The Clash - London Calling
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1979 Ratings: #1 / 161
User Score
1979 Rank: #1All Time: #147
Liked by 651 people
December 14, 1979 / Release Date
LP / Format
CBS, Epic / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

A stunning statement of purpose and one of the greatest rock & roll albums ever recorded.

100
Consequence of Sound

They had succeeded in making something that was interesting on its own terms, not simply as part of a movement: an album that showcased the range of their taste.

100
Rolling Stone

Merry and tough, passionate and large-spirited, London Calling celebrates the romance of rock & roll rebellion in grand, epic terms.

100
The Needle Drop
It's just an amazing and, in my opinion, flawless smorgasbord of everything that you need to hear as far as rock music in the 70s is concerned.
Craigold
100

HAHAHAH IT WAS ALL PART OF THE SCHEME. 1000 FOLLOWERS AND NOW I GET TO FART IN 1000 MOUTHS. PREPARE FOR THE HYDROGEN BOMB, SUCKERS! ... read more

exception
88

"The Clash are a rock band"
ah yes. thank you pitchfork. i went this entire album not knowing what genre i could put this in. no idea at all.

great album though. the punk album that shaped the mold made to be broken in the music form.

fav tracks: rudie cant fail, lost in the supermarket, the card cheat, train in vain, london calling

MrMercury7
100

"The Clash was always from the heart"
- Joe Strummer, 1988

Being one of the most important & influential acts of the British punk invasion, The Clash stood out from the Nihilism of the Sex Pistols & the fun party going Ramones. What they brought instead was the political & socially conscious commentary which became an essential topic in the genre. But, the punk scene was quickly diving into more experiential & diverse waters. Being heavily Influenced by the art rock ... read more

BRGYSEK45
90

I never really listened to The Clash, maybe just their single 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go,' so I didn't know what to expect from this album. After giving it a few listens, I have to admit that it's unlike anything I've heard before. The sound palette is rich, the instrumentals bang, and each track is well refined. The only thing I'd point out are the pretty underwhelming tracks in the second half, at least when compared to the rest. Other than that, it's pretty much a perfect album.

fav ... read more

TomasKayas
60

London Calling: 60/100
Brand New Cadillac: 75/100
Jimmy Jazz: 60/100
Hateful: 65/100
Rudie Can't Fail: 70/100
Spanish Bombs: 70/100
The Right Profile: 70/100
Lost in the Supermarket: 70/100
Clampdown: 55/100
The Guns of Brixton: 75/100
Wrong 'Em Boyo: 60/100
Death or Glory: 65/100
Koka Kola: 55/100
The Card Cheat: 55/100
Lover's Rock: 45/100
Four Horsemen: 70/100
I'm Not Down: 60/100
Revolution Rock: 60/100
Train in Vain (Stand by Me): 75/100

Total Score: 6.3

LilDickyFan444
95

This album is anything and everything all at once, it fucking bangs too.

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