The Dying Rays (feat. Herbert Gronemeyer)
Label: Metropolis Records
Gang of Four's first record since 2011 comeback Content sounds less like the venerable post-punk outfit's 1979 totem Entertainment! than it does like their NME-anointed '00s followers -- the Franz Ferdinand axis of big-bottomed dance-rock aided by squalls of jagged guitar. The man who more or less invented that guitar, Andy Gill, is Gang of Four's sole remaining original member; without singer Jon King, What Happens Next is best when Gill's collaborators are best, such as The Kills' Alison Mosshart, whose deadpan vocals color capitalist-anxiety lyrics with a welcome smear of cool-girl portent.