This is PiL - Public Image Ltd.
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  • Summary: This is the first album in 20 years for the band led by the Sex Pistol's John Lydon. The line-up includes Bruce Smith, Lu Edmonds, and Scott Firth.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. May 25, 2012
    This is Public Image Ltd at its best. This record is good. Outrageously good. Better than a record of an artist of Lydon's vintage has any right to make.
  2. May 25, 2012
    Both as an album opener after a ten year absence and a spiritual partner to Public Image, This is PiL is pretty much perfect.
  3. Jul 18, 2012
    It's a labyrinthine 64-minute journey, bound together by a group identity that gains clarity with every listen. [Jun 2012, p.80]
  4. May 25, 2012
    Lydon's ever-inspiring love of de-dub postulates continually throughout the album – it's such a perfect return.
  5. Jun 18, 2012
    This Is PiL proves that the taunting weaponry of his voice is still a delight, as he drawls out syllables like an over-the-top TV villain.
  6. It's an album that alternates between being rewarding and punishing.
  7. May 25, 2012
    The biggest failure of This Is PiL, sadly, is the band's centerpiece: Lydon. As fine as he can be (see again "Deeper Water"), he sounds downright unhinged. Not in the puckish, sinister way that made PiL live albums so bracing, either-no, his work here sounds tossed off, and too often just plain off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 31, 2012
    The first album in 20 years from Public Image Ltd despite its rock tone is quite strange. We can find both reggeae compositions ("One Drop") and indie rock ("Human") or electronic experiments ("The Room I Am In"). John Lydon on vocals continues experimenting, sometimes giving it a psychedelic character ("Deeper Water "), while the songs are characterized by a somewhat antiquated arrangements - which sometimes can be counted on the bands' plus, but usually causes only a bad impression. Expand