Back to Basics
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Back to Basics is not 'sparse'. If you pay attention to the genre that Bragg plays for, you will understand. Bragg plays FOLK MUSIC. It is supposed to be sparse. Its about a guitar, ideas, and poetry. Not a brass band or electronic keyboard or synthesizer.
Back to Basics is an excellent album for anyone interested in stretching guitar strings and the edgy nature of folk into liquid lyricism. The best songs are "Between the Wars" "A New England" (a punky like folk song about finding a new love or new girl), "Lovers Town Revisited" (an up tempo and catchy tune of a youth's petty addictions), "Turn the World Upside Down" (Bragg's version of an older song that explicates the plight of The Diggers who defied the Lords of 17th Century England that appropriated the common land from the people) and "The Busy Girl Buys Beauty".Read more ›
If you're a new Billy Bragg fan, this is the album to begin with. Even if you're not that enthusiastic about Bragg, I highly recommend picking this CD up. Pure genius!
Though I like his more recent stuff with Wilco, Back to Basics seems more consistently enjoyable. With Bragg's mixture of folk and some British punk influence, I can listen to the CD over and over again and still enjoy it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title says it all - this is also a must have for any Billy Bragg collection. The political relevance of many of his songs that were written in the 80's was scary!!! Good stuff!Published on December 30, 2013 by Chris Kay
This is the best of Billy Bragg, without a doubt. I had lost my cassette tape of this album and when I got the cd and played it, I still remembered why I loved it! Excellent!Published on September 19, 2009 by D. Ledin
A must-have for any Billy Bragg fan. Despite the fact that politically charged music these days tends to risk sounding a bit contrived (or at least dimly uninsightful), Bragg's... Read morePublished on April 1, 2008 by M. Bower
What I like best about Billy Bragg is his wonderful, quirky sense of irony. While he croons on about his working class `identity,' social justice, and the wonders of... Read morePublished on February 4, 2006 by Captain Cook
While anyone who has only heard more recent Billy Bragg music may find this hard to believe, this album is a stunner. Read morePublished on December 14, 2005 by Garth
This album is possibly one of my favourite albums ever. Most of the plus points about this album have already been covered, in the previous reviews; so read through them (the... Read morePublished on March 18, 2005 by Kev
this is a really good cd i like the fact there is only a guitar yet the whole album is never boring. Read morePublished on December 17, 2003 by keith
I've been listening to this album pretty consistently for the last thirteen years or so. It is a lot to sift through for those who may be just getting into Billy Bragg, but worth... Read morePublished on December 4, 2002 by Kevin Leahy
The point is he was a truly great songwriting talent at the time. Tunes and lyrics that can stand up to his foghorn voice have to be outstanding. Read morePublished on December 9, 2000
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