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Absolute Dissent
Absolute Dissent
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not 'what's THIS for...!', 24 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Absolute Dissent (Audio CD)
Reviews on this site caused me to spend my first coins on killing joke since 'firedances' way back when. An original fan, I lost interest shortly after Youth left amid the debacle re Iceland and Armageddon. But once a joker always a joker and with Youth back in the fold I decided to look into how they were shaping up and it's all good news.
the anger is still there and the sound is awesome though for me it has lost it's 'difference' to other bands. there are some very good songs on the album and I find them in my head when I'm not listening to them so that's always a good sign. but the funky, spacious sound they were so brilliant at when they began is gone. Its now a strong, almighty strong mass of noise that is pacier than most of the stuff before. there are hints of the good old days, 'absolute dissent ' is 'pssyche' all grown up with a chorous and there are hints of other past tunes all along the album. A hint of 'love like blood here' and a bit of 'dregs' there, but its a more metally, pacey sound than before almost the entire way through!! 'this world hell' doesn't sound like anything nice at all, but that's the point and they make it brilliantly!!
No bad thing. You have to evolve to survive and they have. endless rehashes of 'what's THIS for..!' would have become stale.
killer tracks 'absolute dissent' 'depthcarge' and the spacious dubby 'Ladbroke Grove' for me anyway. if like me you haven't swam with this lot for a while, don't just dip your toe in the water.....jump in, there's enough about this album to warrant a good few listens and it grows like a virus...well done killing joke!! well done indeed!!

The Best of Chic Vol.1: Megachic
The Best of Chic Vol.1: Megachic
Price: £7.41

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5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the best of chic, 26 Oct. 2010
Chic's problem in the UK was their cheerfulness when the country was gripped in recession and decline. the UK's punk and new wave catalogued the era perfectly whereas Chic's jubilant singing of 'Good Times' rang hollow on these shores for many while the 'yowsah, yowsah' chant just took the ridiculous to the sublime.
What a sad injustice for this phenomenally talented band. Whereas many 'greatest hits' CD's feature one or two hits and then a long list of follow ups that sank without trace, Chic's album though only 7 tracks shows how they constantly hit the nail on the head. For a novice bass player like myself there is enough of Mr Edwards phenomenal work on this to keep me firmly in my place whether the fat line from 'Good times' or the finger crazy changes of 'Everybody Dance'. The dancey feel of the choppy guitar from Mr Rodgers perfectly popping in and out alongside the basslines
Perfect seventies disco in all it's forms, from the slow rythmic stomp of 'chic cheer' through the glorious harmonies on 'i want your love' through to probably their biggest and well known hit 'Le freak'. Chic redefined disco in the seventies,appearing as a buisness minded armani clad unit bringing cool funky tunes to the New York streets,and thier work is sampled to death even now over 30 years later. their most sampled piece. The bass line for 'Good Times', was apparentley born on a night when Mr Edwards had been refused entry to the famous Studio 54 and went home to drink champagne. What a shame he wasn't refused entry more often.
So I surmise, at a time when the UK was moaning musically at their political , Chic in the US were taking a much different view of things. 'We want the best...........we won't settle for less!' A fantastic album showcasing all of chic's best work, for fans and new ears alike.

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