The Jam - All Mod Cons - Review
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What an absolute gem this is; they released two good albums last year, but ‘78s “All Mod Cons” is on a different level altogether. Everything about this LP is fantastic, and sees The Jam fulfil all the potential that was only teasingly glimpsed last time out. With this offering, they finally nail the sound of The Jam which is uniquely theirs; where punk, mod and even acoustic ballads can all live as one, and it’s all good in the melting pot. The song-writing is excellent, the 3 band members are as tight as a drum, and the lyrics get you involved with a sneer one minute and love in your heart the next. Thoughtful is the byword which connects all, from the pretty beauty of “English Rose” to the ugly brutality of “Down In The Tube Station At Midnight”. Meaty and real, this is the kind of stuff that cultivates a devoted fanbase, and this was certainly the case for The Jam, who now had a captive audience hanging on every beat, every word. Legends.

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