Rock Art and the X-Ray Style

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It has taken Joe Strummer ten years to follow up on his first solo album, Earthquake Weather, with Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, and while the vocals and occasional moments in the music are identifiable as the work of a man who was once a singer, guitarist, and songwriter in the Clash, no one should purchase this album expecting to hear a direct extension of his old band. Strummer, who helped lead the Clash beyond punk rock to a variety of rhythmic styles, has only expanded his range since, and Rock Art and the X-Ray Style is an album of songs built on often exotic, funky beats, few of which rock very hard. Over those rhythm tracks, Strummer sings highly poetic, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
It has taken Joe Strummer ten years to follow up on his first solo album, Earthquake Weather, with Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, and while the vocals and occasional moments in the music are identifiable as the work of a man who was once a singer, guitarist, and songwriter in the Clash, no one should purchase this album expecting to hear a direct extension of his old band. Strummer, who helped lead the Clash beyond punk rock to a variety of rhythmic styles, has only expanded his range since, and Rock Art and the X-Ray Style is an album of songs built on often exotic, funky beats, few of which rock very hard. Over those rhythm tracks, Strummer sings highly poetic, apparently freely associative lyrics whose meanings usually seem to be either private to him or just not literal. Unfortunately, the vocals are high in the mix and the musical tracks are subservient to the lyrics which are printed in the booklet so that one is left to ponder what Strummer is talking about. Coming back after a decade, even on an independent label, it might have been hoped that Strummer would return to action with a more accessible effort than Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, which is unlikely to re-establish him as a major force in popular music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • Label: Hellcat Records
  • UPC: 045778042425
  • Catalog Number: 80424
  • Sales rank: 33,136

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tony Adams - Joe Strummer (6:33)
  2. 2 Sandpaper Blues - Joe Strummer (4:27)
  3. 3 X-Ray Style - Mescaleros (4:34)
  4. 4 Techno D-Day - Joe Strummer (4:07)
  5. 5 The Road to Rock & Roll - Joe Strummer (3:58)
  6. 6 Nitcomb - Joe Strummer (3:07)
  7. 7 Diggin' the New - Joe Strummer (4:30)
  8. 8 Forbidden City - Joe Strummer (4:46)
  9. 9 Yalla Yalla - Joe Strummer (6:56)
  10. 10 Willesden to Cricklewood - Joe Strummer (6:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros Primary Artist
Joe Strummer Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
B.J. Cole Pedal Steel Guitar
Richard Norris Keyboards, E-bow
Scott Shields Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Dave Stewart Acoustic Guitar
Steve Barnard Drums
Antony Genn Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Strings, Background Vocals
Ged Lynch Drums
Gary Dyson Background Vocals, Chant
Pablo Cook Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Martin Slattery Hammond Organ, Saxophone, Melodica, Wurlitzer
D.J. Pete B. scratching
Technical Credits
Richard Norris Producer, drum programming
Ian Tregoning Engineer
Antony Genn Programming, Producer, beats
Richard Flack Programming, Engineer
Damien Hirst Cover Art
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