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That said, i really wanted to vent about amazon. I pre-ordered this cd and received it yesterday. I see it on the site today for nearly half as much. What is deal with that? I guess i should not pre-order anymore if the price is going to drop markedly just days after release. I suppose i could return mine and order a new one? Or just return it since i ripped it anyway. However, i am lazy so i probably wont.
The biggest part of my love of Go4 is their questioning of the everyday. The second is the fresh new way they composed their music. Content has neither. I would strongly suggest that Go4 fans just listen to Return the Gift again and avoid this disappointment.
Make no mistake, musically it's all here: Jangley guitars, absurd tempos, bizarre timings, revolutionary lyrics. Oh yeah, and some kick-ass rock-n-roll! One of the most important rebel revolutionary bands to emerge from the post-punk era, they rank a close second to the Clash as a band that really MATTERS. They didn't just want you to dance. They wanted you to think. And act.
Now aged punks will no doubt mumble "sell out" and "cop out" when confronted with this more polished effort. "It's no Entertainment" they will murmer as they set their iPods to replay this music over and over and over. Content is a GOF in the 21st century. Subversive and loud, but polished and competent, Content propels GOF ahead.
Unlike the recent disappointing Killing Joke effort Absolute Dissent, Content is a must-own.
I view a new proper Gang of Four release as a true occasion - it was a bad year for my idols - Morrissey's "Years of Refusal" was just OK, and the musical climate has shifted me closer to the over-30 "don't know what's hip or going on and I don't care" bracket. This CD is just what I longed for - "Content" is wonderful, from start to finish.
I think it was the still-valid Mojo magazine that accused the band of sounding "self-consciously like the the Gang of Four." Guilty as charged and no criticism. Self-conscious sounds of "Who Am I?" and "Do As I Say" will lift us all. The rhythm section is great - no drum-machines like what held "Mall back, and the beats compliment every word King sings and every shard Gill gives.
Jon King's vocals are amazingly preserved - he really has lost little over the years. Time is on no one's side and with the voice that King has saved, let's pitch money for another quick album.
One of the beautiful things about Gang of Four is that even the most memorable aggressive line is a riddle - not a zen or a koan, but a simple phrase that is not a Clash declamation but rather a reflective statement. "I was good at what I did" - can't get more personal than that.Read more ›
Highly recommended if you were ever a fan of this important band.
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The Gang of Four are true post punk revolutionaries’ and their current work will retain the faithful and inspire... Read more
pretty damned good for a bunch of old timers-- better than the Magazine album.Published 24 months ago by eighteyedspy
Go4 back with what most of this world is short of...Content...this album is solid...great addition to their library of work...if You don't own them all...You are missing out!Published on May 11, 2011 by jam
THE GANG OF FOUR ARE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE !! Content is back to their roots , and they play like they never left . Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by lenny bruce
On first listen, my summary was that it was better than Mall but not as good as Shrinkwrapped (I think Shrinkwrapped is one of their best). Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by BONES
I stopped listening to Gang of Four around the time "Songs of the Free" came out. I remember that album was stripped of all intensity and replaced by background soul singers and a... Read morePublished on February 11, 2011 by Frazzle
Excellent return to form for G of F. More importantly, they are on tour and they are outstanding live. Don't miss them if they are coming to your city. Andy Gill is brilliant. Read morePublished on February 7, 2011 by R.P.M.
Measuring "Content" against 90% of what is being offered by 3rd generation new wave-recylers and neophytes, this one is the real deal. Rock solid, up there with the new Wire. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by ERNST-NORBERT KURTH