|Vox Magazine Review 1992|
- October 1992
Across eleven tracks, recorded live on tour in Ireland earlier this year,
Tom Robinson reinvents himself as a solo folk singer. But where some faded
rock stars may clutch desperately at the acoustic guitar, as a straw to
save them from the harsh realities of life without chart positions, our
Tom would appear to have made a sound and successful career move.
But then, with the possible exception of 'Yuppie Scum', Robinson's own translation of Jacques Brel's inflammatory 'Les Bourgeois', the songs here are uniformly less angry and embittered than they were back in his heyday as a pinko Punk.
Robinson's subject matter on 'Living In A Boom Time', 'My Own Sweet
Way', 'Rigging It Up Duncannon' and 'The Brits Come Rolling Back' is still
everyday social injustice in the post-AIDS, post-Thatcher era. But he
now handles his themes with a weary resignation which, paradoxically,
pushes the message home all the more effectively. And entertainingly.
Album Review by Chas de Whalley