PiL - What The World Needs Now... mp3 album
What the World Needs No. .Personnel adapted from What the World Needs Now liner notes.
Public Image Ltd (PiL). Album: What The World Needs No. racklisting: Double Trouble, Know Now, Bettie Page, C’est La Vie, Spice of Choice, The One, Big Blue Sky, Whole Life Time, I’m Not Satisfied, Corporate, Shoom. 10th PiL studio album, and 2nd on PiL Official.
The speed of PiL’s development is underappreciated. Album sessions in 1978, 1979 and 1980 yielded progressively more extreme interpolations of punk, pop, rock, and reggae, with The Flowers Of Romance representing the apotheosis of this growth spurt . On closer ‘Shoom’, Lydon found a rallying cry for the 21st century that harkened back to the cleansing he had been a part of in the bloated and broken seventies: what the world needs now, is another fuck off!
Traditionally PIL relies on a strong bassist to anchor their songs. Scott Firth has played as a session musician for a number of famous pop acts. He has been with PIL since their reunion and provides their bass and keyboard music. His repertoire ranges from new wave to reggae adaptations of punk. Sometimes he yields a crusty sound to enhance the guitar riffs. There is plenty of cussing, crudity and nudity. It's not so controversial by today's standards, because the public isn't as naive and conservative as they were back in the seventies. Nobody gets away with insulting the Queen of England anyway.
Unfortunately, the problem with What the World Needs Now lies not in its spirit, but in its songwriting. Despite the insatiable anger and burning intellect that fuels Public Image Lt. there are few moments here where the music does those admirable qualities any real justice. The songs that come closest are the aforementioned I’m Not Satisfied, a tightly-wound update of Death Disco, and Big Blue Sky, a paranoid, delicately constructed dub soundscape It’s a real shame, because PiL at their best are of vital importance, and Lydon is indeed a national treasure. I really, really wanted to love this album, but it undeniably falls short. As I’ve said, this isn’t a record entirely bereft of merit, and it is those brief glimmers of the band’s former brilliance, along with Lydon’s gravitas, that save What the World Needs Now from dissolving into the kind of turgid mess it regularly threatens to become.
However, unlike PIL's past forays into experimentation, those on What The World Needs Now come with less contrivance and more authenticity. Take the lead single from the record, titled "Double Trouble. As mentioned in recent interviews, this song's lyrics focus on Lydon's troubles repairing a toilet in his home, and the resulting conflict with his wife over calling a plumber. Most notably, the band doesn't overcomplicate things, relying on the guitar/bass/drums approach of the last album and early PIL releases, as opposed to the more bloated arrangements common to the band in the later '80s and early '90s. This is clearly experimentation based more on raw creativity and energy than on a deliberate desire to experiment, and the album is better for it.
|C'est La Vie|
|Spice of Choice|
|Big Blue Sky|
|Whole Life Time|
|I'm Not Satisfied|
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