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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

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  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 |   PopMatters

    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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