180gm vinyl, back in stock. the previous SANDINISTA was the Clash's WHITE ALBUM, exploring just about every musical style they could think of over the course of three LP's. COMBAT ROCK, then, could be their LET IT BE, an attempt to focus on visceral, accessible material, kidney-punching instead of bobbing and weaving. There's an increased focus on funk here, as on the unlikely hit "Rock the Casbah" and "Overpowered by Funk". Naturally, there's also a pronounced political element to the lyrics (the anti-authoritarian rant of "Know Your Rights", the post-Vietnam morality play of the moving "Straight to Hell".) Despite the renewed sense of focus, though, there's still a high degree of artistic ambition revealed in both the polysyllabic lyrics and the textured, overdub-heavy arrangements.
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