The Clash Adam Sweeting - Essay

Adam Sweeting

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

"Combat Rock" is a fairly logical successor to "Sandinista!"…, but it's leaner and more concentrated—still eclectic, not very electric. Lots of layers.

Because of their sloppiness, The Clash frequently manage to persuade the listener that they can't write tunes any more and don't give a toss. This isn't true—the music here is varied and mostly works. Their attitude and subject matter remains ambiguous, though, often delivering attractive imagery but leaving you with doubts about its motivation….

The Clash wish they'd been born ten years earlier. They're steeped in a Sixties "radical" sensibility, preoccupied with Vietnam veterans, street poetry, guerilla struggles,...

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