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Clint Eastwood & General Saint

  • Two Bad D.J. [Greensleeves, 1982] A-
  • Stop That Train [Greensleeves, 1983] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Two Bad D.J. [Greensleeves, 1982]
I've always had reservations about the avant-garde rep of Jamaican engineering--a lot of those whooshes, zooms, and sprongs strike me as the aural equivalent of a light show. So I get off when these two clowns play it as vaudeville. Trading chants over a fine array of twisted dials and session-man offbeats, they make sex & apocalypse & rockers' roles seem like such a cosmic joke that their rhythmic life can sneak up on you. Rub a dub and what do you get? You get the answer to one of life's stubbornest mysteries--how to come and laugh at the same time. A-

Stop That Train [Greensleeves, 1983]
If this album's enjoyably joky yarns and stoned satire seem to come from backstage while the debut's came from outer space, it's not just because the surprise factor is gone. It's also the settings, devised by Kingston's most dubwise studio astronauts on the first album but assigned here to rude Inity Rockers with ska accents and music hall tempos. B+