Review of Billy Bragg – Tooth & Nail (Dine Alone / Universal Music Canada)

Billy BraggIs Billy Bragg mellowing with age? Recorded in a short five-day span, Tooth & Nail marks the first new solo music from the iconic songwriter in five years and shows a more reflective side of the artist than what I was expecting. From the sentimental album opener January Song through other songs like Handyman Blues and Do Unto Others, the fire seems to be burning a little less in Bragg’s belly with this new album. Of course, this doesn’t do anything to diminish the impact of the songs on Tooth & Nail in the least.