- Released: November 13, 2006
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: EMI Europe
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1184 stars out of 5
-- "As a convergence of political and musical radicalism, this record's still out on its own."
- 1.Learning To Cope With Cowardice
- 2.Liberty City
- 3.Blessed Are Those Who Struggle
- 4.None Dare Call It Conspiracy
- 5.Don't You Ever Lay Down Your Arms
- 6.The Paranoia Of Power
- 7.To Have The Vision
- 9.The Wrong Name And The Wrong Number (DJ Battle)
- 10.High Ideals And Crazy Dreams
- 11.High Ideals Live
- 12.Live Paranoia
Personnel: Dan Sheals (drums).
Recording information: 1981-1983.
Though Mark Stewart's first solo foray after leaving the Pop Group has an edgy, experimental feel, it's about as tentative as a wrecking ball. A headlong leap into the darker recesses of dub, the album is driven by Stewart's paranoid, Lee Perry-style delivery and Adrian Sherwood's manic production, which distorts and twists the sound and rhythm into a monolithic mix of edgy post-punk and twisted early-1980s U.K. reggae. A similar blend of existential despair, political anger, and inspired creativity to P.I.L's METAL BOX, LEARNING TO COPE WITH COWARDICE constantly teeters on the brink of chaos, but never loses its grip.