Setting Sons (studio album) by The Jam

Setting Sons by The Jam
Year: 1979
Overall rank: 1,034th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 303 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1979 (18th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (225th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,034th)
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The Jam bestography

Setting Sons is ranked 3rd best out of 20 albums by The Jam on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Jam is All Mod Cons which is ranked number 738 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,564.

The Jam album bestography « Higher ranked (950th) This album (1,034th) Lower ranked (2,824th) »
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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 303 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.7/100, a mean average of 77.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.8.

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95/100
From 08/18/2019 07:52
The timing of this release was absolutely perfect, lyrically superb. I would have prefereed another Weller composition instead of Heatwave and I prefer the guitar version of Smithers-Jones but they are minor grumbles
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From 09/27/2018 21:39
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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70/100
From 09/01/2018 17:19
A mod album that passes an political message at the UK state of the moment.
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From 10/17/2017 23:56
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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75/100
From 08/06/2017 14:00
Takes getting used to, but grows on you quick. Really good music. Good pop rock.
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From 04/09/2017 10:43
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
From 05/31/2016 18:54
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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85/100
From 08/06/2013 17:59
The Jam's best album in my opinion, every track is brilliant.
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From 06/23/2011 20:05
A very excellent and enjoyable album.Favorites:The Eton Rifles & Wasteland.
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From 05/02/2011 19:41
all of it is CLASSIC except for Heatwave,which is useless...
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