antiMusic Logo
Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Feeds
spacer
Comeback Special: Public Image Ltd- Susanna Hoffs- The Blasters

by Kevin Wierzbicki

.
Public Image Ltd
This is PiL

PiL Official

It's been a long time since Johnny has been Rotten and if he keeps putting out records like this one John Lydon may just have to take on a nickname like Johnny Amazing. Lydon's fairly recent work with the Sex Pistols was undoubtedly performed just for the money but here, with the first PiL release in 20 years, Lydon demonstrates that he's still an artistic force to be reckoned with. The album starts with "This is PiL" which lyrically features nothing more than Lydon shouting out the song title and a few self-congratulatory welcome backs but the name-checking is set to a languid bass line and vaguely Middle Eastern melody that gives the song an immense hook. "One Drop" is a vibrantly-performed example of the one-drop style of reggae but the song, with its lyric referring to individuals as but "one drop in the ocean" hints at the feeling of worthlessness found in Lydon's Sex Pistols output. "Deeper Water" sounds like a Clash/Police mash-up and the rhythm of "Human" also echoes the Police. But nothing here is blatantly derivative and Lydon's singing, delightfully littered with elongated syllables and rolling R's, waxes both familiar and fresh. "Lollipop Opera" is the album's obligatory nonsensical offering but even it is infused with the funky grooves that PiL thrives on. This is PiL is the kind of album that gives the phrase "worth the wait" real gravitas and there's little room for argument that it represents Lydon's finest work ever.

Susanna Hoffs
Someday

Baroque Folk

The songs that Hoffs took lead vocals on for last year's Bangles comeback album Sweetheart of the Sun were among the most interesting on that offering even though they failed to generate the excitement of early Bangles hits. This solo set, produced by jangle pop specialist Mitchell Froom, unfortunately continues that trend. Concentrating on airy melodies with '60s-style arrangements Froom and Hoffs have definitely come up with a nice showcase for her sweet voice and if that's all you're interested in then this album is for you. If you want to hear Bangles-style power pop, something Hoffs is clearly still capable of should she choose, then look elsewhere.

The Blasters
Fun on Saturday Night

Rip Cat

The musicianship of the highly-respected Blasters has never been in doubt and the band's Phil Alvin has indicated that this record was cut primarily so that the guys have something to sell while on tour. In that sense, with no expectation of placing singles on the charts or such, Fun on Saturday Night is not a comeback album in the true sense. It is, however, the band's first studio effort in seven years and full of strong cuts like an extra-sassy cover of the Johnny Cash classic "Jackson" with Exene Cervenka of X handling the female vocals, the Elvis-echoing "Breath of My Love" and the straight-up blues of "No More Nights by Myself." He's no longer in the band but the Blasters honor original member Dave Alvin here with an updated version of his "Maria Maria." Definitely good fun, Saturday or any other night.


Share this article

.



advertisement
advertisement

.
News Reports
.

Day in Rock:
Deep Purple's Ian Paice Recovering From Stroke- Blink-182 Documentary Goes Online- Steven Tyler Reveals 'We're All Somebody From Somewhere'- Metallica's Lars Ulrich- more

Beyond Rock: Calvin Harris' Camp Denies Taylor Swift Instagram Comments- One Direction's Harry Styles Inks Solo Deal- Selena Gomez is Almost Done With New Album- Florida Georgia Line- more

Led Zeppelin Win Stairway To Heaven Trial- Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour Kick Off Show Video Goes Online- Blink-182 Streaming New Song 'No Future'- Bring Me The Horizon- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock


advertisement

.
Rock News Stories
Deep Purple's Ian Paice Recovering From Stroke

Blink-182 Documentary Goes Online

Steven Tyler Reveals 'We're All Somebody From Somewhere'

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Shares His Radio Dreams

P-Funk's Bernie Worrell Dead At 72

Slipknot and Limp Bizkit Star Form Lethal Wilson

Motorhead Day Coming To London

Soilwork Streaming New Song 'Helsinki'

Lynyrd Skynyrd Movie Being Developed By Artimus Pyle

Crobot Stream New Single 'Not For Sale'

Tim 'Ripper' Owens Denied Entry Into The U.K.

ZZ Top Pay Tribute To Bill Ham

The Bronx Part Ways With Jorma Vik

Evergrey Announce New Album 'The Storm Within'

Byzantine Release 'Justinian Code' Video

Tank Release 'Make A Little Time' Video

Led Zeppelin Win Stairway To Heaven Trial

Guns N' Roses Reunion Tour Kick Off Show Video Goes Online

Blink-182 Streaming New Song 'No Future'

Bring Me The Horizon Release 'Avalanche' Video

Jeff Beck Streams New Song 'Live In The Dark'

Iggy Pop Hints At Retirement From Music

Memphis Horns Icon Wayne Jackson Dead At 74

Tesla Announce Mechanical Resonance Live!

The Eagles and James Taylor Lead 2016 Kennedy Center Honorees

HBO Cancel Mick Jagger Executive-Produced Series Vinyl

Blackfoot Announce First Album In 22 Years 'Southern Native', Stream Song

Young Guns Announce New Album 'Echoes'

Other Music News Stories
Calvin Harris' Camp Denies Taylor Swift Instagram Comments

One Direction's Harry Styles Inks Solo Deal

Selena Gomez is Almost Done With New Album

Florida Georgia Line Announce New Album 'Dig Your Roots'

Kelly Clarkson Announces New 'Soulful Album' and Free Downloads

Gucci Mane Reveals New Track 'All My Children'

Rihanna On 'Star Trek Beyond' Soundtrack?

Megadeth's Dave Ellefson Releases Kenya Thrash Coffee

Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe On Being Political

Steven Tyler's Today Show Appearance Goes Online

Cult Of Luna Announce Damnation Festival Appearance

Metallica Supportive Of Robert Trujillo's Side Projects

RZA Plans To Release An Atari-Themed Album

Calvin Harris and Dizzee Rascal Preview New Track 'Hype'

Future and DJ Esco Release New Project E.T. Mixtape

Jeezy Releases 'Magic City Monday' Featuring 2 Chainz and Future

The Head and the Heart On Their Unexpected Role in 'Roadies'

Kevin Gates Releases Jam' Video

Dave Grohl Saved By Taylor Swift At Paul McCartney's House

Tom DeLonge Inserted Into Blink-182's New Video By Fan

Fall Out Boy Stream Their Version Ghostbusters Theme Song

Imagine Dragons 'Sucker for Pain' Video Ft. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa

50 Cent and Chris Brown Release 'No Romeo No Juliet' Video

Alice In Chains Ponder Post Guns N' Roses Tour Plans

Twisted Sister Release You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll Live Video

Five Finger Death Punch Made Major Changes To Help Moody's Battle

Randy Bachman Wrote 'American Woman' On Stage

FOES Release 'The Everest' Music Video

Reviews
All Recent Reviews and Interviews

Road Trip: Swaziland's Bushfire Music Festival Part 1

The Blues: Walter Trout - Alive in Amsterdam

Quick Flicks: Johnny Winter With Dr. John - Live in Sweden 1987

Get To Know... Madysin Hatter

RockPile: Bun E. Carlos- Crown Jwlz- The Last Ditches

Jack Hues and the Quartet - Collaborations Vol. 3: A Thesis on the Ballad

Beninghove's Hangmen - Pineapples and Ashtrays

Motorhead - Clean Your Clock

Turning Virtue - A Temporary Human Experience

TBT: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Live 2006

Post Death Soundtrack - The Unlearning Curve

Rock Reads: Aliens Among Us: Exploring Past and Present

RockPile: Prog Edition (Asia, Security Project, The Raptor Trail)

Abominable Putridity - The Anomalies of Artificial Origin

Jean Michel Jarre - Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise

Rock Reads: Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements

MorleyView Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane)

Red Tide Rising - Voices

Denner Shermann - Satan's Tomb

The Blues: Blind Lemon Peel Blues All-Stars - Don't Tear My Clothes

Steve Porcaro - Someday/Somehow

Kiefer Sutherland Live

The Allman Brothers Band - Live From A&R Studios, New York, August 26, 1971

Howardian - A Smurf at Land's End

Anvil is Anvil

Album of the Week: Generation X

Root 66: Darryl Purpose - Still the Birds

Quick Flicks: The Dollyrots - Family Vacation: Live in Los Angeles

5 Star Friday: Searching for Sugar Man

Rock Reads: Show Posters: The Art and Practice of Making Gig Posters

Vehemence - Forward Without Motion

Ben Craven - Last Chance to Hear

Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2016 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.