Gary Numan ‎– Strange Charm

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1 My Breathing
Producer – Ade Orange, Gary Numan
6:36
2 Unknown And Hostile
Producer – Gary Numan, The Wave Team
4:26
3 The Sleep Room
Producer – Gary Numan, The Wave Team
5:15
4 New Thing From London Town
Lyrics By – Gary NumanLyrics By [Original] – Roger O'Dell*Music By – Bill SharpeProducer – Bill Sharpe, Nick Smith (4)
5:55
5 I Can't Stop
Producer – Gary Numan, The Wave Team
5:46
6 Strange Charm
Producer – Ade Orange, Gary Numan, The Wave Team
5:00
7 The Need
Producer – Gary Numan, The Wave Team
7:05
8 This Is Love
Producer – Gary Numan, The Wave Team
4:28

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(P)& © 1996 Numa Records
(Original release: 1986)

Recorded at Rock City Sound Studios, England.

Distributed by Pinnacle Records.

Published by Numan Music Ltd. except track 4 published by Chartwise Ltd.

Credits on CD and insert differ slightly, the insert credits are used here.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5014249119626
  • Matrix / Runout: NUMACDX1005 .

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
NUMA 1005 Gary Numan Strange Charm(LP, Album) Numa NUMA 1005 UK 1986 Sell This Version
CDNUMA 1005 Gary Numan Strange Charm(CD, Album) Numa CDNUMA 1005 UK 1986 Sell This Version
NUMA 1005 Gary Numan Strange Charm(LP, Album) Numa NUMA 1005 Scandinavia 1986 Sell This Version
EAMCD074, GAS 0000074 EAM, EDL EAG 157-2 Gary Numan Strange Charm(CD, Album, RE, RM) Eagle Records, Eagle Records, Eagle Records EAMCD074, GAS 0000074 EAM, EDL EAG 157-2 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CLP 0534-2 Gary Numan Strange Charm(CD, Album, RE, RM) Cleopatra CLP 0534-2 US 1999 Sell This Version

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postpunkmonk

postpunkmonk

January 30, 2008
edited over 6 years ago

Another strong album in a row from Numan here. It starts out with “My Breathing,” which is my all time favorite song by him. The atmosphere here is so thick you can cut it with a knife! The keyboards have an appealing “Old World” sensibility and the female vocals are not strident here than they can sometimes be. The stately rhythm bed is a wonder to behold. I can’t say enough good about this track so I’ll move on.

“I Can’t Stop” features an appealing, relentless quality as one would imagine from its title. “New Thing From London Town” is another song recorded with Shakatak’s Bill Sharpe. Some nice flavoring again from that collaboration. The awesome ”Strange Charm” should have been a single! The Oriental synth flourishes complement the outstanding staccato vocal arrangements of Numan and Tessa Niles, which interlock with a breathtaking precision. “The Need” overstays its welcome a bit but is otherwise an amusing rewrite of Bowie’s “Cracked Actor.” Numan is never one to shy away from Bowieisms! Like on “The Fury,” Numan ends the program with another ballad. “This Is Love” is just the man and a piano to harmonize with its lyrical vulnerability. This was another winner from his Numa Records label but he would soon surface in a 3 album deal with IRS that paid fewer dividends than this more vibrant work.

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