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the official review is crap.

this is a brilliant album and one of the best unsung records of all time. maybe it will take you a while to warm to it but warm you will. this is not disposible fouucus group rock but then if you were looking for joe strummer, you already knew that. get it already. we miss you Joe.

a triumphant return!

The "official itunes summary" of this album is very misleading. This album is incredible from the first chord on. Anytime I've put it on around people, Clash fan or not, everybody digs in. I hate to make generalizations but if you don't automatically feel better after the first 3 songs of this album, you'e simply lame. The opening song has a groove that will stick in your head for weeks without getting old, with Joe returning from exile painting a picture from the other side asking "Can somebody tell me clearly, has the new world begun?" And "X-Ray Style" may be one of the better songs I've heard in ages- the way it builds and declares "I wanna live and I wanna dance a while" fills the air around it with an infectious joy to be living. And then there's the follow through with happy sing a longs like "Road to Rock n' Roll" and the war cry of "Yalla Yalla" and touching slower songs "Nitcomb" and "Willesden to Cricklewood" round out an album that might confuse the time period it was concepted in by having substance and a real energy and creative flow fueling it rather than money or glory. Joe was one of those rare characters that can spark a flame in other people that have a wide vision and artistic talents. He did it for years with Mick Jones and he does it here with Antony Genn. You WILL NOT regret getting this album.


I challenge the iTunes writer of this review to give this album another listen. It reminds me of Rolling Stones claim that Unforgettable Fire was one of the 10 worst rock albums of all time! Sometimes you just need the perspective that time provides. This album is 10 years old but holds up better than 99 percent of the new music. And just what does the writer mean by accessible? Incredible!

Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
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