Street Sweeper Social Club, 'Street Sweeper Social Club' (SSSC/Warner Music)

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by Mosi Reeves

This collaboration between Tom Morello and the Coup's Boots Riley promises an ecstatic agit-rap mash-up of scratch-guitar licks and grassroots socialist exhortations. But their debut suffers from Morello's uneven arrangements, which vacillate between rousing hardcore funk and predictable hard-rock crunch. Meantime, Riley keeps it intriguing with lyrics that reward deeper analysis -- "Megablast" turns a tribute to Public Enemy into a satire of the forthcoming "Third World War," while "Nobody Moves (Till We Say Go)" and "Fight! Smash! Win!" are revolutionary chants capable of moving left and right alike.

Listen: Street Sweeper Social Club, "Promenade"

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