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    Posted: 01 May 2015 at 2:43pm
Monthly Album Discussion - May

I would like to kick off the monthly album discussion threads. ___ This month let's discuss the album Exile.



Exile

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Exile is the sixteenth studio album by British musician Gary Numan. Its release continued a critical upswing in Numan's career which began three years earlier with the release of Sacrifice.

The album followed a loose concept namely that, rather than being opposites, God and the Devil were two sides of the same coin. Each track reflected some aspect of this premise. Unlike Sacrifice, Numan’s theme in Exile was not so much atheistic as heretical; it did not deny the existence of God but, instead, his proclaimed goodness. Shortly after the album's release, Numan explained: "Personally, I don't believe in God at all, but if I'm wrong and there is a God, what kind of god would it be who would give us the world we live in?

The opening number and single, "Dominion Day", set the album’s gothic/industrial rock tone, describing how a man's nightmare becomes reality as Christ returns to Earth in scenes suggestive of the Book of Revelation. The tale was set against a wall of synthesizers, drum loops and distorted guitars. "Dark", which further explored what the composer saw as an incestuous relationship between God and the Devil, became a favourite for movie trailers before being used on the soundtrack of Alex Proyas’ film Dark City. "Dead Heaven" turned various biblical conceits on their head (Mary is ravaged, rather than revered, by the Three Wise Men) while "Absolution", a re-recording of a 1995 single, was a bitter reflection on the consequences of unquestioning faith; it was covered by Amanda Ghost on the Random tribute album.

Though not a big chart success Exile scored almost universally positive reviews, a contrast to the situation in Numan’s early years when he had many hits but was generally condemned by critics. However it further alienated some fans who had been put off by Sacrifice’s anti-religious undertones. The website www.remindmetosmile.com changed from a tribute page to one openly critical of Numan for being "so bold that he feels he can mock God and feel good about it". Numan’s response was:


"This sort of reaction always amazes me. Here you have people that genuinely believe that God created this entire bloody universe in just six days, without anybody's help, and yet they seem to think that He needs their help to deal with little me. If God was bothered about me, He would deal with me".

The US edition of Exile included one extra track, a live recording of "Down in the Park", previously released on the double album Ghost (1987); Numan, who did not approve its inclusion, presumed that his record label did it to link him to Marilyn Manson and other artists who had recently covered the song.[4] An 'Extended' version of Exile, approximately twice as long as the original, was released in 1998. Numan toured the UK and US in support of the album to largely sell-out crowds, a concert recording from this period called Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire (US title Live in London) eventually being released in 2004.


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1. "Dominion Day" 4:52
2. "Prophecy" 5:05
3. "Dead Heaven" 5:23
4. "Dark" 4:30
5. "Innocence Bleeding 4:26
6. "The Angel Wars" 5:04
7. "Absolution" 5:00
8. "An Alien Cure" 6:09
9. "Exile" 6:47
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Much prefer the extended version. Stand out track for me is Innocence Bleeding
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Looking at the track list again , I can honestly say there are only 2 songs that I can remember ( Absolution & Domionion day )! Absolution is O.K , Dominion Day not !!!!!! As for the rest of them , on a par with Pure & Jagged. ............Crap !   I.M.O .
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P.s. As for the extended version , twice as bad as the standard version !
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Exiles a great album
music to shave your dog to
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The angel wars is superb
music to shave your dog to
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Alan 74 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2015 at 10:05pm
Originally posted by northstardeserter northstardeserter wrote:

Looking at the track list again , I can honestly say there are only 2 songs that I can remember ( Absolution & Domionion day )! Absolution is O.K , Dominion Day not !!!!!! As for the rest of them , on a par with Pure & Jagged. ............Crap !   I.M.O .

Same here.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Alan 74 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 May 2015 at 10:07pm
As in same here, i can only remember those 2 songs
I dont listen to anybody. Except the voices in my head
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One of my favourite albums this.

The first time I heard The Angel Wars I didn't like it at all. Then I heard the extended version, wow.

The trouble with this and Sacrifice is the production is poor, all very muffled.
My other signature is much better than this one.
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Very true
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