Numan's career had stalled somehow during the first run of his own record label, leading him to sign a deal with IRS for several albums -- a deal that would lead to frustrations galore for Numan, who found himself suddenly constrained by a record company's idea of what Gary Numan should be. This did not affect Numan immediately, mind you -- Metal Rhythm is an energetic return to form, with some great moments in songs such as "New Anger" and "America." The basic theme of the album is the rebirth of a pop star...alas, it would be downhill for a while after this. IRS took cuts from this and several prior albums and cobbled together the patchwork of New Anger, and the slide began in earnest.
AllMusic Review by Steven McDonald