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Unfinished - could of benefited from better sequencing,
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This review is from: This Is PiL CD + DVD Ltd edition (Audio CD)
"Lucky you" are the first words that come belching out of Lydon's gob on This Is PiL a track that can either be enjoyable or annoying at the same time it basically consists of "This is PiL, This is a PiL loading zone" over and again. The heavy repetition of lyrics is also prevalent on 'One Drop' and "Terra Gate" especially. The repetition of the same lyric over and over is something of a Lydon trademark from their first album on, twisting the same phrases over and over again all the vile and venom being ringed out of each word (i.e. Religion from their first album.
The lyrics on these early tracks seem to lack any real social comment or anger even Lydons voice moves in and out of the music which seems undermixed and doesn't really jump out at you. The bass is especially not present which is a little disappointing considering the bass of Jah Wobble was the signature sound of PiL. Feeling underwhelmed after one drop it moves into Deeper Water which is a pleasant track once again nothing really remarkable about this one either.
Things start to pick up on 'Human' and 'I must be dreaming' which is almost dub like and very welcome so far. The real meat on this album comes when 'It said that' and the 'room i am in' starts both experimental tracks the latter being a spoken word track which something like early PiL. After that is the 'Lollipop Opera' which is a dance beat over almost what could be considered a rhyming game Lydon's lyrics start to sting like they used to (almost). "Fool" starts after that which is a nice blues ballad which kind of feels out of place it's almost like a breather after the hyperactive lollipop opera.
The best part of this album comes in the last two tracks, the psychedelic 'Reggie Song' and 'Out Of The Woods' which really cooks over a long jam highlights include double tracked Lydon really belting it halfway through.
This is a very loose unfinished sounding record which is made up of really half hearted pop-ish tracks in the first half but takes a turn for the better on Human onwards. The music seems really under mixed and muddy which really hurts the album. Maybe a better track sequence would help the album or just more time spent working on the tracks (especially Deeper Water which goes nowhere for six minutes similar to One Drop and Terra Gate. The final word from me is that it's been a very long time since a new PiL album and a new PiL album is better than no PiL album, without the vitriol of Lydon some of the humour of PiL shines through which is a different thing to hear from them. It's a very long wait for a new album - Heres hoping this is a warm up for the next one which hopefully happens in the next few years and not on Lydon's 70th birthday.
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Initial post: 27 Dec 2013 20:38:54 GMT
Mr Lumberjack says:
Some valid points but did you know the band wanted a more 'live' feel in production and the second track is actually a social comment (not that Lydon is renowned for that, he often writes about more 'personal' aspects) - check out Lydon's remarks about 'one drop'.
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