Tooth & Nail (Deluxe Edition) CD+DVD, Limited Edition
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Overall, there is an Americana-ish feel to the disc, although it is quite varied: for example, when I first heard the opening January Song I thought immediately of Pentangle, and Chasing Rainbows (for me, the only slightly weak track) is an attempt at an out-and-out Country song. The political statements are still there, just dressed in more laid-back clothes. Woody Guthrie again gets moving and intelligent treatment with a great version of I Ain't Got No Home - which remains astonishingly pertinent today - and the original songs are very good, too. For example, in No One Knows Nothing Anymore we get the line, "What happens when the markets drop?...." which is classic Billy Bragg, as is "How can a man be strong/If he can't even lift up the telephone and say he's wrong?" in the lovely Swallow My Pride, and the title of There Will Be A Reckoning speaks for itself.
It's a lovely album to listen to. It is tuneful, very well played and produced and features wearier, softer vocals from Billy Bragg than his earlier material, but his old commitments remain strong and there is real heart and sincerity here. Don't expect Life's A Riot or Talking With the Taxman, but I think it's an excellent album and it's warmly recommended.
Someone also remarked that this album sounded more "American" in tone, and I'd agree with that. Whether it's the themes of the songs or Joe Henry's production, the album DOES have a slightly different vibe, especially if you go back and compare it to the records Bragg made in the 1980s. He may not be the angry young man who many of us were so captivated by back in those days, but he still has a lot to say and this is a consistently good album with that familiar Bragg "bite" in just the right places. There are a few tracks that don't move me, but overall this one is a keeper. Songs like "There Will Be a Reckoning," "Your Name on My Tongue" and "Goodbye, Goodbye" rank with his very best compositions.
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Had never listened to Billy Bragg and will definitely get more of his work. He has a wide range of work from love songs to political ballads.Published on February 7, 2014 by Thalia Johnson
I hadn't bought a Billy Bragg record in twenty years but I ordered this one after listening to the preview samples and I was glad I did.Published on November 30, 2013 by M. Ferguson
Time to fall in love with good music and records again.... I know this album won't sell millions... but it absolutely full of emotion and "levels"Published on October 2, 2013 by Just Ric
Like a fine Malt Whiskey Billy Bragg keeps the undertones of who he always was and will be and goes down easy.Published on October 2, 2013 by Roger W. Macdonald-evoy
This album is one more work from Billy Bragg that you would have destroyed if you’d bought it vinyl. Well done.Published on September 14, 2013 by Spartacus
Billy Bragg, an ever-changing artist, with each stop along the musical road adds new fans and followers to his long-standing fan base.Published on August 9, 2013 by C. Huff
Tooth and Nail is a great new album by Billy Bragg. I love the song Goodbye Goddbye. whole alnum is greatPublished on July 6, 2013 by Thomas Wodock