In the music, little has changed, because it is unnecessary. Gang Of Four reconvened, with all founding members, in 2005. The group is now King and guitarist Andy Gill with a new rhythm section, and they are in something better than vintage form, playing the original modernism with an infecting exhilaration. Gill spit his clipped riffs and spiked-treble chords through a chorus-pedal effect that made everything sound like it was coming through rattling curtains of broken glass, while King worked the length of the stage in tribal go-go spasms, to the meaty martial tensions of bassist Thomas McNiece and drummer Mark Heaney. Content is that rare thing from a reunited band - a credible new studio release - and the songs from that record stood up fine against the still-commanding anxieties in "Damaged Goods" and "Love Like Anthrax," illustrated in the latter by Gill's atonal cannonfire, which he triggered by kicking his Strat across the floor. For Gang of Four, the great leap forward - through noise to justice - is back on.
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- Jon King