Generation Indigo (Bonus Track Version)

Generation Indigo (Bonus Track Version)

Poly Styrene’s passing in April 2011 came shortly after the release of Generation Indigo, her first solo album in 31 years. Her final project is a work of passionate idealism and caustic wit, an extension of the music she made with the legendary ‘70s British punk outfit X-Ray Spex. Styrene’s hell-bent vocalizing and socially conscious lyrics show a deepening maturity, though her earlier sense of outrage is present as well. Despite their often-biting content, tracks like “White Gold”, “No Rockefeller” and “Code Pink Dub” radiate a positive tone as they tackle global warming, racism and warmongering. Styrene sounds vibrantly youthful as she romps through “Virtual Boyfriend” (a send-up of social-media romance) and “Kitsch” (a sassy personal anthem) with undisguised glee. Produced by Youth (of Killing Joke fame), the album combines sleek electro-pop beats with shivery dub effects and blistering guitar firepower. The album’s broad sonic reach underscores the range of ideas and influences. A labor of love filled with defiance and compassion, Generation Indigo closes Poly Styrene’s groundbreaking career on a note of triumph.

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