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William Bloke CD

4.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (31 Oct. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B000024N2O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,890 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cooking Vinyl, COOKCD 100, Track listing: From Red To Blue Upfield Everybody Loves You Babe Sugardaddy A Pict Song Brickbat The Space Race Is Over Northern Industrial Town The Fourteenth Of February King James Version Goalhanger.

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I'm surprised by the other reviews here. Surprised by their lack of enthusiasm for what I feel is THE Billy Bragg album. Each to their own, and this is mine.
Why is this so good? A few things spring to mind, the usual worn-thin compliments ("good songman-ship", "heart-felt", "witty lyrics", etc.) and so on.
However, these are not new things to say about Billy Bragg. Good things, but they really don't dent the weight of gold this CD is made of.
As a mature, thoroughly well-realised statement of adult life you would be hard-pressed to find a more beautifully, painfully, moving set of songs.
Even in anger, and that's here too, BB allows you to be moved first and intellectually charmed second. Has a better manifesto for not treating each other like idiots than "Upfield" ever been written.
This is not the spurious, half-cocked, unrealistic vision of, say, Lennon's Imagine (fine song though it is). This is a blueprint we can each hold dear and hold it in reality, in our lives.
The title alone shows you where Bragg was coming from. William Blake's desire to make socialist art, mixed with myths and faith, and make it accessible to the layman, the "bloke" in the street. It's all here and it is a wonderful, wonderful record.
And, yes, you will contract "socialism of the heart", if you're not diseased with it already.
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This excellent album must be one of the hightpoints of Billy's total output and is one I return to again and again.
From the raucous "Upfield" to the gentle "The 14th of February", from the raw and powerful "A Pict Song" to the hilariously truthful "Goalhanger" this album really does have it all. The album also contains in my opinion Billy's best song, the achingly beautiful "Brickbat".
No-one mixes "pop and politics" as well as Billy and this album really does show him off at his pomp. But that said if anyone considers Billy just a singer of protest songs then they are very very wrong, as his songs of lost love clearly state.
How can you argue with a man who begins a song with the line, "He was trapped in a haircut he no longer belived in"? (King James Version)
Brilliant stuff!
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As a devotee of Billy Bragg's I came to this CD in a positive frame of mind. However, I was mainly disappointed. But then the full force of 'Brickbat', 'Goalhanger' and 'From Red to Blue' hit me - these are, in my opinion, Bragg classics. The best of the rest is Northern Industrial Town. An excellent effort in parts, but nowhere near the greatness of 'Workers' Playtime'
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Whilst the average music listener may not be aware of Bragg's musical works from beyond the 1980s, then listening to William Bloke certainly proves that Bragg was still producing such socially conscious music during the 1990s too. The lyrics are of the story-telling standard, so the average fan of pop music from this era maybe in for a culture shock with Bragg's lyricism throughout the entire album.
William Bloke may not be an essential purchase in all things Billy Bragg; it certainly provides its fans with another enjoyable album from a decade that you would not normally associate with his music. It is still worth revisiting for its thought-provoking lyrics, amongst Bragg's distinct voice in the world of all things folk-pop.
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