The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four Image
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  • Summary: The tribute album features covers of Gang Of Four's songs by artists such as Everything Everything, The Dandy Warhols, Gail Ann Dorsey, Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Flea, John Frusciante, Hardcore Raver In Tears, Helmet, Hotei, IDLES, La Rux, LoneLady, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, GaryThe tribute album features covers of Gang Of Four's songs by artists such as Everything Everything, The Dandy Warhols, Gail Ann Dorsey, Red Hot Chilli Peppers' Flea, John Frusciante, Hardcore Raver In Tears, Helmet, Hotei, IDLES, La Rux, LoneLady, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Gary Numan, System of a Down's Serj Tankian, The Sounds, JJ Sterry, Dado Villa-Lobos, and Warpaint. Expand
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  • Record Label: Gill Music
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Dance, Noise-Rock
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  1. Jun 14, 2021
    80
    It’s a broad and satisfying collection, and given the diversity of the artists – from Helmet to La Roux – it doesn’t sound like a malfunctioning jukebox. That’s quite an achievement.
  2. Jun 4, 2021
    80
    As much as the impressive company, what stands out on this compilation is the undimmed volatility of these songs, waiting to be set off.
  3. Mojo
    Jun 4, 2021
    80
    Idles and Tom Morello score highly by taking an edgy staccato approach, faithful to the original songs, but La Roux's synthy take on Damaged Goods teases out an unexpected amount of melody. [Jul 2021, p.83]
  4. Uncut
    Jun 4, 2021
    70
    Clearly, the source material is strong, but there’s also an emotional unity of purpose that works in the covers’ favour. [Jun 2021, p.33]
  5. Jun 4, 2021
    70
    The Problem of Leisure: A Celebration of Andy Gill and Gang of Four seems designed less as a walk down memory lane for aging leftist post-punks than a tool to make current listeners aware of Go4's ideals and legacy, and though (like most tribute albums) its broad palette makes it somewhat inconsistent, the thinking is fresh, bold, and impassioned enough that it should open the ears of both fans and novices should it cross their paths.
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