Friday, January 25, 2008

London Calling - The Clash Review

London Calling: Don't get me wrong, I like this song. I can't say it is amazing though. It has a hard rock sound to it, which is a bit depressing. Grade: 9 out of 10
Brand New Cadillac: A fusion of punk, pop, and hard rock. It is catchy, like most pop songs. Grade: 8.0 out of 10
Jimmy Jazz: A bit of lounge right here. It is very slow, but has "classic" written all over it. Grade: 8.0 out of 10
Hateful: Hearing definite punk for the first time, this song is better than the previous three. A pop element is still there, though. Grade: 8.5 out of 10
Rudy Can't Fail: This is a reggae/ska anthem. The combination works well. Grade: 8.75 out of 10
Spanish Bombs: Sounds similar to "Rudy Can't Fail" with its punk/ska complexion. Grade: 8.0 out of 10
The Right Profile: Strummer's voice is going to have to grow on me or something. It is hard to get into this song. Grade: 7.5 out of 10
Lost in the Supermarket: New-Wave and pop like. Eh. Grade: 7.5 out of 10
Clampdown: A bit more rebellious, this song critiques capitalism. Again, a broad pop element exists in this song. Grade: 8.75 out of 10
The Guns of Brixton: I am a reggae fan, so this song appealed to me. Not the best, but still very good. Grade: 8.75 out of 10
Wrong Em' Boyo: Another ska/lounge anthem. It sounds kind of like the background music in the Mattress Giant commercials. Annoying, slightly. Grade: 7.5 out of 10
Death or Glory: Punk is more defined here; rebellion is included. Kind of sounds like something Against Me! would put out. Grade: 8.75 out of 10
Koka Kola: A ballad against advertising right here. Strong in terms of punk-ability and intensity. Grade: 9.0 out of 10
The Card Cheat: Doesn't quite do anything for me. Light punk, you could call it. Grade: 7.75 out of 10
Lover's Rock: Gay "New Romantic" outfit. It gets better as it progresses, but still I don't know. Grade: 8.5 out of 10
Four Horsemen: Solid, but ska influenced. Or it maybe it influenced ska, I don't know. Grade: 7.5 out of 10
I'm Not Down: A decent rock tune right here. This may just be the best track on the album. Grade: 9.0 out of 10
Revolution Rock: The best reggae track on the album. Grade: 9.25 out of 10
Train in Vain: This is a popular song and a very good closer. Not exactly my type, but it is not too bad. Grade: 8.5 out of 10

Total Score: 7.9 out of 10
Recommendation: Yes if you are a punk/ska/hard rock fan
Final Comments: The album wasn't amazing. There were a lot of decent and above average songs on there, but there weren't any that really struck me as awesome.


  1. Glen, wtf? this album is nothing but amazing. You were a little bitchy in some of your critiques. I do agree though that "The Right Profile is just "ok" for such a classic album. But, you have to be kidding me. "Rudie Can't Fail," "Clampdown," "The Guns of Brixton," "Death and Glory," and the title track to name a few are some of the best tunes you'll hear in your life.

  2. Classic album... anything else is equivalent to abortion in the Catholic Church.


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