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Bristol, UK’s Pop Group helped define post-punk during their first incarnation from 1977 to 1981. A 2010 reunion showed that they could still make a unique sound, and working here with producer Paul Epworth (Adele) they deliver a demanding album that remains true to their iconoclastic principles. You can hear where those whom they influenced now sound like influences; the musical conversation continues beyond decades. “The Immaculate Deception” sounds like a cross between Public Image Ltd. and a modern industrial band coming to an agreement. “s.o.p.h.i.a.” imagines B.A.D. with nasty fangs. “Nowhere Girl,” “St. Outrageous,” and “Nations” demand their space.

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Challenging but worth it

I have not heard anything this interesting in awhile. It's a difficult listen but with hooks. Hard to describe, but the album is infinitely more interesting than most of the other derivative acts out now. The fact that Pitchfork hated the album makes me love it that much more.


Formed: 1977 in Bristol, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '10s

However one might describe their music, the Pop Group most certainly were not a pop group, and while they rose to popularity as the first wave of British punk had yet to break, they weren't really punk either, through their aggressive fusion of funk, noise, dub, free jazz, proto-punk, post-beat poetics, and untold volumes of forbidden knowledge could probably have only coalesced in 1977, a time when the rules of rock and its subgenres seemed to have been temporarily suspended in the U.K. The Pop...
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