The challenge for This is PiL – aka the album that butter built – is, first and foremost, to avoid disgracing the back catalogue.
Impressively, Lydon & co meet that challenge with ease. With a lyric that runs "We come from chaos/ You cannot change us/ We are the ageless/ We are teenagers", it's clear that PiL 2012 are true to the blueprint of PiL 1978: reggae bass, abrasive guitars and hectoring vocals. An unexpectedly enjoyable late addition to a formidable body of work.
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