Bragg scores again
I have to say, as much as I like the band version of the album, the solo version of the album really stands out, giving more emphasis of the terrific lyrics. I was puzzled by the song-by song downloads and not having the option of an album purchase, so I bought the physical CD instead. I would recommend the album highly though.
Good to see a new album finally released after six long years. We missed you Billy.....
Great work balancing poetic strength and passion.....
I can't stop singing these songs!
It is such a joy listening to this great new album from Billy Bragg. It harkens back to his classic album "Workers Playtime" while sounding fresh and new. Both the band version and solo version are worth the price.
Billy Bragg is Awesome
I've been a fan of Billy Bragg for some time now and I've got to say, he's still got it!!!
Just a solid, feel-good album
Many times when songwriters are this far into their career, their material inevitably gets stale. It's hard enough being avant-garde and relevant in one decade, let alone three. But Billy has not lost it. This record is solid through and through. Some of it fun, some of it somber, romantic, political - all the elements we've come to expect from him. It's very well produced, but he never over-does it. The protest songs don't come off as too preachy or obnoxious and all the songs are catchy and well thought-out. Billy's a bit calmer here, a lot more grown-up, and often that means boring (a-la recent Van Morrisson or Stones), but he still inserts enough of an edge into each song that it never sounds like a writer past his prime. It sounds like he's just comfortable now. There is nothing here that pushes the envelope, no new sound is created. But if you're already a fan I'm pretty sure you'll like it and maybe he'll even get some new fans out of this one too. Seeing as he's vastly under-rated and it's shocking how many don't know his name, I hope this record sounds somewhat resonant out there.