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A Different Kind Of Tension (Special Edition)

A Different Kind Of Tension (Special Edition) by Buzzcocks
Released: Jan 1979
Label: Parlophone UK
Well-titled, Tension would be the band's swan song (at least until they reformed, years later). While it doesn't match their previous efforts, the Buzzcocks still went out on top. Pete Shelley's way of spinning classic pop hooks through driving punk is augmented by an even more up-front art rock experimentalism. Shelley's sensitive worldview finds its summation on "I Don't Know What to Do With My Life," and the brilliant "I Believe,” which spews out acres of dogma before delivering the mantra: "There is no love in this world anymore!"
Nick Dedina

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