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4.0 out of 5 stars
More noise pollution. Better than the Vile Evils, 5 Oct 2011
As other reviewers have pointed out, this lineup only contains Graham from the original PWEI lineups, and it was with some trepidation that I listened to this, as much of the vile evils output had been disappointing.
Although most of the material is familiar from the past few years, it does sound more authentically PWEI, very much in the Dos Dedos mode, with more punch than the earlier Vile Evils versions. Unlike 1 other reviewer I particularly like the closing 'Wasted (Reprise)' which does end the album on a downer in a similar manner to 'Babylon' on their last studio album.
All in all it's probably about as good a return as could be hoped for given that the other original members are otherwise engaged. Still a listen to the Sonic Noise Byte download available from PWEINation a few years back gives an idea of what this might have been had they all been able to stay involved. Then it really would have been a 5* reunion.
Let's just hope that the live shows later this month kick some...
*** Update 14 October ***
Having enjoyed listening to the album a number of times, I gave Vive Le Vile Evil some more listens, and actually I found myself liking the Vile Evils versions a lot more than I remembered. Perhaps my comment about about their material being disappointing was more of a reflection of when I saw them live supporting John Foxx in Brighton a few years back, when they weren't very good at all.
Looking forward to seeing them next week.