Hellcat - 2003 - 41 minutes

Posthumous albums carry with them a weight that can leave fans aching for what was and will never be. 'Streetcore', however, is an exception to cherish: one that leaves you more uplifted after hearing it than you were before.

Largely recorded just months before Strummer's death last December and completed by bandmates this year, it burns brightly with all the styles he called his own during his life. Inside its perfect number of ten songs, you can spin all the way back to Clash history on 'Arms Aloft', find Strummer making Marley's 'Redemption Song' his own, recharge on the exhilaration of 'All in Day's beats and then stand tall for the final country salute of 'Silver and Gold'.

But best of all is 'Long Shadow', the track written for (though never recorded by) Johnny Cash. Barren and acoustic, its roots sound is so pure and perfect that the song shakes off the present day and becomes timeless. And the rest of the album isn't far behind.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Coma Girl - Get Down Moses - The Long Shadow - Arms Aloft In Aberdeen - Ramshackle Day Parade - Redemption Song - All In A Day - Burnin' Streets - Midnight Jam - Silver & Gold