Tooth & Nail

Billy Bragg - Tooth & Nail
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2013 Ratings: #326 / 1100
User Score
Based on 10 ratings
March 19, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Cooking Vinyl / Label
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New stuff for him every bit, from pain to process, and consequently unprecedented in his previous work is the sweet melancholy measure of his voice. His songwriting, too, emerges liberated, lyrics forged, melodies flowing.
American Songwriter
It’s Bragg’s voice that’s most prominent of course: warm and resonant, but also mournful at times, tinged with regret, that of an old soul looking at the world and shaking his head at its follies.
Drowned in Sound

Tooth & Nail is a largely warm and comfortable record that sees Bragg often playing the musician as opposed to the activist; reminding the listener how competent he is in the role of the former.

Consequence of Sound

The singer proves he can be every bit as raw and unnerved when looking himself in the mirror as he is when attempting to tackle society’s bigger issues. 


The tone of Tooth and Nail, lyrically and musically, is “mature” and “sophisticated” in a way that stops short of dull and ends up feeling pleasantly familiar, like reuniting with an old friend.


Favourites: There Will Be A Reckoning and Your Name On My Tongue


Great record. Your Name on My Tongue instantly jumps off as one of his most accessible tracks.

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Track List

  1. January Song
  2. No One Knows Nothing Any More
  3. Handyman Blues
  4. I Aint Got No Home
  5. Swallow My Pride
  6. Do Unto Others
  7. Over You
  8. Goodbye, Goodbye
  9. There Will Be A Reckoning
  10. Chasing Rainbows
  11. Your Name On My Tongue
  12. Tomorrow s Going To Be A Better Day

Year End Lists

#37/American Songwriter
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Added on: March 13, 2013