Street Sweeper Social Club - Ghetto Blaster EP
Street Sweeper Social Club, the rock/rap group featuring former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and vocalist Boots Riley from controversial California hip-hop group The Coup released their second studio album, a seven track EP, featuring covers of songs by LL Cool J, M.I.A., and The Coup on August 10, 2010.
Morello’s Rage Against The Machine style riffs are unhampered by too much distortion making Riley’s quick lyrics easy to distinguish. If you were a fan of Rage Against The Machine and like the rock/rap genre then you will probably enjoy this album. However, at times, Morello’s riffs sound derivative without much to distinguish them from Rage’s fierce instrumentals. On vocals, Boots Riley adds a tangent of creative, socially conscious lyrics that give the Street Sweeper Social Club more of a hip-hop sound than Rage Against The Machine had. Still, even Morello fans may take issue with his lack of creativity on this new album. His riffs on the EP are less explorations of his personal style and more like identical riffs from past Rage albums like Evil Empire and The Battle of Los Angeles.
The EP is available on vinyl and cd. For all its flaws, it’s still good party music and you can stream most of the tracks for free on their facebook page.