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Tooth & Nail

Billy Bragg Audio CD
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He was born Steven William Bragg in Essex around the time Tommy Steele was climbing the singles charts with Happy Guitar and the Soviet Union was launching Sputnik 2 into space. Today, on the verge of the release of his eleventh and best album, Mr. Love & Justice, he is known as Billy Bragg by his loyalists worldwide yet he is still called Steven by his Mother and still referred to as the ... Read more in Amazon's Billy Bragg Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Mar 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00B00RJJO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Billy Bragg releases his first new studio album in five years "Tooth & Nail" on March 18 2013. Available formats are CD, LP and a limited special edition CD+DVD Bookpack. The limited special edition Bookpack includes the CD, a 36 page booklet containing exclusive photos and a collection of columns written by Billy originally published in Q magazine between 2008 and 2011, plus a DVD of 10 promotional videos that Billy made for his singles between 1986 - 2002. "Tooth & Nail" was recorded over a whirlwind five-day session with Grammy Award winning producer Joe Henry (whose impeccable production credits include Solomon Burke, Aimee Mann, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint) in his South Pasadena studio. Working with a small band of musicians whose talents had recently appeared on records by the likes of Bon Iver, Lana del Rey and Regina Spektor, the performances have a wonderfully spontaneous feel. The results are, according to Billy, a return to the rootsy sound of 1998's Mermaid Avenue sessions he recorded with Wilco - drawing on soul, country and folk music influences to explore the ups and downs of relationships that have stood the test of time. 'In 2011, I took a long, hard look at who I am and what I do. This album is the result.' Billy Bragg January 2013.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Billy Bragg album 18 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
I like this album very much. Billy Bragg recorded it with producer Joe Henry in Pasadena with a fine American band including pedal steel, which means his sound is a very long way from the angry young man that I first heard in the late 70s, singing and playing solo through a slightly distorted amplifier from the back of a van at a protest rally. This is musically and often lyrically much more mellow, but the old passions are still there and it's an album with real substance.

Overall, there is an Americana-ish feel to the disc, although it is quite varied: for example, when I first heard the opening January Song I thought immediately of Pentangle, and Chasing Rainbows (for me, the only slightly weak track) is an attempt at an out-and-out Country song. The political statements are still there, just dressed in more laid-back clothes. Woody Guthrie again gets moving and intelligent treatment with a great version of I Ain't Got No Home - which remains astonishingly pertinent today - and the original songs are very good, too. For example, in No One Knows Nothing Anymore we get the line, "What happens when the markets drop?...." which is classic Billy Bragg, as is "How can a man be strong/If he can't even lift up the telephone and say he's wrong?" in the lovely Swallow My Pride, and the title of There Will Be A Reckoning speaks for itself.

It's a lovely album to listen to. It is tuneful, very well played and produced and features wearier, softer vocals from Billy Bragg than his earlier material, but his old commitments remain strong and there is real heart and sincerity here. Don't expect Life's A Riot or Talking With the Taxman, but I think it's an excellent album and it's warmly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something to Bragg about 12 Dec 2013
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I've always liked Billy Bragg a lot. Not so much because of his music, but more for who his is, what he believes in and how he expresses himself. His music has almost been secondary to me, because, while tracks of his are superb in isolation, I've found it difficult to listen to whole albums, even his greatest hits compilation, because of his slightly shout-y singing voice which, unfortunately, just grates on me after a whole. The greatest thing for me about "Tooth & Nail", produced by the excellent Joe Henry (most recently responsible for Hugh Laurie's albums and Chas & Dave's 2013 comeback record, "That's What Happens"), is that Bragg's vocals are softer, more tuneful and much easier on the ear, but the lyrical integrity of Bragg's views and beliefs haven't been toned down at all, so it is just about perfect for me; his voice has literally never sounded better to my ears. The whole of this album is an impressive, eclectic mix of folk, pop, rock, blues, country and Americana all narrated by Bragg's distinctive, but noticeably softened, London accent and thoughtful, human lyrics.

The vast majority of this album really is excellent. Early album highlight, the broadly agnostic-themed "No One Knows Nothing Anymore" is a superb track, both musically and lyrically, the sleepy "Handyman Blues", which speaks of a complete lack of ability when it comes to DIY, is genuinely touching (and could have been written for me) and the sad but dignified "I Ain't Got No Home", a Woody Guthrie composition, describes an unwanted transient life and the unfair imbalance between the rich and poor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another ball to Billy's cannon 27 Mar 2014
By dl10
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This is another required Billy Bragg album. The book is very nice too, but its unusual size/ shape makes it difficult to store with other CDs. Annoying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its Ok 21 Feb 2014
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I heard one of the tracks on BBC morning news programme and thought it was marvellous. On the strength of that I bought it. Wish I hadn't bothered the rest of it is repetative and boring. I listened to the CD when it arrived a couple of months ago and I haven't touched it since. I should have just downloaded that one track. Shame, it had such promise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Billy Brag is fab! 27 Jan 2014
By Sorrel
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Brilliant, my mum loved it and actually so did I. Beautiful songs with real meaning. Would defiantly recommend to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, great tour 17 Jan 2014
By JSpenc
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I have many earlier Billy Bragg albums, but had not bought his more recent albums. Heard Billy play some songs from this on radio 5 and thought I must get it. Not disappointed - it is very county style/ folk style and quite a number of slow downbeat songs, but really like it. Saw Billy on his recent tour promoting this album and he was on good form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Deluxe is superior 10 Jan 2014
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The Deluxe Edition of Tooth And Nail is probably the best package for extras I've ever seen for a music CD. Looking like an old Ladybird book, it includes a DVD of Billy's often highly entertsining promo videos from the 80s and 90s, the lyrics for the new album and a handful of articles written by the artist for Q magazine. Beautifully presented but what of the music itself...

Billy sees Tooth And Nail as something of a continuation of the Mermaid Avenue albums he made with Wilco at the turn of the century. Recorded with four supporting musicians over just five days in Joe Henry's studio in South Pasadena, the emphasis is a bit more country than the folk-rock of the Wilco LPs but is nevertheless a very good album of Americana.

Mostly acoustic with none of the clanging electric guitar of Bragg's early albums, the musical settings bring out the very best of Billy's once maligned voice which has never sounded better. The lyrics also complement the music well with a general downbeat, world-weariness not typical of this usually most chipper of artists. Partially influenced by the recent death of his mother, the more introspective highlights include No One Knows Nothing Anymore, Over You and the simple but melodic opener January Song. "This is how the end begins".

It's not all doom and gloom though with the touching Handyman Blues, a humorous ode to all sensitive men who struggle once the package from B&Q arrives. As always with Billy, there's also a large degree of hope in particular with the closing Tomorrow's Going To Be A Better Day - a beacon of light at the end of an album which, like many these days, fades slightly over the final third.

Probably not quite Billy's finest album musically then but still a very fine LP and honest artistic statement. It still has plenty of highlights so I would give the album alone four stars - though the Deluxe Edition certainly deserves the full five.
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