Ira Robbins
October 12, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Public Image Ltd.: Greatest Hits, So Far

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Virgin
genre
Reissues, Rock

We gave it a B+

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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