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Cit­i­zen Zom­bie ★★★

Freaks R Us If I had opened a for­tune cookie just af­ter the start of Jan­uary and been in­formed that I would be on the re­ceiv­ing end of one of the big­gest sur­prises of my life, I would have scoffed (the cookie, that is) and threw away the small piece of pa­per. Yet here we are lis­ten­ing to and ac­tu­ally re­ally lik­ing the first al­bum in over 35 years by Bris­tol’s The Pop Group, a band so dis­or­dered and un­lis­ten­able back in the day they made PiL’s Death Disco sound like The Seek­ers’ Morn­ing­ton

Ride. Pro­duced by long­time fan Paul Ep­worth (yes, that’s Adele’s pro­ducer/co-song­writer), Cit­i­zen

Zom­bie sounds more “now” than The Pop Group ever did, and, per­haps by virtue of the pro­ducer’s pres­ence, on oc­ca­sion the re­grouped Bris­tol con­trar­i­ans ac­tu­ally (al­beit, one senses, quite re­luc­tantly) live up to their name. the­p­op­

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