The Men They Couldn't Hang   How Green Is The Valley
Release Date: 1986

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3.0 goodIai EMERITUS | June 12th 11

A combination of The Pogues and Billy Bragg at his most political. In a sense it's a little disappointing because it dispenses with two of the most obvious strengths of those acts (the diverse instrumentation of The Pogues and the ability to flip between finger wagging and tenderness that both they and Bragg had), but those things aren't missed - The Men They Couldn't Hang are much more direct and unambiguous in their approach, and that helps them feel like their own band rather than a sum of their influences. rIt's pretty dated (you could almost peg this to a specific year, let alone a decade), but it's got a lot of charm in its robust rantings, and that's more than a lot of political music can offer. Certainly worth hearing if you've run your Pogues albums into the ground and the Dubliners are just a little too Irish for you.


4.0 excellentSnowdog808 | April 23rd 16
3.0 goodHep Kat | February 23rd 11
3.5 greatEhar | November 23rd 10

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