Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind) - MACHINE MUSIC
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Ken Scrudato on October 22, 2013
Now veritably re-contextualized by the coming of the technological alienation his early lyrics foreshadowed, Gary Numan’s new album seethes with tension and paranoia (“Here in the black/It comes for me,” he shudders). His incisive expositions on contemporary bemusement and anxiety are made all the more unsettling by their heaving, metal-machine accompaniment. 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.