If you're new to his music, seeing him live is still the best introduction. He talks to the audience at length between songs as if he's catching up with old friends one minute and inspiring a political rally the next. I've taken many friends to Bragg gigs over the years, and while one couple was turned off by the chatter, the rest left utterly charmed and converted.
Billy Bragg plays the Ark on Tuesday, March 21.
[Review published March 2006]