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3.0 out of 5 stars this is what you want... this is what you get, 27 Jun 2012
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Like most i've been waiting twenty years for this PIL album. Every PiL release to date ive queued for, banging on the record store door (Yeah thats how old i am) on the day it came out. You never knew what you'd get, but it was always gloriously different (with the possible exception of 9).
So even at my age ever since this new material was mooted some of the old excitement began to resurface. Having seen the new line up a couple of times in recent years and with online previews the shape and sound of the record were no real suprise but I still wanted desperatley to be wowed and love it instantly......To have Lydon back recording, forget the celebrity nonsense and the overpriced coffe table books, but doing what he does best. Or did best. Because sadly this is simply not good enough.
The opening title track would be great as a 20 second intro, but as a 3 minute song it's cringeworthy. Large parts of the album are given to telling me who he is, the name of the band, where he's from, where they're from, where reggies from for christs sake!! you didnt need to explain yourself the first time round John you certainly dont need to to now. "I am from finsbury park and i am having a lark"? really? this from the master of acerbic wit? the tongue so sharp it could skewer at a hundred paces? the peoples poet??
The usual targets- american imperialism and political apathy- are dragged out to attack but those stretched, vibrato syallables really start to grate, elbowed in to fill every available slot.
This is not a bad album, its alright. but is that enough? "The room i am in" and "lollipop opera" are probably the real highlights, offering a glimmer of hope and some genuine originality which is surely the bedrock of PIL. But those aside there is too much waffle, incoherent mumbling about unimportant stuff. Yes it's better than most stuff out there at the moment and it's great to have PIL and John around but lets not give in to sycophancy, the least we are entitled to expect from PIL is boundry pushing music and attacking, lyrical poetry. THIS IS PIL offers only glimpses of either.
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Initial post: 9 Aug 2012 11:15:05 BDT
I was going to review this album myself. But because Ivanhoe has put it so succinctly................I wont. He's summed it up so successfully what this album is about - disappointment..... However not as downright terrifying as finding out the bassist has played with The Spice girls (Ouch)

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2012 17:51:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Sep 2012 17:53:00 BDT
Norm Oddity says:
You seem to be the only reviewer not ready to lap up anything Johnny does with a 5 star fanboy spread. I have a hard time even enjoying his voice anymore live. He can't cut it like the old PIL,Pistols stuff with his new high,nasally irritating vocals. Add a 'I'm the illustrious punk God and star vibe he carries onstage anymore which is completely against his old PIL philosophy about not trying to be above the audience.
I'm gonna go see him on tour when he comes through but I'm not getting my hopes too high.I know its gonna pale compared to the Metal Box tour I saw back in my younger days!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2013 20:40:39 GMT
Why is that terrifying. For one he is a damn fine bass player having seen him live. Second, when has Lydon EVER been tied to what people expect (he does like some pop music).
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