Dark thought this record is, it’s not depressing, and it doesn't bring you down. Cathartic maybe, listenable definitely. Loveable? Very probably.
It's interesting to contrast the two versions of Cars, the 2001 take being almost baroque in its rendition. Metal is also particularly kick-ass. (Can you call Numan kick-ass?)
"Only once did the mask slip, a moment when even he could not help but laugh at some rather inane guitar poses pulled by his “session musician bids for a chance of glory” axe-man. I'm not surprised he laughed, but it did come as a shock."