September 20, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B

England’s favorite proletarian troubadour has been strumming his socialism-with-a-smile songs for more than 12 years. This time out Billy Bragg balances a predictable, despairing lament for lost idealism (”From Red to Blue”) and a tribute to latent revolution (”A Pict Song”) with unabashed romance (”The Fourteenth of February”) and a poignant ode to domesticity and fatherhood (”Brickbat”). William Bloke is refreshing, grown-up, and cuddly all at the same time. B

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