Public Image Limited- Happy?
Public Image Limited had by now moved away from the more experimental music they did during the Wobble/Levene era. They have now settled for a more guitar orientated dance/rock style with synths inside as well. PiL however did not make a bad album.
John McGeogh's Guitar is heard through out and is played skill fully along with Lu Edmonds Guitar and Keyboards. Allan Diaz Bass is still heard a lot and isn't a background noise like most, John Lydon's vocals are good and are beginning to sound like he is now but are still good and sings authortive in Hard Times and is serious, while in The Body he sings in a deep almost funny voice and the lyrics talk about abortion but in a less serious way than the Sex Pistols Bodies, the female backing sing less in this album than in their next album but are still great at backing up John Lydon. Bruce Smith does some great Drum work and they sound like electronic drums (not drum machine) again showing their change of direction. The song Seattle deserves its place as first. Its Bassline is better than Metal Boxes Dub influenced sounds and sounds more rock which is better. Lu and Johns guitar work are letting out rhythems at the same speed as each other and work well with the bass. Hard Times, in my opinion is the best song on the album and should have been released as a single as well as The Body and Seattle. Lu Edmonds uses his instrument (don't know what its called) well as the lead instrument and its sound from beginning to end is almost the same. Allan's Bass is still dominant and works well with the other instruments. John McGeogh does a great solo in the middle and end of the song and sounds almost synthy along with the keyboards. John Lydon sings serious and melodic (in a way) and Bruce does his thing.
The rest of the songs are also great and Rules and Regulations the second song points the direction they will take in their next album 9.
What do I give it?
5/5 Better than Metal Box.
Rules and Regulations.......4:32
Open and Revolving.......4:01
Fat Chance Hotel.......7:03