It Was Never Gonna Turn Out Too Good
Label: Yep Roc Records
Along with Wire, PiL and Joy Division, Gang of Four are one of post-punk's most vital bands with their blazing mix of punk anger, kinetic funk and whip-smart political lyrics. This surprising 2011 comeback album finds them in youthful, fighting mode with a sound that's even more lean than that of their revolutionary 1979 debut. Jon King's voice still drips with clear-eyed contempt, while Andy Gill's guitars continue to slash against "the system."