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Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and influential bands of all time PiL's music and vision earned them 5 UK Top 20 Singles and 5 UK Top 20 Albums. With a shifting line-up and unique sound John Lydon guided the band from their debut album First Issue in 1978 through to 1992's That What Is Not, before a 17 year hiatus. John then resurrected PiL in 2009 playing live worldwide. Now after 20 years yet another new and unique chapter is set to unfold in the shape of new PiL material. This Is PiL will contain 12 new tracks and is self-funded by PiL and will be released on PiL's own label 'PiL Official' John Lydon talks about This Is PiL: ''Well, 12 songs, where do I begin? Everything and anything that attracts my attention. 'One Drop' is about my early youth in Finsbury Park. Fantastic! Hello, we're all teenagers don't you forget it! At any age, stay young. 'Lollipop Opera' is basically a beautiful bunch of background noise and music to sum up Britain and all its wonderful ambidextrous-ness! 'The Room I Am In' well that's about drugs and council flats. And there's a tragedy that still continues. 'I Must Be Dreaming' Well, you know, I must be to put up with these governments.''

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  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: PiL Official
  • ASIN: B007TDK1UK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By D. Borkowski on May 29, 2012
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This is an awesome record! Its got that droning bass back that was gone from PIL's last 3-4 records. Lyrically Lydon is on top of his game, but then he never really wrote crappy songs as far as lyrics are concerned.
The album opens up with "This is PIL". essentially it's just Lydon saying over and over in 3 different ways "hey...PIL's back!" and it suits him just well, he has always had a loud mouth so telling us his projects back in this manner is a fitting introduction track. The next track is One Drop which I'm sure all PIL fans have heard by now either via radio, download or Youtube. Deeper water is sung with a sort of stream of consciousness style. The next 2 tracks are typical Post Punk rock songs, Terra-Gate being much quicker paced and more energetic and Human having a catchy quirkiness to it, really nice guitar on the latter's track. I Must Be Dreaming has a more relaxed and funky feel to it, really chill song. It Said That is very spacey, as far as sound is concerned, and an awesome chorus, has a very southern eurpoean flavor to it (it sound like its from another song I just cannot place my finger on at the moment). The Room I am In is very gothic rockish in style, kinda like something you would expect to hear from Peter Murphy or Bauhaus, very personal lyrics with an eastern feel to them. Lollipop Opera is an experimental track, even for PIL's standards, lots of electronics in here, it's a standout track on the record. Fools is very straight forward, nothing really special, a typical PIL track, imo the least interesting on the record, but still not a bad song by any means. Reggie Song is an upbeat song, another rocker, very similar to something you would hear off of "Happy?" in fact. The final track, Out of The Woods, is another great song, probly my favorite off the entire record.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Cory Foster on May 29, 2012
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That's right, PiL is back and after 20 years have created a product of real beauty. I've been listening over and over again and am constantly struck by how great it is. There's lots of influences on display here but the most important thing is the sense of experimentalism that's come back into the group after the conventional (but still good) last three albums. This sounds a lot more like something that would have been produced by the band if they had followed a more natural evolution of songwriting after Flowers of Romance. Obviously, not the same members (when has it ever been?), but the band is 2/3 Pil vets (Lu Edmonds and Bruce Smith) so it's mostly still in the family. HIGHLY recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 30, 2012
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Talk about a well timed comeback! John Lydon's Public Image Ltd. told the rest of his story after the enevitable breakup of The Sex Pistols. He really saw punk evolve,as well as helping that evolution along with his own. Always helps to grow into your inner conflict with society. Than in 1992 grunge came in and red hot rage was back full force. So Lydon decided to take a break from the whole thing for awhile and pursue other interests. A few years ago he bought the band back together for a few live dates. With a rock world that (let's be honest here) more or less thrived on some variation of alternative/grunge rock for a decade or so,there's become again a conscious need to move towards something mildly more expansive. A genuine "alternative". So this album actually takes some cues from what the band missed out on during it's sleeper years,even when Lydon himself made his lone solo album and have come back at a socially confusing time when their probably pretty needed.

From start to finish this album is a rhythmically,melodicallyand instrumentally sonic adventure. There's plenty of that punk guitar bubbling up from below but it stays there,with none of the songs turning into the cliched noise fest. Some of the lyrics are just chants,others say quite a lot. The title song that opens the album,much as with "One Drop","Deeper Water" and "Terra Gate" are the more rockier numbers and get the ball rolling with a lot of commentary on non conformity. "Human" is a stripped down,lightly electronic dance-rock tune that is more of a lyrically reflective version of what No Doubt did a decade ago on occasion.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BONES on June 15, 2012
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After all the gushing reviews, I had high expectations of this album and I have to say I don't think it comes close to living up to the hype. Don't get me wrong, it is a solid effort and if you liked any of their later 1980s albums, you are sure to like this.

I bought the single and I thought the first two tracks were good but the 3rd and 4th seemed like B-side material, so I was a little disappointed to see all four on the album, although there are 12 songs overall, so it is easy to think of the other two songs as bonus tracks, I suppose.

If I had to compare it to PiL's other work, I'd say it is probably most like 9, with less synths and a slightly more dub-like feel to the rhythms, although nothing more than a faint echo of the Jah Wobble era stuff. The guitar work is straight from Happy? or 9, so even though John McGeoch is no longer with us his influence endures (which is a good thing). Needless to say, Lydon is Lydon and he delivers just want you'd expect, although his voice is sounding a little ragged around the edges these days. My favourite cut is probably Deeper Water but the album is generally quite consistent and One Drop, the single, is also good.

Overall I think this album is pretty good and it is great to have PiL back. It is probably as good as 9 or Happy? but I was probably hoping for something a little more full-on, which this definitely is not.
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