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Thursday, November 21, 2013

KILLING JOKE / Extremities, Dirt and Various Repressed Emotions (1990)

Drummer extraordinaire Martin Atkins (PiL) joined the existing trio of Jaz Coleman, Geordie Walker and Paul Raven for this 9th album that thankfully washed away the awful memory of Outside the Gate (1988).  It was a return to the heavier side of the Joke, taking a slightly evolved form of the early riffage and putting more emphasis on the industrial side of things, all the while keeping the melodies and madness that underpinned much of that early work.
Taken on its own merits it's a decent album from the era that will please fans but unlikely win many new ones.  From the other perspective, judged alongside past Joke albums, it would fit on the Not-Their-Best-but-Not-Their-Worst shelf.

Songs of Note: Money is Not Our GodAge of Greed

3 painful, painful truths out of 5

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