Chiefs of Relief

Chiefs of Relief

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Like Big Audio Dynamite without the samples or Don Letts, ex-Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and ex-Bow Wow Wow guitarist Mark Ashman's Chiefs of Relief's debut album stakes out musical territory in throwing distance of the Beastie Boys "Fight for Your Right to Party." Huge Rick Rubin-esque beats and large open guitar chords dominate the music, while simple, dogmatic statements of rock purpose ("Freedom to Rock," "Kickin' out a Noise," "One Force One Crew One Song") rule the lyric side of things. Nothing's quite as catchy as the opening "Chiefs of Relief" (despite common wisdom against songs named after the group who sings them), and the album doesn't contain their debut single, "Weekend" (their other catchy number). A mild momento of the aftermath of DefJam's invasion of England, and one that hasn't aged too well.

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