Following the release of Don't Try This At Home
, Billy Bragg
went into seclusion for five years, as he raised his young child. William Bloke
reflects a newfound maturity for Bragg
, as he tones down his attack and returns to simple, acoustic-based arrangements. Though there are a few songs that are infused with his trademark leftist politics, most of William Bloke
is comprised of songs about fatherhood and maturity, which are warm, compassionate and melodic. In short, it's the sound of urban folk settling into adulthood without dreading its responsibilities.