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jagged (See jag)

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1 a sharp projection on an edge or surface; "he clutched a jag of the rock"
2 a slit in a garment that exposes material of a different color underneath; used in Renaissance clothing
3 a flap along the edge of a garment; used in medieval clothing [syn: dag]
4 a bout of drinking or drug taking v : cut teeth into; make a jagged cutting edge [also: jagging, jagged]jagged adj
1 having a sharply uneven surface or outline; "the jagged outline of the crags"; "scraggy cliffs" [syn: jaggy, scraggy]
2 having an irregularly notched or toothed margin as though gnawed [syn: erose, jaggy, notched, toothed]

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Jagged is a 2006 album by Gary Numan, his first original album in over five years, following Pure in 2000. Stylistically Jagged was a development of its predecessor's chorus-driven, anthemic industrial sound, utilising heavier electronics and more prominent live drumming. Although reaction to the new record was predominantly positive, critical opinion was more heavily divided than had been the case with the almost universal praise enjoyed by Pure. Jagged charted no higher than the earlier release, some commentators and fans regarding the long time between albums as a missed opportunity for consolidation in the wake of Pures reception and the number 13 UK chart position attained by Numan's 2003 single with Rico, "Crazier". Jagged was the first album issued on Numan's own Mortal Records label, licensed to Cooking Vinyl. The US release, on Metropolis Records, included an alternate mix of "Fold" as a bonus track. In April Numan embarked on a tour of the UK, Europe and North America to promote the album.

History

Originally planned for a 2003 release, Jagged was finally issued in March 2006 after various delays that had resulted in adverse comments from a number of fans, to which Numan responded in kind on his website, NuWorld. He cited the birth of his two children after years of unsuccessful IVF attempts, issues with his former record company Artful, and trepidation at the prospect of producing a successful follow-up to the critically-praised Pure as reasons for the delay. Given the album's long gestation period, by the time it was released a number of the tracks had already been published in one form or another. "Haunted" began life as an instrumental on the 2002 compilation Exposure. "Halo" had been premiered in concert in 2003 as "Does God Bleed?", before being given a live DVD release in 2005, as had the title track.
Numan used more musicians on Jagged than on any of his releases for the past decade. The Sulpher team of Rob Holiday and Monti contributed to a number of tracks but, in the end, Numan took the finishing production touches out of their hands and completed the album with techno musician and DJ Ade Fenton. Guest performers included former Nine Inch Nails drummer Jerome Dillon, as well as Martin McCarrick from Therapy?, Siouxsie & the Banshees and other bands, and his wife Kimberlee. Long-time Numan collaborators Steve Harris, Richard Beasley and Andy Gray also played on the album.

Style

The opening song, "Pressure", featured Middle Eastern sounds coupled with lyrics that obliquely alluded to the impatience of fans for new product. Numan's vocal delivery on "Halo" recalled the dance-orientated style of his late-1980s work. "Haunted" utilised a guitar riff reminiscent of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir". "In a Dark Place", released as a single and video in July 2006, was one of a number of tracks which continued the (literal) questioning of God common to Numan's three previous albums, Sacrifice (1994), Exile (1997) and Pure. Another track debunking religious beliefs was "Melt", with the lines "I know that Heaven is a burnt out shell / I know forgiveness is the door to Hell / I know confession is a black empty lie".
A number of reviewers noted ephemeral links between Jagged and Numan's classic work from the late 1970s and early 1980s, though the composer himself claimed not to see such connections. The final/title track, as well as featuring harshly-whispered vocals in the style of Numan's minor 2002 hit "Rip", included in its coda an echo of the distinctive siren-like 'vox humana' Polymoog sound that characterised "Cars" and other songs on The Pleasure Principle (1979), and also appeared on Pures "A Prayer for the Unborn".

Track listing

  1. "Pressure" – 5:19
  2. "Fold" – 5:47
  3. "Halo" – 4:17
  4. "Slave" – 6:02
  5. "In A Dark Place" – 6:06
  6. "Haunted" – 5:31
  7. "Blind" – 7:01
  8. "Before You Hate It" – 5:14
  9. "Melt" – 5:18
  10. "Scanner" – 6:02
  11. "Jagged" – 5:27
  • All songs written by Gary Numan.

Personnel

Performance

  • Richard Beasley – drums
  • Jerome Dillon – drums
  • Ade Fenton – keyboards, drum and sound programming
  • Andy Gray – keyboards, programming
  • Steve Harris – guitars
  • Rob Holiday – guitar, bass
  • Kimberlee McCarrick – violin
  • Martin McCarrickcello
  • Monti – drums, keyboards, programming
  • Gary Numan – Vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Gordon Young – keyboards, programming, instrumentation

Production

  • Steve Gullick – photography
  • Gary Numan – producer, engineer, mixing engineer
  • Ade Fenton - producer
  • James O'Connell – engineer
  • Nick Watson – mastering

Notes

External links

jagged in Spanish: Jagged

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