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here's my probably useless "Sandinista" story
on August 21, 2004
A few of the reviewers here said that the best way to enjoy "Sandinista" was to download the album and pick out your favorite songs, and then put it onto one CD. That'd make "Sandinista" more consise, more penetrable, and generally more better.
Having a subscription to an mp3 service, I downloaded the entire album anxiously. About a month before, I bought "London Calling" and became addicted -- and I wanted to see how the Clash could mess up so badly in only a year's time ("Sandinista" was released a year after "London Calling").
When all of the tracks were finally downloaded, I began listening to them, one by one.
First track -- Magnificent Seven. Initial reaction? "...wow. This is... amazing! But then again, everyone said it was one of the GOOD tracks, so I guess it's not that much of a surprise."
Second track -- Hitsville UK. "..I've never really heard anything like this before. A woman singing in a Clash song? Who is she? I like her voice. ...this is pretty catchy. Like really catchy. Um, yep, I like this song too."
Next up -- Junco Partner. Knowing in advance that not much was said about this track, I expected it to be one of the "bad" songs/experiments. Initial reaction? "...hey! This is the Clash doing reggae again, like on 'London Calling'! I like the little violin touches. And what is that? A keyboard? Or a toy piano? Whatever it is, it sounds cool."
And so on and so on. I think you get the idea.
I ended up liking every song, actually. I'm not exaggerating because I'm trying to be some demented Clash fanboy or something -- every single track on "Sandinista" is at the very least interesting. It never, ever bores me. If the music is somewhat lacking on a given track, the lyrics make up for it. And vice versa. Most of the time, like on "Somebody Got Murdered" or "Magnificent Seven," the lyrics and the music are both equally excellent.
I mean, really -- the entire first disc is a great album on it's own as it is. While some might think it's redundant to have "One More Dub" next to the original version, it's just like one whole song to me, both of them. And seeing how it's really not that bad of a song to begin with, I actually like having the dub right next to the original version.
The second half of disc two gets even more wildly experimental -- and I will admit it's the part I listen to the least. Even still, when I do listen to the various dubs and backwards tracks and songs like "Junkie Slip" on that portion of the disc, I always find myself interested in the sonic detail and what not of the songs. And the child-friendly version of "Career Opportunities" is fantastic.
See how long my review is already? I guess I'll stop now for your sake. But realize that because of my love for this album, I could write dozens and dozens of more pages about it.
One last thing: I just wanted to thank a few of the reviewers on here who gave the album a negative review. You guys/girls piqued my curosity enough to find out for myself if it was good or not. And, I must say, it's good. Quite good indeed.