Street Sweeper Social Club
Street Sweeper Social Club


2.5
average

Review

by Sobhi Youssef EMERITUS
June 22nd, 2009 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tom Morello and Boots Riley make a mediocre record.

Rage and The Coup: admittedly, I was ecstatic for such a collaboration. As a hip-hop addict and a product of the 90s with respect to musical evolution, this is one reviewer that wore out his copy of 1992’s self-titled Rage Against the Machine. This is why it’s truly a travesty that the very same mastermind behind the groundbreaking guitar works presented therein is behind such derivative mush, almost paled (in terms of not only experimentation but also pure funk level) by his solo-work presented in the first boss battle of Guitar Hero 3. This is really boring stuff – surmounted not only by the fluffy, near pedestrian drumming of Galactic’s Stanton Moore, but also Boots Riley’s ridiculously mismatched flow. Sometimes ahead or behind Morello at any given moment as he puts on his best learning to rap impression, Street Sweeper Social Club really lacks artistic harmony amongst clashing individual styles. The renown bay-area master of ceremonies has fallen down a slippery slope as fast as he can yell "Fight! Smash! Win!"; a far cry from 90s-era The Coup, this recent collaboration acts as a veritable soap-box for the typically political hardcore rapper. The problem is, the height of said box is infinitely overshadowed by “band-mate”/ producer Tom Morello’s previous works.

This record is a thematic cesspool of angst, not-so-radical revolution, and anti-commercial-pop irony – in fact, much of this rings vaguely familiar in the sense that it’s all been done before, but better. Every track is completely middling, and it’s apparent that any semblance of comfort or chemistry is just not there. When an emcee sounds interrupted or unbalanced by the guitar and most of the music appears to be ripped from a bedroom jam session, it’s painfully obvious; Street Sweeper Social Club would better benefit society by performing said namesake operation.



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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2009


15035 Comments


saw these guys live. they were pretty good.

thebhoy
Emeritus
June 22nd 2009


4459 Comments


whoa, a second paragraph!

nevermind, I didn't see your last couple of "longer" reviews. And I'm just kidding anyways, your short reviews are sick.

Tyler
Emeritus
June 22nd 2009


7926 Comments


Don't think the (yes, Rage Against the Machine Tom Morello) is necessary in summary

irishmanshibby
June 22nd 2009


355 Comments


yeah they were a lot better than i expected live, which was also a lot better than the studio stuff

Chewie
June 22nd 2009


4532 Comments


review's much too short

AtavanHalen
June 23rd 2009


17927 Comments


So where's the rest of the review bro

ninjuice
June 23rd 2009


6760 Comments


brilliant soundoff oh wait

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 23rd 2009


3742 Comments


length is fine shut up people

astrel
June 23rd 2009


2614 Comments


Yeah you summed up the sound in two paragraphs, which is obviously too short. It takes a truly prolific writer at least 5 single-spaced pages of over-analyzing every single detail to fully understand a record.

CrazyFool84
June 23rd 2009


1080 Comments


I always thought the lengths should be allowed to be like this as long as you get your info in...a lot of reviews aren't huge pieces that bore the reader half way through. Though everytime I seem to do a shorter review I get shit on and told to re-submit as a soundoff, so....

didn't expect much from this album, based off the NINJA tracks the collab didn't have much promise from the get go. I'll check the songs I haven't heard of this out still, but for curiosity's sake more than anything

MentalityOfA
June 23rd 2009


1213 Comments


That's a disappointment.

MentalityOfA
June 23rd 2009


1213 Comments


I like the name though.

Skyler
June 23rd 2009


1084 Comments


Bummer. I always liked The Coup, shame this doesn't live up to that.

Titan50
June 23rd 2009


4588 Comments


not sure whether to get this now :/

thatguy84
June 23rd 2009


214 Comments


I saw them live during the NINJA tour. They sounded like a worse version of Rage.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 24th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

skyler, do you like the new e&a?

Skyler
June 24th 2009


1084 Comments


yeah. it's weird as hell but i like it a lot. most of it anyway.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 25th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i'll be reviewing it... but I'm not sure if I like it that much. they do the indie raprock thing a hell of a lot better than cage's newest, that's for sure

classicbear
June 25th 2009


1 Comments


i like short reviews. that thing about 5 pages of overanylzation sounds like a false statistic..

bloc
June 25th 2009


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album is shite, doesn't require any more than 2 paragraphs.

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