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Excellent but not Mr Bragg,
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Billy Bragg has a reputation for a folky, punky, political style where he uses Estuary English to "reach out."
If that's what you were expecting, this may surprise you.
He recorded this in The USA and the Nashville effect has rubbed off somewhat. It could well be an album by a country star who wanted to become less commercial and show their artistic prowess. The occasional slide guitar gives the game away and the style will of course open up Mr Bragg to a new audience.
For the aficionados? Well, his balls have well and truly dropped here. it is grown up, intelligent, non political, non radical and an all round decent album. If it were a new artist I had never heard of I would be anticipating the next album, as the mix and style is easy on the ear. His voice has lost the accent and developed a growl that suits the mid Atlantic style of the album. I assume that on a tour, he will have to develop a split personality as the voice he uses here might not suit a sudden "I was a miner" chant whilst the old voice might not cut it with these excellent songs.
Buy it and I guarantee you will play it a few dozen times in the first few weeks. The tunes are catchy, the style easy and overall product excellent.
Just a bit surprised to see Billy Bragg make this transition. i like it.