Streetcore - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
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  • Summary: The former Clash leader was nearing completion of this fourth and final solo album when he died of a heart attack in 2002. It includes covers of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" (recorded without his backing band the Mescaleros) and Bobby Charles' "Before I Grow Too Old," as well as eight Strummer originals veering from reggae to rock. Expand
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  1. 100
    Streetcore negotiates a resolution between the ethnocentric beats that hallmarked the two previous Mescaleros albums and the classic Clash sound that remained pivotal to Joe's live performances. [Nov 2003, p.110]
  2. Mescaleros Martin Slattery and Scott Shields have yielded a remarkably cohesive set of songs with arrangements that Strummer would have approved of. [Dec 2003, p.135]
  3. The 'world-music' excursions of the previous 'Global - A Go Go' album are less in evidence and 'Streetcore' is a sharper, leaner collection for it.
  4. It has so many promising moments, so few -- and I would say hardly any -- flaws, that I just can't help but think, "what if he saw it through?"
  5. Splits evenly into out-and-out rockers and downhome folk. [Nov 2003, p.123]
  6. His singing is a bit improved and the playing throughout is heartfelt and strong.
  7. 40
    Without much international color or guest flourish. [Nov 2003, p.122]

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  1. LynnG
    Oct 7, 2007
    10
    Joe went down with the last eerie words on this album "That's a take." And he was gone, just like that. Joe Strummer's great hero was Johnny Cash. And as in Joe's own tribute to Cash,"He cast a long shadow on the ground. Joe never forgot his core values, the downtrodden he was fighting for--he was a gentle and compassionate warrior. And if this album is any thing judge from, he went out at the height of his genius. R.I.P. Joe, we love you. Expand
  2. LawrenceP
    Feb 5, 2005
    10
    Thanks for all the good music...Joe Strummer is the only musican that changed the way i lived my life.
  3. GuidovanEs
    Jun 30, 2007
    10
    I listen to it now and it fills my ears with pure joy every time :)
  4. SeanW
    Oct 28, 2003
    9
    Quite possibly the best Joe Strummer release ever. A bittersweet reminder to a man that embodied the true spirit of rock n'roll.
  5. rislac
    Dec 12, 2003
    9
    Once I warmed to it, this work revealed itself as a fitting final chapter to the Book of Strummer. He's another one we'll badly miss...
  6. DanielF
    Oct 28, 2003
    9
    joe strummer is in all ways an underappreciated legend. his solo work has been more or less critically ignored, until this, his posthumous collection of material. it's not so much an album as a group of works in progress. but that's part of its charm. gone is the crackling polish of 'rock art' or the over-the-top worldbeat influence of 'global a go-go'. here, strummer's talent as a vocalist and as a songwriter really shine through. it would have been interesting to see the final product, had strummer been able to finish the album before his untimely death. if anything the flaw is that it's so short, and maybe not a full exploration of strummer's potential with the mescaleros - tymon dogg's fiddle is used far less than on 'global'. but otherwise, a near-perfect album from a perfect musican, writer and cultural icon. Expand
  7. BenJ
    Nov 11, 2003
    7
    A great record by a great artist - good work Joe, not a bad way to sign off!

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