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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: 1,485th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 167 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top albums of 1979 (25th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (320th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,485th)

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

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The Pleasure Principle track list

Overall chart history The tracks on this album have an average rating of 80 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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1.Airlane [Instrumental]
 79/100 (26 votes)
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2.Metal
 82/100 (29 votes)
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3.Complex
 80/100 (25 votes)
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4.Films
 80/100 (26 votes)
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5.M.E.
 82/100 (27 votes)
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6.Tracks
 80/100 (25 votes)
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7.Observer
 79/100 (25 votes)
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8.Conversation
 79/100 (25 votes)
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9.Track pickCars
 87/100 (59 votes)
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10.Engineers
 76/100 (23 votes)
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The Pleasure Principle rankings

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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 167 votes)
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90/100
03/17/2019 07:16
78/100
 
65/100
03/15/2019 21:17
69/100
 
65/100
02/20/2019 11:03
71/100
 
90/100
01/22/2019 06:00
84/100
 
75/100
01/21/2019 21:12
77/100

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95/100
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Ah, the day machines conquest the world, yes...
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70/100
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
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
80's electronica with live drums... an oft-ignored concept.
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80/100
Consistantly good but not, in my opinion, as good as Replicas. Observer and Cars the stand out tracks.
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80/100
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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Rating:  
80/100
From KGB
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
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
More than just the single Cars, this album is monumental and deserves a listen.
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