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Music: Grace Petrie & The Benefits Culture

A superb album from folksinger Grace Petrie

Grace Petrie & The Benefits Culture

Love Is My Rebellion
(www.gracepetrie.com)

4 Stars

Even though she has been championed by Billy Bragg and toured with the comedians Josie Long and Robin Ince, Leicester-born folksinger Grace Petrie continues to work under the radar of the mainstream media.

It's their loss because the post-crash political broadsides and broken-hearted blues on Love Is My Rebellion, her fifth album, are further proof of her exceptional songwriting skills.

We're All In This Together is a Leon Rosselson-style takedown of some of the spineless political creatures we have the misfortune to be ruled by, while Bonfires In The Streets casts a thoughtful eye over Margaret Thatcher's death.

I Climbed A Mountain is a brilliant slice of positive philosophising while Protest Singer Blues references the most famous protest singers to great effect. With the music warmly fleshed out with banjo, violin, lap-steel guitar and understated percussion, Petrie continues to go from strength to strength.

Superb.

Ian Sinclair

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