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England, Half English
Billy Bragg and The Blokes
England, Half English
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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'England, Half-English', is his first album of all-original songs in over five years, features Billy and his touring band The Blokes continuing that spirit of rollicking collaboration. As always, Billy deftly mixes the p...  more »

      
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'England, Half-English', is his first album of all-original songs in over five years, features Billy and his touring band The Blokes continuing that spirit of rollicking collaboration. As always, Billy deftly mixes the personal and the political on a dozen tracks that are by turns joyous, rocking, angry, inspiring, melancholy and beautiful. 2002.

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Not the best, but not bad
uffda_bill | Minnesota | 03/24/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"First, let me say, I have been a huge fan of Billy's since 1990. I have attended concerts, bought T-shirts, and played his music full blast on many a day.The album contains a few gems, a few mediocre songs, and a few that are painful to hear. Being a HUGE fan of the British Isles, I found the song "Take Down the Union Jack" to inspire a bit of melancholy and a bit of acceptance...the Isles have changed.Other songs like "Baby Farouk", "Distant Shore", and "Tears of My Tracks", bring you to remember some of his older albums quite fondly.This album is fairly decent, but is missing something. Compared to William Bloke this is one notch below. This album most directly corresponds to Don't Try This at Home...So, if you are a Billy Bragg fan, you should buy this album (if only for Take Down the Union Jack). If you have never listened to Billy before, then I suggest you go pick up Back to Basics or William Bloke before hand."
It's called satire
John C Washburne | 03/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"To the genius from Portland who seems to think Billy is a racist: you might also enjoy reading the work of cannibal author Jonathon Swift."
The Latest but not quite the Greatest...
Ben | Walcott, IA | 03/12/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Barreling out of the success of the Mermaid Avenue collections, a popular Woody Guthrie-written collaboration with Wilco, Billy Bragg went into the studio with producer Grant Showbiz and his touring band The Blokes to put out a rollicking good and fun album that shows his changing style.Billy shows an almost Beatles-esque style on his first track, entitled St. Monday, which speaks in a joking manner of the workplace hours in an office.No Power Without Accountability, the fifth track on the album, shines with a Springsteen-like flavour that makes you almost believe that Max Weinberg is in the back of the studio wailing away on the set to drum out the steady snare beat which is so unaccustomed in Billy Bragg albums. The highlight of the album comes with "Take Down the Union Jack", a different kind of song that many die-hard Bragg-fans have been missing. From the first words of this anti-nationalist anthem, Billy Bragg is accompanied by just his guitar, alone against the world, and one is reminded of his old days.
It made me remember a picture of him that I have, taken from the back, where he is standing alone in front of a crowd at Wembley Stadium, with his guitar slung behind him like the last lone socialist soldier.
And being the only person under 40 that can pull off talking about Socialism without coming off self-conscious, he may be the last of his breed."