Sunday 10 June 2007

The Clash: Give 'Em Enough Rope

I wrote a short review of the rather mediocre Give 'Em Enough Rope by The Clash to RYM.

Give 'Em Enough Rope is a bit of a waste of time, really. It's not a bad record, there's just no reason to listen to it rather than the fantastic London Calling or The Clash. Even Combat Rock has "Rock the Casbah" (note: I don't own Sandinista! at the time of writing). There's not a single track on this album that would make it on the first two, and generally speaking Combat Rock has distinctively better tracks even though I don't rate that album that high either (3,5 stars). Not one of the tracks on Give 'Em Enough Rope catches your ear. They just roll along without anything you haven't heard from other Clash albums. Granted, this was their second album, but they perfected and improved so much for their next one that this feels like a scetch or rehersal.

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