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4* Review for Wake The Union in the FT

October 28th 2012

4* review for Wake The Union by David Honigmann in Saturday’s Financial Times Life & Arts section (online version “paywalled”).

The duo returns with less anger and more music ranging from jazz shuffles to slide guitar baiting“:
On 2009’s banker-bashing Arrogance Ignorance And Greed, Steve Knightley sounded thinned out by anger. He has refound his voice here, whether on the home territory of “Cruel River” (the Dart) or on the Louisiana lament “Katrina”. The music ranges from a Richard-Thompson jazz shuffle on “Company Town” to slide guitar baiting Cecil Sharp on “Aunt Maria”; “Stop Copying Me” turns a suspicious eye on the life virtual and digital.

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