“All Mod Cons” by The Jam - album review

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TJR says

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.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [01:20] 8.2.png The Jam - All Mod Cons (Paul Weller) New Wave
A2 [02:32] 8.5.png The Jam - To Be Someone (Didn’t We Have A Nice Time) (Paul Weller) New Wave
A3 [03:29] 9.2.png The Jam - Mr. Clean (Paul Weller) Songwriter
A4 [02:56] 9.4.png The Jam - David Watts (Ray Davies) New Wave
A5 [02:51] 9.7.png The Jam - English Rose (Paul Weller) Songwriter
A6 [05:40] 7.7.png The Jam - In The Crowd (Paul Weller) New Wave
B1 [03:01] 7.9.png The Jam - Billy Hunt (Paul Weller) Punk
B2 [02:39] 7.1.png The Jam - It’s Too Bad (Paul Weller) New Wave
B3 [03:22] 6.6.png The Jam - Fly (Paul Weller) Songwriter
B4 [02:54] 6.7.png The Jam - The Place I Love (Paul Weller) New Wave
B5 [02:37] 9.8.png The Jam - ’A’ Bomb In Wardour Street (Paul Weller) Punk
B6 [04:43] 10.0.png The Jam - Down In The Tube Station At Midnight (Paul Weller) Punk

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