Keith Levene's Violent Opposition

Keith Levene

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Keith Levene's Violent Opposition Review

by Jim Harper

Any PIL fans eagerly awaiting the first full-length release from Keith Levene would doubtless be confused by Keith Levene's Violent Opposition. For a start, it's not a proper album, having been assembled from Levene's three EP releases. Four of the tracks are covers, including Hendrix's "If 6 Was 9," Lennon's "Cold Turkey," and two reggae standards. The idea of Levene playing a Hendrix cover sounds intriguing until you discover that it's Hillel Slovak from the Red Hot Chili Peppers on guitar, with Levene relegated to bass. Two other Peppers appear on the album, bassist Flea and drummer Jack Irons, as well as Bob Forrest from L.A. weirdos Thelonius Monster. Levene sings on the covers and a couple of other tracks, but the rest of the songs are instrumentals. While his characteristic fractured guitar tones are all present and correct, Levene's voice proves to be something of a disappointment, having more in common with the classic rock stylings of Rainbow than Lydon's cockney sneer. Violent Opposition isn't a bad album, but it's the last thing you'd expect from Keith Levene.

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