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  • Summary: The debut album for the new project led by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave and Boots Riley of The Coup.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. 90
    The true brilliance here is what is not done rather than what is. Instead of getting repetitive, drawn out, and maybe even boring, the album concludes itself at a measly yet perfect 11 tracks, clocking in at just under 40 minutes.
  2. It's Street Sweeper Social Club, pairing guitarist Tom Morello with rapper Boots Riley on a self-titled collection of striking, strident songs that take aim at the status quo with devastating riffs and searing lyrics.
  3. While Morello's and Riley's styles suit each other well, their acclaimed resumes are ultimately just a reminder that both men have done more memorable work elsewhere.
  4. If Morello and Riley hadn't been involved in such great projects before, this would be acceptable, but in hindsight, it doesn't really live up to their past accomplishments.
  5. 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.
  6. The problem isn't overheated rhetoric, it's half-baked songs.
  7. An attempt to relive the RATM era that falls far, far short of the bar. Save your money and go and listen to the real deal instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. bankrobber
    Aug 3, 2009
    10
    The metacritic average does not include the rave reviews from The Boston Herald, The Associated Press, or Revolver Magazine. They are all The metacritic average does not include the rave reviews from The Boston Herald, The Associated Press, or Revolver Magazine. They are all major publications and would easily be rating the album at a 90 or above. This would change the album's score dramatically. You should include those. Expand
  2. AaronI
    Jun 21, 2009
    9
    this album really shows that the RAGE sound is not dead as it has many similarities to morellos old days. with boots lyrics, it makes it this album really shows that the RAGE sound is not dead as it has many similarities to morellos old days. with boots lyrics, it makes it sound like a revamped, new and improved Rage against the machine. Morello is a legend. Expand
  3. willa
    Jun 27, 2009
    9
    Anyone reading this don't expect the coup or RATM. This album is more of a miz of Morello's genuis use of effects and riffige and Anyone reading this don't expect the coup or RATM. This album is more of a miz of Morello's genuis use of effects and riffige and Boot's political rapping on many topics. I will not lie to you there are parts in several songs where the song isn't exactly perfect but overall there is not a bad album on the album. WARNING: there i a good this album will affend you if you are not open minded to what they preach! Expand
  4. PrestonJ
    Jul 7, 2009
    8
    Perfect cruising music. The tempo never really changes over the cd's course, but is plenty of fun while it lasts. Ideal for long drives Perfect cruising music. The tempo never really changes over the cd's course, but is plenty of fun while it lasts. Ideal for long drives and riotous nights with your friends. Expand
  5. QuayT
    Jun 17, 2009
    7
    Don't expect Rage Against the Machine, but it's still pretty good and harkens back to the socially-aware rap that appears to be Don't expect Rage Against the Machine, but it's still pretty good and harkens back to the socially-aware rap that appears to be going extinct. Expand
  6. resistorDJ
    Jul 15, 2009
    5
    When i first heard about this album, i was quite excited as its been ages since weve been graced with Toms harder edged funk/rock guitar When i first heard about this album, i was quite excited as its been ages since weve been graced with Toms harder edged funk/rock guitar style. Unfortunately, this album sounds like a rehearsal/demo tape, lacking punch and energy. i think whoever produced & engineered it need a slap alongside the head. The backing vocals are also a weak point, coming across half *ssed adding to an already average production. disappointing to say the least. Expand
  7. KateS
    Jul 1, 2009
    0
    Horrible album, no more words fot this.