While this record certainly branches off in different directions, it does so in ways vastly different from the band's previous attempts at such. Most notably, the band doesn't overcomplicate things, relying on the guitar/bass/drums approach of the last album and early PIL releases, as opposed to the more bloated arrangements common to the band in the later '80s and early '90s. This is clearly experimentation based more on raw creativity and energy than on a deliberate desire to experiment, and the album is better for it.
What The World Needs Now builds on This Is PiL in just about every way, taking the band in new directions while remaining rooted in the sound that PiL invented so long ago. For those who thought the band's 2012 return album was a one-shot burst, you're dead wrong, and you're lucky you are.