The Pop Group Y
4.1 Ranking: #27 for 1979
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5.0 classicNuganatoYumo | April 16th 11

I just can't imagine such a better album in the post-punk outbreak of the '70's. It's just THAT great.

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4.5 superbBrendan M. | July 15th 14

Their name is quite possibly the most ironic thing they could've chosen, the Pop Group are nowhere near what their name entails. Post-punk is a genre that holds a wonderful amount of diversity among bands, with the gloomy melancholy of Joy Division, the artsy twist on things Wire experimented with, the blasts of noise that came from Sonic Youth and Swans, but nothing really sounds like the Pop Group. I would call them one of the most twisted groups I've ever listened to. They seem to combine funky grooves with a Residents-esque experimental nature to their music that sounds completely genre-transcendent. The vocals seem to be similar to Captain Beefheart's in the way that they have no real foundation, more just sounding like a noise to fit the rest of the sound. The instrumentation is very Beefheart-esque as well, since they decide to basically build tension by randomly moving around to create a twisted atmosphere. Overall, this is perhaps one of the more interesting and twisted post-punk records, that borrows more from No Wave than the first wave of punk.

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0.0 Ryan Willis | January 10th 13

Cold, emotionally intense, catchy, musically cluttered, whatever you want to call it, this is a captivating album. This is without question an acquired taste because of how distinct yet cracky the voice is, along with the interesting instrumentation. Without a doubt a post-punk essential album, but I'm almost certain few people would be able to listen to it fully, because it's pretty damn difficult to do so.

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0.0 AGuyIsWatchingYou | July 16th 12

Some white boys from England get together and decide to write some music, the result? Some of the most bizarre, intense post-punk music around. With rythms from Africa and other world music, The Pop Group combine the up and coming sounds of post-punk music with that of free jazz. The lyrics are political in nature, angry and questioning, delivered furiously over vibrant instrumentation. With Y, The Pop Group literally pushed the boundaries of pop music by seeing how much weirdness they could infuse with their African grooves. All in all it's a beautiful, exciting album and one of my all time favorites.

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0.0 Ryan W. | October 21st 11

Absolutely intense. The violent and rabid emotion put into this record is humongous. An essential for the Post Punk field.

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