What Happens Next

What Happens Next

Guitarist Andy Gill is Gang of Four’s sole original member here, with singer Jon King departing after Content. This puts the band’s reinvention in the hands of new singer John Sterry, who's a very different singer than King. Where King barked commands, Sterry serenades with a hint of Bowie and even The Sisters of Mercy’s Andrew Eldritch. It works nicely on the rhythmically right-on “Stranded,” while The Kills’ Alison Mosshart adds the necessary counterbalance on “Broken Talk” and “England’s in My Bones,” the album’s other clear highlights. The band still flirt with sociopolitical talk, but sound textures prove more crucial to their survival.

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