William Bloke CD
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Single Upfield is just great. Mature album. Not so good like Don't Try This at Home(91). Still one of the Braggs best albums.Published 18 months ago by Tauno Mathlin
After the excellence of 'Workers Playtime' & 'Don't Try This At Home' I was really looking forward to this one. But it never really catches fire in the way those albums do. Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2001