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Album Review

Punk-funk awkward squad on vital form.

Despite being one of the least likely bands to hit the comeback trail, Gang Of Four have handled their return with typical intelligence and style, first proving that the fire still burned on 2005’s Return The Gift re-recordings set and now fulfilling all expectations on this, the post-punk crew’s sixth studio album.

As ever, the key to the Gang’s renewed potency lies in the combination of Andy Gill’s ageless, percussive guitar playing and vocalist Jon King’s poetic rhetoric, and the first few seconds of fidgeting agit-funk opener She Said should be enough to delight die-hards craving the electrified thump of the band’s first three albums. 

In fact, the pulsing, prickly likes of Never Pay For The Farm and Do As I Say amount to an inspired combination of past and present; the quartet’s trademark sound benefiting from contemporary sonic sparkle and just a hint of knowing restraint. For once, a reunion with bite.

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