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Setting Sons (album) by The Jam

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Setting Sons
Setting Sons by The Jam (1979)
Overall rank: 848th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 261 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1979 (18th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (202nd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (848th)

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The Jam bestography

Setting Sons is ranked 2nd best out of 19 albums by The Jam on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Jam is All Mod Cons which is ranked number 592 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 4,431.

The Jam album bestography « Higher ranked (592nd) This album (848th) Lower ranked (986th) »
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70/100
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79/100
 
90/100
06/19/2019 20:26
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The peak of Weller's career as a songwriter and lyricist, though it's not as enjoyable of a listen as some of the other Jam albums. Side one is okay, but doesn't do much for me. Then the run from "Burning Sky" to "Eton Rifles" is four terrific songs, one after another, the most consistent stretch of good material on any Jam album. I don't understand the criticism of "Heatwave" here - it's an adequate cover of a great song, and while it lacks the spontaneity of The Who's version, at least they used the correct words here.
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A mod album that passes an political message at the UK state of the moment.
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Stunning album. Articulate, biting social commentary and a brilliant distillation of what was going on in England at the time. Thinking mans music par excellence
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Takes getting used to, but grows on you quick. Really good music. Good pop rock.
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Name a bad song on this classic album .... ok maybe the heat wave remake. But otherwise but from the moment the phone rings on the
Opening track, it is awesome .... should definately be in top 500.
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90/100
The second of The Jam's three masterpieces, setting sons, is a rip roaring record full of energy and great songs. The Who influences are still there but they sound more and more like themselves with each release. The album starts frantically with the three song blitz of, girl on the phone, thick as thieves, and, private hell. Other highlights include, Smithers-Jones, a wonderful song from Bruce Foxton, and the superb, Eton rifles. Another excellent album then from The Jam.
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The Jam's best album in my opinion, every track is brilliant.
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A very excellent and enjoyable album.Favorites:The Eton Rifles & Wasteland.
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all of it is CLASSIC except for Heatwave,which is useless...
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Smithers-Jones is my fav
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