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This Is PiL

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This Is PiL

First studio release in 10 years from John Lydon's experimental post-punk outfit

ADM rating[?]

6.8

Label
PiL Official
UK Release date
28/05/2012
US Release date
29/05/2012
  1. 10.0 |   music OMH

    This record is good. Outrageously good. Better than a record of an artist of Lydon’s vintage has any right to make
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  2. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    Perhaps against the odds, this is a 63 minute chunk of music that wavers marvellously from the irresistible, the effortlessly accessible to the downright weird
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  3. 9.0 |   Blurt

    For a group once more focused on sound than songwriting, there are some memorable tunes here
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  4. 8.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    PiL have created something solid, vicious and with enough value for repeat listens. It’s as much a genuine statement of intent as the title suggests
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  5. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    There is nothing safe here, it doesn’t rely on conventionality or predictability or even past glories, and it takes the band back to their very essence – being a forward thinking, experimental pop group
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's simply a joy to hear Lydon in fine voice, getting stuck into thorny matters with his own unique, raw-nerve gusto, backed by a cookin' band. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    An album that rewards your perseverance and legwork hugely
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  8. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    An artist who has spent years lucratively exploiting his past with the Sex Pistols suddenly sounds like he has a future: a victory for contrarianism
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  9. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    If This Is PiL really does signal the arrival of funtime Johnny, let’s have more of it
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  10. 8.0 |   Q

    The album abounds with aquatic metaphors, reflections of the state if the nation and even thoughts of final extinction. Print edition only

  11. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    An unexpectedly enjoyable late addition to a formidable body of work
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  12. 8.0 |   Spin

    Lydon belches dangerous angst over lashing guitars and fat bass: First in 20 years, rudie don't fail
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  13. 7.0 |   BBC

    Rotten returns with a curious mixture of rage and nostalgia
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  14. 7.0 |   Uncut

    It may not be of the calibre of Metal Box, but it finds its maker firmly in 2012, not 1979, and with plenty still to grouse about
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  15. 7.0 |   NME

    In the end, despite the vibrancy, you’re left feeling like the world probably isn’t desperate for a new PiL album. What it is desperate for is a new John Lydon
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  16. 7.0 |   Pop Matters

    PiL still has power. If John Lydon and his current crew of misfits continue to stay the course, we are going to see some classic works that’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the band’s commercial and artistic heyday
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  17. 6.3 |   Pitchfork

    A reminder of the band's former genius and a treat for longtime fans who should appreciate at least half the album as solid PiL work
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  18. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Riddled with sluggish production and weak lyricism, making it more chaotic than triumphant
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  19. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Proves that the taunting weaponry of his voice is still a delight
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  20. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Lydon's voice is never just any grumpy old man's. Throughout, he aspires to dub's cosmic poetics. And he never, ever runs out of things to say
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  21. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    When musically things start to pick up, Lydon phones it in; and when Lydon is on the mark lyrically, the music sputters
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  22. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    There are a few meandering forgettable tracks but, overall, it’s his most enjoyable album in at least 25 years
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  23. 5.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    An album that alternates between being rewarding and punishing
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  24. 5.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    For the most of its play time, the songs on This Is PiL lack any lyrical adventure and refuse to take any risks
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  25. 4.2 |   A.V. Club

    Where Lydon once synched with his group in a searing, sardonic lockstep, he now wanders over it like a tired caretaker. His voice still shoots sparks, but in all the wrong directions
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  26. 4.0 |   Paste Magazine

    A disappointing return for a band that—at least for some shocked Bandstand viewers—once seemed like it was going to completely change music forever
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  27. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Overall it's just a bit of a plod
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  28. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    What stands out the most on This is PiL is Lydon's sometimes nostalgic, sometimes lamenting pontifications on Great Britain, his home country
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