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on 24 January 2005
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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on 10 June 2015
The usual fantastic, amazing, weirdo and powerful music of the great PIL! I bought all the remasterized CDs and the sound is much better, clean and clear. And the New covers and internal parts in the case are just great! Amazing music with Johnny Lydon! More metal than other CDs.
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on 25 October 2003
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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on 1 September 2001
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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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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on 13 December 2000
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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on 9 August 2004
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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on 6 November 2001
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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on 14 July 2015
Excellent item very pleased with it thank you
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on 3 October 2012
Very pleased with fast and efficient service plus quality of used items and value for money. esque vous aves compris?
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