Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The Alarm

  • Declaration [I.R.S., 1984] C+
  • Change [I.R.S., 1989] C

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Declaration [I.R.S., 1984]
Oh, I know who they sound like--that Mick-cum-Joe front man, those football choruses, the militant strum of it all. Brings a tear to the eye, yes it does. But the whatchacallum, the Clash, wrote whatchacallum--songs! And does anybody know what these boys are declaring for? C+

Change [I.R.S., 1989]
Breaking on through, they sounded a lot like the Clash. College radio staples, they sound a lot like U2. Ain't artistic evolution somethin'? C