Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Billy Bragg - Bridges Not Walls (2017)

Now there's folks speaking Russian in Tesco's....

  

Released November 2017

TRACK LISTING

1. The Sleep Of Reason
2. King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood
3. Why We Build The Wall
4. Saffiyah Smiles
5. Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted
6. Full English Brexit                                          

Sometimes, particularly these days, one can get quite disillusioned by what is going on in the country, and indeed, the world. It is at times like those that I find I turn to Billy Bragg. He never lets me down. He meets modern day issues head on. “Saffiyah Smiles” is about an Asian girl who faced down a loathsome fascist thug with a smile; “Why We Build The Wall” attempts to ask if there is some sort of reason to Trump’s America; “King Tide And Sunny Day Flood” addresses the problem of climate change; and on the magnificent “Full English Brexit” Bragg sings in the role of a “leaver” moaning about “measuring in metres not feet”.

Yes, he can be a little bit ham-fisted in his delivery, but his heart is in the right place and, as he does here, he is brave enough to sing in the persona of his political opponents, not an easy thing to do.Thanks Billy. You restore my faith that I am not alone. As you have done for thirty years.


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