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This is C O N T E N T, the new album from Gang of Four. The album features 11 new ''What we strive for in all of our songs is to interpret the world in a way you haven't seen nor thought of before,'' says Andy who also produced the album. ''We feel you'll hear this in C O N T E N T. The tracks are simple: vocals, guitar, bass, drums. It is a tough, loud sound.''

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Disc: 1

  1. She Said "You Made a Thing of Me"
  2. You Don't Have to Be Mad
  3. Who Am I?
  4. I Can't Forget Your Lonely Face
  5. You'll Never Pay for the Farm
  6. I Party All the Time
  7. A Fruitfly in the Beehive
  8. It Was Never Gonna Turn Out Too Good
  9. Do as I Say
  10. I Can See from Far Away


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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B004C9P9L0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,262 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By robert aguilar on January 30, 2011
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Honestly, this isn't a bad album - especially, considering most new music is horrible these days and Jon King and Andy Gill are in their mid-50s. It met my expectations.

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.
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I'm a huge GO4 fan. After their last album, Return the Gift, I was so excited to imagine what they might produce next. Return the Gift reunited the original band line up (Gill, King, Allen and Burnham) to play their original 1980's songs. However, the band had another falling out (google "dave allen" interview for details) and Content ended up being recorded with only the main duo of Gill and King. That doesn't necessarily mean an awful album, but it has always meant a step down from their best (see the albums Hard, Mall and Shrinkwrapped for the second tier of Go4 material). Unfortunately, Content is just awful. Some of the music is good, but never really fresh and new. The lyrics are just bland.

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.
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In an era when a Democratic President acts more like a Republican than Richard Nixon, Gang of Four is just what we need. Revolutionary and rabid, Gang of Four made Marxism cool. Maybe they can bring some of that spirit forward into the 21st century. We sure could use their help!

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.
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You grow up. Maybe you advance to college. Perhaps you embrace parenthood - or perhaps you stick to your nihilistic guns and declare "there's enough people in the world, some happy, many not. I don't need to contribute." Perhaps you cling ferociously to the music you love, and then dig backward to previous decades and find more music. In parts of life, that would be me and it would be you. I think "Content" is for both of us.

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.
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ContentI must admit I was skeptical about how they would sound after all this time. But the minute I put it on the stereo it lunged out at me with real ferocity. No...it isn't as original as "Entertainment." And it doesn't have the tongue in cheek humor of "Songs of the Free" but damn if this isn't one of the best sounding records I've heard in a long time. And it fills my need for Art Marxist music that I guess I really needed right now. We all need to be reminded of how the fetishism of the commodity dehumanizes us every once and a while.

Highly recommended if you were ever a fan of this important band.
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