John Lydon Psycho's Path [Import]
- Released: July 19, 2011
- Label: EMI Japan
Rolling Stone - 9/4/97, p.703 Stars (out of 5) - "...[Lydon's] first-ever solo album features his most dissonant noises since PiL's 1981 FLOWERS OF ROMANCE....It's a gas to hear him out-Prodigy the Prodigy, snarling over grooves from electronica heavyweights such as Leftfield, the Chemical Brothers and Moby."
Uncut (magazine) - p.993 stars out of 5 -- "PSYCHO'S PATH is fun and '90s-dancey and now contains his Leftfield collaboration 'Open Up'..."
Personnel includes: John Lydon (vocals, various instruments); Martin Lydon,
Mark Saunders (guitar, keyboards); Leftfield.
Recorded at Rotten Studios, Los Angeles, California.
PSYCHO'S PATH, the first true solo album of John Lydon's career, finds the former Mr. Rotten on a techno kick, handling the lion's share of production and performance and even showing his vulnerable side. With his trademark nasal moan, Lydon provides a cold, detached journey through subjects ranging from human rights ("Grave Ride") to John Wayne Gacy ("Psychopath"), along with healthy doses of his trademark cynical tirades.
Musically, there are more than a few echoes of Lydon's former band PIL, although the rhythm section on PSYCHO'S PATH is of a more electronic variety. The album includes celebrity mixes from such luminaries as The Chemical Brothers, Leftfield, and Moby. Their work helps to keep Lydon's rantings listenable, while providing a refreshing, modern take on one of post-punk's most consistently interesting personalities.
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