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5.0 out of 5 stars This IS PIL
for a long time fans have wondered what would PIL have sounded like if the original line up had continued working together- Yin & Yang is your answer
A mixed bag of tracks that are exciting & challenging- FORGET X Factor - this is what real musicians sound like when they are working well together
Yin & Yang is the opening track, hardcore lyrics, great melody &...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Without quiet, you cannot have loud.
When I got the opportunity to buy this album, I jumped at the chance. To hear Jah Wobble work again with Keith Levene has been a long overdue treat. So I arrived home from work to find it sitting on the doormat waiting to be played. With an oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer monitoring it, as well as my ears, I played it.

And this is where the disappointment...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This IS PIL, 20 Nov 2012
This review is from: Yin & Yang (Audio CD)
for a long time fans have wondered what would PIL have sounded like if the original line up had continued working together- Yin & Yang is your answer
A mixed bag of tracks that are exciting & challenging- FORGET X Factor - this is what real musicians sound like when they are working well together
Yin & Yang is the opening track, hardcore lyrics, great melody & wonderful guitar work
Strut is a great instrumental track to jam along to
Jags & Staffs is the Geezer's track- 9 minutes of musical ecstasy, everytime I listen to these tracks I think of Public Image Ltd at their best but the album is so much more than a PIL album (if not in name, definitely in its feel)
Mississipi is a track to play whilst driving in ya car in the sun, a happy, easy listening tune
Within You Without You is a very floaty (dare I say it, hippy, drug chilled tune)
Back on the Block is an instrumental that could have come from the Metal Box era- one of the greatet albums ever made in my opinion
Fluid is an example of what Wobble has been doing over the last decade- Dub, with a decent bit of brass to add a different level to his work
Vampires is an interesting sound, IT's NOT a reworking of the bootleg track that has done the rounds down the years- it changes the mood of the album, just when you think you know how the rest will sound, this one sits you back up paying attention, not letting you fall into a Dub stupor
Understand could be the single release of the album, a reggae feel with a great vocal performance by Nathan Maverick
then the album finishes off with Understand Dub- says it all really!
Overall this is an interesting album, very well worked & put together- not predictable & certainly different to what other artists are putting out- grab a copy, it's worth every single penny. Wobble & Levene are legends- this proves it
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twin Peaks!, 20 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Yin & Yang (Audio CD)
It's a shame that the release of Yin & Yang has followed the first PiL album in yonks. The only connection is what happened 30 years ago. Did Wobble consciously seek out his out sparring partner on Metal Box after shunning a reunion tour with Lydon? Maybe - but the overriding feeling of Yin & Yang is one of a magical partnership reunited, regardless of the ego-ridden political landscape around it.

For Wobble, this must be his 30th album in half as many years. Few can claim to have played every one - fewer still will have heard a Jah Wobble album so dominated by guitars. While Keith's off-kilter, otherworldly six-strung tension is a welcome highlight, this feels undeniably like the latest "Wobble + friend" project (after plast year's Psychic Life album with LoneLady). JW's long-held love for Miles Davis is evident while 'Jags & Staffs' might just be his magnum opus, an ode to the passing of certain type of working class London. On this and explosive title track, a collision of expletives, beats and a 'Hey Jude'-ish chorus, Wobble sounds more abrasive, somehow more honest, than ever before.

A couple of taut, spidery instrumentals ('Strut', 'Fluid') should thrill fans of Metal Box; at the opposite end of the spectrum, 'Mississippi' is a lazy, loping, bluesy thing which ambles along like a golden retriever on a summer's afternoon, and 'Within You Without You' is a surprising twist on The Beatles' song. Ten tracks, then, and maybe short on a song or two, but Yin & Yang feels like two old friends stretching out, feeling for those intangible qualities which made early PiL so exciting. In places, I do believe they found them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yea! Wobble and Levene!, 19 Nov 2012
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This review is from: Yin & Yang (Audio CD)
Much like the return of John Lydon and his version of PiL this year, another long-awaited collaboration was/is Jah Wobble and Keith Levene. While not revelatory, it does not disappoint... really good in fact. Well, actually it does on one level: four of the ten tracks are the same as on the already released EP. Therefore, there are only six new tracks here. Based on that, I gave this 4-stars. If it weren't for the duplicative material on EP, it would be 5-stars. That said, any new material from one of the best bassists and best guitarists of all time is certainly welcomed.

Yin & Yang sounds nothing like PiL. It doesn't sound a lot like either of the collaborators' solo material either. How could it? It's Wobble and Levene together with the former laying down his thunderous 30 hertz baselines and the latter's familiar rambling guitar work on top of it. Lyrically, the title track is a bit shocking at first, but after a few plays it is actually part of its charm. The strength of this album certainly makes one hope that there will be future collaborations. That is not to say Wobble's solo work is bettered by this, but together Wobble and Levene certainly make truly valid and important music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars stark and warm, yin and yang, 18 Nov 2012
This review is from: Yin & Yang (Audio CD)
The opening track 'Yin and Yang' throws down a challenge; Is that allowed?!!, to have a song called Yin and Yang with swearing in it?, even the 'c' word?, I thought yin and yang was just for hippies, but hang on whats this? angelic harmonies?. So from the off Wobble and Levene are back, breaking musical rules and shattering our expectations. Proving that, even this far into their careers, they can be so original and so far from what everyone else is doing that they are actually covering new territory.
I think what is most impressive here is that the song structures allow both Wobble and Levene to take you off into untrodden territory and, accompanied by Marc Layton-Bennett's fantastic beats to keep you on track, you never feel lost.
'Jags and Staffs' is really experimental and coming in at 9.32 is an epic adventure into a stark dark world of ...Essex?!!! then next up is a sing along melodic 'Mississippi' which is much more conventional in song structure, then comes a cover of the Beatles 'Within you without you' which adds something to the original in terms of reclaiming it for a new generation with a hypnotic wobble B line and a Levene interpretation which fractures the original sitar parts into a choas of cascading riffs.
'Back on the Block'connects you to the second part of the album with a driving B line, then 'Fluid' brings in some Jazz elements in to the mix aided by Sean Corby's Trumpet and Flugel Horn - creating a splittered Jazz Punk Dub!!!
This runs into Vampires featuring a vocal from Little Annie and some D&B rhythms and at 1.30 leaves you wanting more but then this merges into 'Understand' with a great vocal from Nathan Maverick and its sister track 'Understand dub' ending the album on a high and enticing you to play the whole experience again.

yin and yang is a perfect title for this collection of contradictions...so nice you need to play it twice!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Without quiet, you cannot have loud., 15 May 2013
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When I got the opportunity to buy this album, I jumped at the chance. To hear Jah Wobble work again with Keith Levene has been a long overdue treat. So I arrived home from work to find it sitting on the doormat waiting to be played. With an oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer monitoring it, as well as my ears, I played it.

And this is where the disappointment began.

Once again, all too common in the music industry these days, dynamic range compression has been over used. This leaves the whole of the album sounding like it is playing in a cheap FM radio turned up too high. The audio on the CD is driven into clipping in places, especially when the drums are hit. This makes the whole album a pain to listen to.

And it gets worse, 'Understand' has a deep low-pass rolloff at 15 kHz. This is the tell-tale signs of the track actually being an mp3!

With 60 odd years worth of experience between Jah Wobble, 30 Hz Records and Cherry Red Records, you would think they would produce an album of higher quality than this.

Overall, I am deeply disappointed. On the other hand, This is PiL, John Lydon's new album in twenty odd years is mastered to a very high standard. Go and buy that instead.
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