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I asked a British fellow last spring, "Why does Joe Strummer die of a heart attack while Dick Cheney survives multiple strokes?" The Brit, whose leather jacket, slicked-back hair and socialist politics reminded me of Strummer himself, replied, "Because you need a heart to have a heart attack." This album is all heart, Strummer's last effort with his band, The Mescaleros, before he died last December. There are Clash-like rockers and reggae-inflected churners, plus a spine-tingling acoustic version of Bob Marley's "Redemption Song."

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