Friday, 20 April 2012

Track Review: Public Image Ltd. - One Drop


It's been 20 years since Public Image Ltd released That What Is Not. PiL fizzled out after that release and went on a long hiatus until 2009. This year (2012), PiL embark on a year long tour with small UK festivals being the place to be too get a glimpse of the kooky John Lydon. They will be releasing the above EP, One Drop and their ninth studio album later this year. One Drop being the latest single and track we'll be listening to. 


One Drop is a mixture between post-punk and reggae. I could just leave it there and go to bed to be honest.. But I wont. The drumming is exactly the same after 20 years, just without the eeriness vibes PiL 'used' to have. Instead it's been replaced by the sound and vibe of three 50 year olds, arguably past their prime creating a re-hash of PiL's older material. It's hard to criticize this track because it's just not enough. Its not in my face and the structure doesn't create conversation. John Lydon actually delivers a cracking vocal which I didn't expect. His lyrics are focused around his life growing up in London and the surrounding cultures which have an influence here. The bass sounds great, as it did all those years ago. It's the little things that make something big, and I'm afraid this track just doesn't have any little things.. 
~Eddie

6 comments:

  1. Its John Lydon! Not Lyndon!

    Crap review by he way. Doesn't really tell me anything at all.

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  2. Its John Lydon! Not Lyndon!

    Crap review by he way. Doesn't really tell me anything at all.

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  3. Sorry Master Mark for failing on my band member spelling test, I got it right the first time.. But just meh on the second.

    It doesn't tell you anything? It tells me that:
    'One Drop is a mixture between post-punk and reggae'
    'John Lydon actually delivers a cracking vocal'
    'His lyrics are focused around his life growing up in London and the surrounding cultures which have an influence'
    'The bass sounds great, as it did all those years ago'

    With respect Mark, that is a fair description of the track.. Sorry to dissapoint you sir.

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  4. Well Ok to be more constructive...

    I gather that the drumming being exactly the same as 20 years ago can't be a bad thing as you obviously hold metal box in high esteem. So with good drumming, great base, and cracking vocals we seem to have a good framework for a good song already.

    Of course it does not have the same eeriness vibes as metal box, but of course it won't because I don't think it is a rehash of metal box at all. I don't think that's the intention here.

    The fact that they're 50+ is also irrelevent here. They don't have the vibes of 50 year olds and I would hazard a guess that if somebody listened to this record, and had no idea who created it, they would not make the conclusion that the music was created by a bunch of 50 somethings. It seems like you're using that fact in order to discredit them, when in fact those same musicians have already created, which you have agreed, good drumming, great bass, and cracking vocals.

    John Lydon has always had an interest in Dub and Reggae and so its really not surprising that there may be influence from this in his music. That does not mean that this is a rehash of Metal Box.

    So despite all the negative undertones of the review, the only really bad thing you can say about it is "its not in your face". It just seems as though you were determined to write a negative review from the beginning, when in fact you have actually found it a hard song to criticize.

    Please don't think I am defending it because I'm a fanatic who thinks that PiL can do no wrong. I have my own criticisms of the track too. I just think that the tone you set was a little unfair.

    And I apologise for my first comment by the way - it wasn't very constructive.

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  5. Its ok, I don't blame you for thinking its negative. That's just my style, some bits are negative I admit, but that is because I am used to listening to Metal Box, rightfully.

    That What Is Not, is what Im referring to as 20 years ago. Without Levene & Wobble. Lydon sounds aged, is all what Im saying with that.

    If it helps, I think its going to be a good album, and Im seeing them in August.

    :)

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  6. "One Drop" is one of three weaker tracks on the forthcoming LP.
    Having listened to the album complete over the last 3 days i have to give it a mighty thumbs up. Wait for the full LP to make judgement's on Pil as a band as there are some very good tracks on there.

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