There seem to be many parallels between today and the late seventies. A time of economic depression, a working class trodden down by the conscienceless political rulers and moneyed elite, ethnic tensions simmering, a generation of young people with no future prospects ready to lash out a wave of destruction in the form of riots in protest at the injustices of the world they find themselves in. And the development of a new musical form which encapsulates the passion, the anger and the political stance of the youth. OK, perhaps the similarities end there, as plastic Cowell pop seems to be the hallmark and legacy of this generation, but thirty years ago the social situation gave rise to just such a musical form, Punk. And the prime exponents were the Clash.
This is the second studio album from the Clash and shows a degree of maturity and progression from their debut. Still full of an in your face attitude, a social awareness and political agenda, all backed by angry, passionate full speed ahead music, there is a blending of outside influences, especially reggae, and a more thoughtful tone to some of the lyrics that sets it apart from their debut, and begins to show where the band would go. It's another excellent outing, and a worthy addition to anyone's music collection. However, sandwiched as it is between the amazingly good debut and the sublime London Calling, it does lose a little shine and so gets 4 stars.