England, Half English

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Q Magazine
    60
    The result is almost entirely vaudevillian. [Mar 2002, p.116]
  2. His pontification gets in the way of his songwriting.
  3. Unfortunately, his own lyrics are best when they're intimate and pointed, which they rarely are here.
  4. Bragg and The Blokes' delivery sounds just as dated as the social traditions they lampoon.
  5. Blender
    40
    Here the pleas and tirades strive heavy-handedly, little aided by the Blokes' equally unsubtle barroom marches. [Apr/May 2002, p.112]
  6. While his rhetoric remains fiery, the material is weak.
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  1. Dec 11, 2013
    7
    Having taken an extended break to work on the Mermaid Avenue project, England Half English sees Bragg's work highly influenced by hisHaving taken an extended break to work on the Mermaid Avenue project, England Half English sees Bragg's work highly influenced by his experiences with the roots of American folk over the previous 8 years or so. Here more than ever before there is an obvious and understandable Guthry feel to his material. The record while missing some of the dynamicism of his best work is solid through out and is only a couple of stronger tracks short of being excellent. Refreshing to hear him sticking to his principles as he gets older no sign of him mellowing. "Jane Allen" and "Take Down The Union Jack" are my favourite tracks off the record. Full Review »