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Monday 11 December 2017

Music: Gang of four - Content * * *

John Meagher

John Meagher

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.

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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