Gary Numan

Telekon/I, Assassin

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After the synthesized triumph of The Pleasure Principle, Gary Numan brought some guitars back into his sound on Telekon. Unlike Tubeway Army, which was dominated by guitars, the instrument is used to flesh out the keyboard-created textures on Telekon, which makes the album one of his most intriguing and creative records. However, although it showcases his trademark sound to a fine effect, the repetitive, formulaic songwriting of I, Assassin -- the second LP reissued on this two-fer -- suggests that Gary Numan had hit a brick wall with his robotic, synthesized pop.

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