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The Pleasure Principle (album) by Gary Numan 

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The Pleasure Principle
The Pleasure Principle by Gary Numan (1979)
Overall rank: 1,479th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 158 votes)
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Accolades: Top albums of 1979 (28th)
Top albums of the 1970s (323rd)
Best albums of all time (1,479th)

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The Pleasure Principle is ranked as the best album by Gary Numan.

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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 158 votes)
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80/100
10/02/2018 08:13
77/100
 
80/100
09/27/2018 06:05
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80/100
08/30/2018 14:55
88/100

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95/100
From Helios 06/21/2018 21:57
Ah, the day machines conquest the world, yes...
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70/100
From titansaurs28 02/06/2018 23:15
A ghostly album with synth echos and active drums but only really one moment of greatness in "Cars".
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70/100
From Nobodyisemo 10/19/2017 21:46
Much more lush and organic than I than I expected. Expectations: cold, calculated, dire

The lyrics are still a little dire, but the rounded bass tone, full drums and expansive synth tones really make for an imaginative record here. I love the humanizing violin and piano delicately strewn about. A couple of the songs sound a LOT like 'Cars' though, though that made me consider that he may think of the album as a sort of symphony with recurring themes, and that's cool-ish if it's the case.
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85/100
From garycottier 06/02/2016 11:10
Gary Numan was huge in the late seventies/early eighties, and, the pleasure principle, is the reason why. Obviously heavily influenced by David Bowie's, low, and, heroes, albums, TPP, is an excellent electronic LP. Great songs include, metal, films, and off course, cars, a classic single. TPP, is a great electro album, still sounds great today.
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90/100
From mandomikey 12/24/2015 01:01
80's electronica with live drums... an oft-ignored concept.
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80/100
From Rich150 11/12/2015 20:42
Consistantly good but not, in my opinion, as good as Replicas. Observer and Cars the stand out tracks.
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From Leonard 06/17/2015 09:03
the album still sounds very modern, in 1979 it was released bevor Visage and Vienna (u-vox)
I loved it in 1980 and i still love it in 2015!
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From KGB 06/04/2015 18:18
Have we got all the "Cars" jokes out of the way, yet? Maybe the synths date this one to some of you, but you can't deny the songs are catchy.
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75/100
From Tamthebam 10/12/2014 06:09
Gary Numan was very successful in the UK and Japan but this is not his best album. under the name Tubeway Army he released an album prior to this called Replicas. That album is superior and contains many of his best songs. This is a good album but not great. As everyone has said CARS is the best track.
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80/100
From plasticships 11/21/2013 00:52
More than just the single Cars, this album is monumental and deserves a listen.
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