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Public Image Ltd.: Greatest Hits, So Far

Following his earthshaking career in the Sex Pistols, singer John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd. and embarked on an inventive venture even less concerned with musical niceties. Greatest Hits, So Far (some remixed) begins with the pre-U2 guitar wash of ”Public Image” and runs a caustic course through the keening wallop of ”This Is Not a Love Song,” the unsettling jangle-pop of the hypnotic ”Rise,” and the accessibly bent melodic rock of last year’s ”9” album. Except for ”Don’t Ask Me,” a useless new song, this generous compilation is a thorny rose of acerbic intelligence and originality, bracing proof that great music isn’t always easy on the ears. B+

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