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  • Obvious [Virgin, 1987] B+

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Obvious [Virgin, 1987]
After six more years of Thatcher and the dawning of electrohop, it's as if Linx had laminated the soft edges of its prophetic premeditated funk to a flash, beatwise sheen. Both vocals and politics are more strident, pausing for love only to flog the jezebel whose lust for diamonds ends in the murder of an innocent jeweler by an innocent (sez they) black Briton. Though it is obvious, it scores points, zapping unguarded rhythm sensors like a sharpshooter in a video arcade. Here's hoping it grows in wisdom. B+