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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dream Team
Lydon & McGeoch - pure genius. The best musician Lydon ever played with creates a sublime background for John's ever more desperate vocals. Simply a thing of great beauty and, whilst not quite matching the heights of Metal Box, this is worth five stars (Metal Box is worth six, at least).
Published on 24 Jan. 2005 by theredimp

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2.0 out of 5 stars BORING !!!!!
Last and final album for this glorious band.1992.I love their more ¨accessible ¨ period, that is to say, their latest albums like Happy ? but this one is dull, unimaginative, and sounds like it had been jammed in the studio, probably to fulfill contractual obligations ? Even guitar god John McGeoch seems to have run out of ideas on this one. All tracks sound alike, and...
Published on 12 Sept. 2006 by JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dream Team, 24 Jan. 2005
This review is from: That What Is Not (Audio CD)
Lydon & McGeoch - pure genius. The best musician Lydon ever played with creates a sublime background for John's ever more desperate vocals. Simply a thing of great beauty and, whilst not quite matching the heights of Metal Box, this is worth five stars (Metal Box is worth six, at least).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning End to P.I.L. Story, 25 Oct. 2003
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This review is from: That What Is Not (Audio CD)
After the experimental and improvisational albums of their early career 1992's "That What Is Not" could be considered a much more conventional outing. However, this series of heavy metal songs is far from ever being staid or boring! Guitarist John McGeoch's playing is second to none throughout, (listen to his glorious solos on "Emperor" and "Luck's Up" in particular.) Lydon's searing vocals are, as always, delivered with his usual lyrical inventiveness, making an album of thunderous power and intensity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Melodious hard rock explorations, 28 Oct. 2004
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: That What Is Not (Audio CD)
This album of powerful guitar driven music marked John Lydon's return in the 1990s. Lydon is assisted by John McGeoch, Alan Dias and Curt Bisquera. Acid Drops is a scorching slab of heavy metal, Lucks Up is similar, a farewell song to a drug abuser. The thrash metal vibe continues on Cruel and Covered, whilst Unfairground and Love Hope have a more eclectic mix that includes harmonica and psychedelic twists and turns. Lydon's piercing voice rides the sonic wave to impressive effect. Emperor is a frenzied throwback to his punk roots, Good Things is a type of retro electro with a funky rhythmic undertone and Think Tank has a catchy tune and almost singalong chorus. That What Is Not is a strong album of neo heavy metal, exploring various avenues of the genre. It also contains some great melodic songs with intelligent lyrics and Lydon's trademark caustic observations. This work is as good as anything he came up with in the previous two decades, including the Metal Box set and his work with Sex Pistols.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A superb album, but still room for improvement., 9 Aug. 2004
This review is from: That What Is Not (Audio CD)
This P.I.L. album is one of the more later ones it features there last hit single "Cruel".
It starts of with a classic "Acid drops" which in my opinion is the best song on the album other good songs are "Cruel" and "Think tank" which has a catchy riff.
Although there are some songs on which can bore you, but overall a great album, difinately worth a buy.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PIL's best-ever rock record, 1 Sept. 2001
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This is great. Lydon's howling vocals matched with an all-out guitar assault from John McGeoch. It may not be as 'different' as earlier PIL stuff (which is very hit and miss anyway) but it's still demented in many places and almost every song is fantastic. So there.
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2.0 out of 5 stars BORING !!!!!, 12 Sept. 2006
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JUAN MARTIN GABASTOU (Weston Hills, FL United States) - See all my reviews
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Last and final album for this glorious band.1992.I love their more ¨accessible ¨ period, that is to say, their latest albums like Happy ? but this one is dull, unimaginative, and sounds like it had been jammed in the studio, probably to fulfill contractual obligations ? Even guitar god John McGeoch seems to have run out of ideas on this one. All tracks sound alike, and the prime appeal of the band to me, John Lydon's voice, is insultingly low in the mix.Nevertheless, the sound is incredibly hi-fi .For completists ONLY.
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling clatrap!, 13 Dec. 2000
This review is from: That What Is Not (Audio CD)
This record is as limp and uninteresting an affair as possible. From the experimental heights of the all-time-classic Metal Box/Second Edition in 1979, this is a low in John Lydon's career-in-decline. The other musicians are completely anonymous, creating a bland, light-weight cheese-Metal type sound. Lydon's once menacing, entrancing vocals, are here, down to a pointless, shrieking contrivance. There are few attempts at lyrics as stark or heartfelt as "Careering" and the sublime "Poptones" from Metal Box. What we have are cliched nihilistic rants, directed vaguely; no targets are struck, no insight, no interest... The music as I have said, is dire and uninvolving. All in all, you get the feeling no effort has really went into making this record; it was made on auto-pilot by all concerned. If not, then I have to declare that all concerned are some of the most inept musicians of all time. Not recommended in the slightest.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A substandard album, 6 Nov. 2001
This review is from: That What Is Not (Audio CD)
A pale shadow of early PIL, this incarnation is far from the experimental genius of "Metal Box/Second Edition", and certainly a step down even from their more modest mid-80s efforts.
The music is unvaried, and grounded in an ill-advised, unsubtle rock style. Lydon's lyrics and vocals tend towards the tiresome here; the anger and bile ever more sounding an act.
I suppose you could say "Cruel" and "Good Things" are maybe the best tracks, but there are far from excellent; bogged down by the dull production and playing.
This album is quite a wearing listen, with songwriting quality at a bare minimum; not at all recommended really.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars that what is not, 3 Oct. 2012
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death To Boring Hippies!, 12 July 2008
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Mr. A. A. E. Bullock (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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A purely brilliant album from start to finish. If you call yourself a Punk and you don't own this album you're really just a boring sad hippie.
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