Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Friday, December 16, 2011

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD / Album (1986)

aka: Compact Disc / aka: Cassette

PiL’s ‘pop’ album (not to be confused with the ‘crap’ album, that came later) is their most accessible and most forgiving for new listeners.  It's of course percussion based as always but less sparse and empty than before, it actually got airplay on the radio.  It’s essentially a John Lydon solo album because the usual PiL members were absent, replaced by session musicians and some guest performers (Ginger Baker, Steve Vai, Ryuichi Sakamoto and jazz drummer Tony Williams among others).  It’s pop but it's not because Lydon's voice could never be accused of fitting completely into that format.  It's vibrant, full of rousing anthems and is simply a classic 80's album.  If Steve Vai had been forbidden from wanking his guitar like he always does it'd have been a perfect 5 out of 5.

Songs of Note: Rise; FFF

 people who need people are the stupidest of people out of 5

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