Metal Box (album) by Public Image Ltd.

Metal Box
Metal Box by Public Image Ltd.
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 753rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 338 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1979 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (172nd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (753rd)

Public Image Ltd. bestography

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Metal Box track list

Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 338 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 77.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 78.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.8.

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From 07/23/2019 18:33
Favorite Tracks:Albatross, No Birds, Bad Baby
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From 03/23/2018 21:47
A classic album. A must have.
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90/100
From 03/23/2018 20:49
I've been into weird post-punky side of rock for more than a decade but I finally got this album's vibe just a couple of days ago. As unbelievably amazing as Flowers of Romance is, this one is even better. A milestone album, really. On the same level of unique innovation and inventiveness as TMR or WL/WH. And play damn good all along.
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80/100
From 02/20/2017 07:56
There are some fantastic moments on here- "Memories" approaches Kid A paranoia, "Poptones" features atmospheric guitar tones a la 90s rock, and "Chant" anticipates the industrial rock Killing Joke would break through with in the following year. On the whole an excellent precedent for an album along the lines of "Daydream Nation"

But, as with much experimental rock, there are still many misjudged moments- "Albatross" is too long and lacks creativity (it was recorded in one take- and sounds like it!), while many of the second half instrumentals drag on.
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90/100
From 05/30/2016 23:21
The best Public Image album by far. A dark, brooding atmospheric masterpiece. The first half of the record is perfect, the latter half a little less consistent but taken as a whole it's a tour de force. Poptones, memories, and, careering, all excellent. Good stuff.
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85/100
From 01/21/2016 00:46
I felt comfortable listening to this ... that's all I have to say
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25/100
From 07/12/2015 20:07
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From 06/11/2015 12:28
Brilliant. confusing that second edition is two spaces below this on the top pil albums though
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55/100
From 01/02/2015 18:35
If all of the albums on the Rolling Stones Top 500 list, this has got to be one of my least favorites. It doesn't resonate with me at all. A total struggle for me to get through the whole thing.
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65/100
From 11/25/2014 02:21
I've never been a huge fan of experimental music. Sure, I like music that takes chances and sounds different, but music that is trying to push boundaries bores me because often it seems like it's trying to be unenjoyable. This is different though, it completely changes punk but still manages to be catchy and listenable. I could never get anything from Tago Mago or Suicide stuck in my head, but I'll be humming Albatross all day after hearing this.
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