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A Truly Seminal Album for Our Times and All Time
on 25 January 2005
Twenty-seven years on and TRB's POWER IN THE DARKNESS remains an album of astonishing power and impact. Hearing it in 1977 was a joy - assured, stirring, grown-up rock that helped to politicise an entire generation of teenagers. Hearing it again, expanded to include the first two single releases, plus live tracks and the haunting remix of the title track, is possibly a more stirring experience than ever - not because of any sense of nostalgia for the punk barricades, but because it is a startling reminder of the timidity of so much of today's mainstream pop and rock. Remember, TRB had HITS, and managed to sing about politics, personal issues and revolution at the same time. The music: blistering guitars and a rhythm section at full tilt; the voice: angry, passionate, utterly committed; the lyrics: courageous, incisive, provocative, witty. A masterpiece.