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Very, very good.,
This review is from: Victim of Geography (Audio CD)
This was the second Bragg set I discovered, about six months after buying (and being thrilled by) Back To Basics.
This is quite a departure. Well, that's not true, it's a departure in that BB is now accompanied by a band. And sometimes plays an acoustic guitar.
Stylistically this serves to add an overall refinement to the songs and they do come across as well-rounded and thoughtfully considered pieces. Do they lack they immediate passion of Back To Basics?
Here we hear a logical progression in the BB story. Lyrically Bragg is never on less than top form and "The Great Leap Forwards" and "Greetings To The New Brunette" all showcase the wondrously witty voice which perhaps was lost in the anger of the first albums.
In addition you also have "The Only One" and "Levi Stubbs Tears", both of which are excellent, fist-in-your-chest love-songs.
Bragg has always come across as a genuine, down-to-earth bloke and this is not lost in his art. Despite the more refined sound, you can still hear Billy Bragg loud and clear on this set.