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Music: Gang of four - Content * * *

Published 21/01/2011 | 05:00

The success of Bloc Party, These New Puritans and innumerable others made it somewhat inevitable that Gang of Four -- the band all these pretenders ransacked most for inspiration -- would return with new material of their own.

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Falling into the Music Easier to Admire than Love category, this is the Leeds quartet's first album in 15 years. The group's blistering post-punk is undiminished by time, and Andy Gill remains a thrilling guitarist (he told me in an interview once that The Edge nicked his distinctive style).

They're as politicised as ever and several songs take aim at a sheepish, consumer-obsessed society. But the feeling of being talked down to is hard to ignore and there's the undeniable fact that many of their younger, post-punk-inspired peers are delivering this sort of music, but with greater vim and vigour.

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