• billy bragg Bridges Not Walls (6-track CD, £5.25)

    label: cooking vinyl

    Life comes at you real fast these days. Whatís a singer-songwriter to do when events keep challenging the way that we see the world? Before weíve had a chance to digest one startling development, along comes another to throw us off balance again. Iíve been grubbing up songs for the past 12 months, but without the space to get an album together due to other projects, so Iíve decided to start dropping tracks, one a month between now and the end of the year. As always, theyíre my way of trying to make some sense of whatís going on. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters is the name of an etching created in 1799 by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya. The title struck a chord with me when trying to understand the events of last year. The lies and hubris of the Leave campaign in our EU referendum was echoed and amplified by Donald Trumpís presidential campaign. Only by restoring empathy and reason can we hope to defeat the monstrous forces of nationalism and untruth. Tracklisting 

1. The Sleep Of Reason
 2. King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood 3. Why We Build The Wall
 4. Saffiyah Smiles
 5. Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted 
6. Full English Brexit

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