Melancholic BILLY BRAGG Released 13th Album ‘THE MILLION THINGS THAT NEVER HAPPENED’

7 November 2021

Artist: BILLY BRAGG (Barking, Essex, England)
Active: Since 1977 / 13 studio albums (including new one)

New album: THE MILLION THINGS THAT NEVER HAPPENED

Bragg: “The Million Things That Never Happened isn’t about the pandemic
per se, but the highs and lows of what we’ve been through provide the backdrop
for the album, as they have done for all our lives over these past two years.”

NME says: “On his 13 studio album ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’,
Billy Bragg readily admits that, as a 63-year-old white man entering his fifth
decade as one of the country’s foremost political singer-songwriters, the so
called ‘culture wars’ can get confusing… Yet it is also album that leaves plenty
of room for nuanced, compassionate songwriting that never loses grip of its
sense of empathy. On the title track, Bragg sings about the things we’ve all lost
over the last two years: “A hug for the crying, a kiss for the dying”. It’s all but
impossible not to relate. In an age of division, ‘The Million Things That Never
Happened’ is a gentle embrace of what unites us all.”
Score: 3/5.

Turn Up The Volume: Bragg looks back at the past
while thinking today about tomorrow’s future. As
relevant as ever, still a sharp observer and entrancing
songsmith. Another record that happened.

Singles: Mid-Century Modern / I Will Be Your Shield /
Then Thousand Photos That Can’t Be Explained

– TEN MYSTERIOUS PHOTOS THAT CAN’T BE EXPLAINED –

– MID-CENTURY MODERN –

– I WILL BE YOUR SHIELD –

Stream/buy album here…


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BILLY BRAGG: Facebook

BILLY BRAGG Back In Town – New Album New Single

New, daily sonic impulses

15 July 2021

Artist: BILLY BRAGG (Barking, Essex, England)
Active: Since 1977 / 14 studio albums, so far

New LP: THE MILLION THINGS THAT NEVER HAPPENED
Out: 8th October 2021

Bragg: “The Million Things That Never Happened isn’t about the pandemic
per se, but the highs and lows of what we’ve been through provide the backdrop
for the album, as they have done for all our lives over these past two years.”

Album trailer

New single: I WILL BE YOUR SHIELD

Bragg: “To me, this is the heart and soul of the album. I’ve come to the conclusion
that empathy is the currency of music — that our job as songwriters is to help people
come to terms with their feelings by offering them examples of how others may have
dealt with a situation similar to that in which listeners find themselves. After what we’ve
ll been through, the idea of being a shield, physically, emotionally, psychologically, really resonates.”

I Will Be Your Shield is an appealing, heart-to-heart,
and soul-stirring piano ballad (think Nick Cave).

Tender and touching…

BILLY BRAGG: Facebook