Gang of Four: Return the Gift

By Stephanie Szuda

The members of Gang of Four must be perfectionists.

They rerecorded music from previous albums for their new album. An English band that became popular in the post-punk era of the late 70s, it rerecorded songs off 1979’s “Entertainment!” and 1981’s “Solid Gold,” to name a few. It’s a collection of some of the band’s best songs, but still a case of being old/new songs.

For those unfamiliar with the band, it’s a good collection to start with. For the fans, it’s probably a waste of money. For Gang of Four, it’s a waste of time.

There’s a slightly different sound to this album, but it’s hardly noticeable. The band took great songs and made them just as great. The album starts with “To Hell With Poverty” and you hear Andy Gill’s intense guitar. The whole album follows suit and holds the same intensity that made Gang of Four popular when it first came out.

The lyrics made Gang of Four stand out when it first came out. The political lyrics still ring true today, with some songs more underlying than others.

For those who already own the previous albums, I wouldn’t bother with this one. Gang of Four put out five well-received albums and then disbanded in 1984. The band came back in the 90s with two more, and now – a self-tribute album? How disappointing. Perhaps the next time it wants to avoid actually writing and recording new material they should try a live album.