Billy Bragg

Tooth and Nail (Cooking Vinyl)

SXSW 2013 Records

Billy Bragg

Tooth and Nail (Cooking Vinyl)

"This is how the end begins," intones Billy Bragg softly on "January Song," opening track to the venerable UK songwriter's first studio album in five years. Less a pessimistic declaration than a call for release, the tune sets a contemplative tone that rings throughout, whether on the politically existential "No One Knows Nothing Anymore," a dire, downtrodden take on Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home," or the personally wrenched "Swallow My Pride." Bragg drips these songs with a country feel, steel guitar keeping sorrowful company on "Over You" and "Chasing Rainbows," though the latter's choral plea, "Don't let my complacent mind belie my loving heart," may be a first for honky-tonk. Despite dark rocker "There Will Be a Reckoning," dramatic pull of "Your Name on My Tongue," and mournful "Goodbye, Goodbye," Bragg insists on closing defiantly optimistic with the acoustic "Tomorrow's Going to Be a Better Day." (9pm, St. David's Historic Sanctuary)


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Billy Bragg
All or Nothing
All or Nothing
Rock & roll's MVP keyboardist, Ian McLagan, was first and foremost an Austinite for the last 20 years of his life

Tim Stegall, March 20, 2015


Billy Bragg, March 19, 2010

More Music Reviews
Review: Large Brush Collection & Creekbed Carter Hogan, <i>Split</i>
Review: Large Brush Collection & Creekbed Carter Hogan, Split
Tape of tender lullabies envisions a warm refuge for queer people

Wayne Lim, May 12, 2023

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Doug Freeman
"Welcome Home" to the Kerrville Folk Festival
Five neighborly artists to see onstage at Quiet Valley Ranch

May 26, 2023

Temple of Angels' Joyful Dream-Pop Return and Five More Songs From Austin Artists
Temple of Angels' Joyful Dream-Pop Return and Five More Songs From Austin Artists
New music picks from Sabrina Ellis, DAIISTAR, Wilson Marks, and more

May 19, 2023


Billy Bragg

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle