What Happens Next – Rolling Stone
×
Home Music Album Reviews

What Happens Next

Post-punk heroes’ radical attack curdles into vague paranoia

Gang of Four

Leo Cackett

At their peak, Gang of Four stylized 1970s dissent into cutting post-punk. Sadly, the qualities that once made the English act so influential are gone on its ninth LP, and first since co-founding singer Jon King’s departure. The question posed by the record’s title is not one the band seems to know how to answer. In place of once-sharp radical jabs, we get empty alarmism. “Obey the Ghost” is full of vague Illuminati archetypes: “We’re Facebook friends with celebrities,” new singer John “Gaoler” Sterry accuses over ominous video-game chirps. The only threat it brings to mind is that Frogger might not cross the street in time.

Newswire

Powered by
Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch.