In fairness to Tijinder Singh, the rock n’ roll currency of being insulated from the outside world is another band’s problem: England Is A Garden is Cornershop’s first album of new material in eight years, a format which the never less than brutally honest singer has admitted that these days “No one gives a shit about”.
This isn’t of course quite true, but the quiet renaissance of the long player has frequently been due to recycled material as opposed to new: splitting the difference, England Is A Garden spends most of it’s time wallowing in the whimsical Anglo-centric sounds of the mid-late 20th century, of the glam and the wily blues-rock coined first in the early seventies.
Much of it is also politically centered, Singh despairing of the country’s lapse into the shabby politics and attitudes to race of that intolerance pockmarked era, but as a songwriter he remains one worth his salt, St. Marie Under Canon, No Rock Save In Roll and the album’s title track all rousing examples of keeping the past very much alive.
He cares, and so should you. Cornershop are still making all the wrong choices, but more than enough of the right music.
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