Album: Billy Bragg, Tooth & Nail (Cooking Vinyl)

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The Independent Culture

You'd think, five years since his last studio album and three into the coalition, Bragg would be bursting with political messages.

Instead, T&N – recorded over five days in Pasadena – concentrates on personal themes: confusion at TV science coverage, poor DIY skills, morality, love and death. Nevertheless, within the first song, he's mentioning "Politicians selling freedom/ Bumper sticker, 50 cents". Just like Levi Stubbs, he can't help himself.

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