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This review is from: Entertainment (Audio CD)Is there a less appealing musical term than `white funk'? The phrase conjures up any number of appalling possibilities, but that's exactly what `Entertainment!' is. And it's a fantastic album - perhaps the definitive post-punk LP.
Musically, `Entertainment!' melds elements of punk, funk, rock, and dub. The bass sound is much more prominent than in most `white' albums of the time to create a curiously uptight, precisely-drilled form of punk/funk - a long way from the seemingly loose-limbed sound of Black America patented by James Brown.
Lyrically, the album is fascinating. Could any other album give a critique on the Marxist concept of alienated labour (as `Entertainment!' does in `Natural's Not In It') and remain so listenable? And songs like `Love Like Anthrax' and `Damaged Goods' reject commonly accepted opinions of love, romance, and marriage - describing it as `a contract in our mutual interest'. Not true, but interesting nonetheless.
And, if you should buy one album on CD rather than via download, make sure it's this one: the artwork highlights a number of social assumptions that the band wish to challenge (sample: `the police act impartially to defend the rights of a minority group'). They don't state that these assumptions are wrong; just that they should be questioned. If only more LPs would give such credit to the intelligence of the listener.