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Billy Bragg: Talking With the Taxman About Poetry [Elektra, 1986]
How could one deny such a fine young man, especially with his harsh guitar and gratifying piano or trumpet reflecting his Clashy lineage when one thinks about it? That depends on how much one resents having to think about it. The lyrics are another matter--they're made to be thought about. Only soon one realizes that the politics, his forte if not his raison d'Ítre, are surprisingly clunky. And that when it comes to the cons and pros of getting married he never misses a trick. B+