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BREWING UP WITH BILLY BRAGG LP
01. It Says Here
02. Love Gets Dangerous
03. The Myth of Trust
04. From a Vauxhall Velox
05. The Saturday Boy
06. Island of No Return
07. St. Swithin's Day
08. Like Soldiers Do
09. The Guitar Says Sorry
10. Strange Things Happen
11. A Lover Sings
Label: Go! Discs
Cat #: AGOLP 4
The punkest record I've heard in a while, and it's not even "punk rock." Englishman BILLY BRAGG is heir apparent of the great PATRICK FITZGERALD (of "Safety Pin Stuck in My Heart" fame) in that he too mixes biting social and political commentaries with a heartfelt solo guitar-vocal performance. The edge and spontaneous communication characteristic of his live show are inevitably diminished on vinyl, but the integrity shines through. Folk punk at its best.
-Jeff Bale (from Maximum Rocknroll #23, March 1985)
Description: Think of rebellious folk songs of Ireland set to an electric guitar, or early Clash tunes minus drums and bass. That's right, it's just voice and guitar.
Opinion: I've found myself in the mood to listen to this quite a lot. Bragg's accent is quite heavy and I find accents of any kind distracting from the feel of the music and its universality, but the strong points of the album make this a refreshing change of pace, once and awhile, from all the crash-bang bands.
-Brady Rifkin (from Ink Disease #9, Summer 1985)