Album: Gang of Four, Content (Grönland)
Friday 21 January 2011
Like some hibernating agit-prop agency awakening to meet the needs of these hard times, Gang of Four are in typically brusque form on their first new material for 16 years.
"We got narcotised/ Believed in nursery rhymes", sings Jon King on "She Said 'You Made a Thing of Me'", which opens the album with one of Andy Gill's trademark juddering guitar riffs. The themes of deception and objectification are spread wider in songs such as "You Don't Have to be Mad", where the terminology of power is slashed to ribbons by razoring funk-rock, and "Who Am I?", in which loss of value equates to loss of personality: "Who can steal when everything is free? Who am I when everything is me?". Elsewhere, the shame of failure is anatomised in "It Was Never Gonna Turn Out Too Good" – but this is one comeback that's turned out far better than expected.
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