Metal Box (studio album) by Public Image Ltd.

Metal Box by Public Image Ltd.
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 739th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 383 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1979 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (171st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (739th)

Public Image Ltd. bestography

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-Metal BoxThe Flowers Of Romance

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Metal Box track list

  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 80 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Rating: 83 (65 votes)Comments: 1
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Average Rating: 
77/100 (from 383 votes)
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09/21/2022 16:35 Jakor  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 2,06872/100
 
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09/02/2022 08:42 theblueboy  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,41682/100
 
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08/31/2022 05:24 MadhattanJack  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,78068/100
 
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06/15/2022 17:43 PurplePiePete  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,48281/100

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This album is rated in the top 4% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 77.4/100, a mean average of 76.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 77.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 18.1.

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75/100
From 06/18/2022 23:11
Very unique and interesting album, a metallic and uncompromising post punk sound of it makes it hard to sit through it.
The experimental stuff works only some of the times.
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65/100
From 01/12/2022 10:48
#449 in 1001 Albums listening project. I do not get why it is there. Not for me, I tried, I tried, I tried, I tried, I tried,..
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5/100
From 10/14/2021 18:34
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Rating:  
60/100
From 06/28/2021 09:33
I understand it's influence, but it is not really my thing...
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Rating:  
100/100
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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Rating:  
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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Rating:  
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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