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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. Though a floundering economy, bombed-out GOP and a season or two of corporate bailouts have provided them with a fat barrel of fish to shoot, this rap-rock hybrid simmers instead of seethes, never quite mustering the blood-boiling rage of its principals' previous material.
  5. RATM guitarist and hardcore troubadour participates in dodgy agit rap/rock experiment.
  6. The problem isn't overheated rhetoric, it's half-baked songs.
  7. Several spins of Street Sweeper Social Club reveals the weaknesses inherit in this duo’s style. While Boots is mostly on point with his critical lyricism, he lacks a punchy energy that is required to match Morello’s heavier riffs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7