png Gary Numan - Please Push No More (Gary Webb) Songwriter
B5 [05:12] 6.5.png Gary Numan - The Joy Circuit (Gary Webb) New Wave

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