Street Sweeper Social Club

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Street Sweepers Social Club
Street Sweepers Social Club
Warner Music Group
5 out of 5 stars

First, I haven’t seen a record cover this simple and cool since GNR’s Appetite for Destruction was released. The music-as-a-weapon connotations that are not so subtly hinted at are poetic.

That said, I dare say this album is more important than the first album by Rage Against the Machine. Why? Simply because it comes down to rapper Boots Riley being lyrically superior to Zach de la Rocha.

If you doubt, I offer the album Pick a Bigger Weapon, by Riley’s other band The Coup, in defense. Yes, musically it’s kind of simple and very similar to Rage Against the Machine, but the other half of this group, Rage’s Tom Morello’s guitar chops are undeniably hard-hitting. This is just what the world needs right now: more anthematic protest songs that are poignant and fun to dance to.

—  DJ Hippie

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