Release Date: Apr 22, 2008
Record label: Anti
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative, Folk
It's both significant and troubling that Billy Bragg's best albums since releasing Talking with the Taxman About Poetry in 1986 were the two Mermaid Avenue volumes, in which Bragg set Woody Guthrie's unpublished lyrics to new music with Wilco serving as his collaborators and backing band, suggesting that this former one-man band suddenly needed plenty of help to communicate with his audience. Bragg sounded confident and all but unbeatable on his first few albums in the '80s, but political and creative uncertainty have dominated much of his work since then. Which is why Mr.
Billy Bragg’s studio return finds him in his comfort zone provided by the Blokes and producer Grant Showbiz under yet another title copped from novelist Colin MacInnes. Absolute Beginners had already been taken, and apparently Loving Them Both: A Study Of Bisexuality didn’t have the right ring to it, so Mr. Love & Justice would have to suffice. You’re probably thinking that with the world in turmoil and the U.S.