Gang of Four Hard / Solid Gold
- Released: January 21, 2003
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
Uncut - p.1254 stars out of 5 - "SOLID GOLD catches them at their furious finest, shuffling between the personal politics of consumption and longing..."
- 1.Is It Love
- 2.I Fled
- 3.Silver Lining
- 4.Woman Town
- 5.A Man With a Good Car
- 6.It Don't Matter
- 8.A Piece of My Heart
- 11.What We All Want
- 12.Why Theory?
- 13.If I Could Keep It for Myself
- 14.Outside the Trains Don't Run on Time
- 16.The Republic
- 17.In the Ditch
- 18.A Hole in the Wallet
- 19.He'd Send in the Army
Personnel: Andrew Gill (vocals, guitar, drums); Jon King (vocals, melodica); Chuck Kirkpatrick, Brenda White, Alfa Anderson (vocals).
This twofer combines the seminal post-punk band Gang Of Four's second album with their fourth--the last studio album before their initial breakup in 1984. Though SOLID GOLD was originally less highly thought of than the band's debut, ENTERTAINMENT, it nevertheless contains two of their best songs: "Paralysed," Andy Gill's chilling narrative of the crushing effects of capitalism, and the joyful, whooping ersatz disco of "To Hell With Poverty."
1983's HARD found drummer Hugo Burnham replaced by a drum machine. Additionally, the album's production substituted the band's previous angularity for a lush, polished sound augmented by backing singers and synthesizers, which longtime fans found hard to take. But both "Is It Love" and "Womantown" have a smoky mystery, while "A Man With a Good Car" is an energetic backward glance at the band's post-punk roots.
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