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Hugh Jarse, ZigZag, November 1978

PUBLIC IMAGE: 'Public Image' (Virgin)
'ELLO, A LOW-key re-emergence which grows on ya. I know everybody was expecting another anthem but here ya go, this is a new sound. Burbling bass, 'ello 'ello 'ellos, Sly-crash drumming, some remarkably-textured floaty-but-forceful guitar and a new voice from Mr. Lydon. Alright, so at this late stage with the thing in the charts already a review is a bit pointless, but this is a long-awaited record which got a decidedly-mixed response from critics (should RM's despicably narrow-minded five-year-old Robin Smith even be allowed to clean toilets with his writing hand?) We just wanna throw our weight on the plus side, okay?

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