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Album Review: The Million Things That Never Happened by Billy Bragg
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Despite his reputation as a left-wing firebrand, Billy Bragg has always been more of a pure folk singer, one who sings about the world around him and the life he’s leading at that particular time. Indeed, his best moments have often had nothing to do with politics, such as his 1988 album, Workers Playtime, which remains one of the best break-up albums of our time. For The Million Things That Never Happened, Bragg has documented the troubles of the last couple of years.
Seasons come and seasons go, but Billy Bragg remains on the picket line of pop, with a placard in one hand and a guitar in the other. 'The Million Things That Never Happened' offers more carefully hewn analysis, yet its Autumnal country-rock feel - in part due to production from Magic Numbers' Romeo Stodart - has an empathetic warmth that wraps around you like the embrace of an old friend. 'Should Have Seen It Coming' is a neat opener, while 'Freedom Doesn't Come For Free' contains some universal wisdom.