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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

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We’re guess­ing the moniker is from an un­fin­ished Nir­vana out­take (for Nev­er­mind), but for­mer And So I Watch You from Afar mem­ber Tony Wright isn’t say­ing. Tak­ing not so much a side­step as a gi­ant leap, Wright re­moves him­self from ASIWYFA’s pul­veris­ing, hypnotic modus operandi and re­places it with some­thing softer and less ex­cit­ing. That said – and wip­ing away the con­nec­tion with his for­mer band is cru­cial – the al­bum has much to rec­om­mend it, not least a sure-footed sense of how to mix re­bel­lious­ness, pol­i­tics and punked-up rootsi­ness with­out putting a foot wrong. So make way for evoca­tive Neil Young vibes ( Help My­self), coun­trifed Clash ( You Can’t Win Back Your Free­dom If You’ve Never Been Free) and a mil­i­tary two-step down the nape of your neck ( Uni­fied Unity – Sing for Seeger). Down­load: Three, You Can’t Win Back Your Free­dom If You’ve Never Been Free, Com­mon Prayer

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