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Rawk is a terrible word though and the album doesn't fit whatever the definition of that is supposed to be. The John Peel session from around that time has an ace version of Careering that is well worth listening to.
Surely Raw Power is the greatest rawk album ever in the universe. Or something similar.
'Rawk' though, no. That comes with horrible images of feet on monitors and devil horn hand symbols. It's actually very hard to classify. I know it's thought of as a seminal post-punk album, but it's a totally different kettle of fish to, say, Joy Division, or Gang Of Four. I'd maybe even put it closer to jazz than anything?
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The whole point of post punk was trying to get away from the traditional 4/4, blues based 'rock' elements of punk (which was socially revolutionary but musically conservative). Metal Box exemplifies this - tricky time signatures, heavy reggae basslines, not much in the way of verse/chorus/verse. It's hard to call it 'rawk', and the very opposite of what those that made it intended I think.
It is definitely more 'heavy' and powerful than almost any rock album I can think of though.
Lets just agree its a great album and be done with it
Picked it up in an HMV 3 for £22 sale back in the day, and mostly because of the tin. I mean, there's records you buy because you like the cover, and then there's a tin.
I thought the record itself was creaky and weird, and just left it on the shelf, tin proudly sitting atop CDs. I felt more musically well-read just for it being there tbh.
But I listened to it afresh a few weeks ago, and wow. I just didn't get it before: this is an awesome record, some serious business. Fast becoming a favourite, and totally justifies my earlier decision to buy it for the packaging!
I've owned it for about 10 years and like it more now than I ever have done before. I've gone back to it again recently after reading Rip It Up and Start Again and have been blown away by it.
But you can`t go wrong with a Jah Wobble bassline.
Gun Shy - Screaming Blue Messiahs.
the PiL LP is awesome though
I think I've only listened to Metal Box once. I love Public Image off the first album though and the new one is decent, though tails off a bit towards the end.