CD Review: Street Sweeper Social Club — 'The Ghetto Blaster EP'

Don't let the attention-grabbing choice of a first single mislead you: Though their cover of M.I.A.'s “Paper Planes” sounds pointless at all but the most eardrum-shattering volumes (and only slightly amusing at those), Tom Morello and Oakland rapper Boots Riley, as Street Sweeper Social Club, can blast a satisfying rap-rock barrage when their ideas gel. On the group's Ghetto Blaster EP, the follow-up to last year's self-titled debut album, Morello and Riley tour through redundant riffage and issue more less-than-rousing calls for revolution than I care to count — but for a few percussive moments, they also kick ass.

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