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and have their collective arms sloping along the ground, scratching it until the fingernails tear. The title track, If You Ever Leave, I Keep Faith (with Robert Wyatt guesting) and O Freedom salvage the record somewhat, but overall there’s a strong notion of the one-man Clash having somehow transformed into an eight-legged Brotherhood of Man.
Downoad track: I Keep Faith
Long regarded as something of a national treasure by the UK music media (as well as an influential reference point for the likes of Jamie T, Jack Penate and Remi Nicole), Billy Bragg continues his decline into middle-age with an album – his first studio recording in six years – that does little to maintain his standing. Declamatory singing and an acute ear for melody were always Bragg’s calling cards, but here there are few reasons to be cheerful. Songs such as I Almost Killed You, Sing Their Souls Back Home, You Make Me Brave Farm Boy