Richard does a mean line on relationships, and sexual infidelity in particular and Johnny’s Far Away follows in that tradition, along with the anger ridden I’ll Never Give it Up in which he invites all comers outside in the car park for a good old tear up, shades of a ‘Nineties Thompson classic I Feel So Good.
The outstanding track for me is the truly shocking "Dad’s Gonna Kill Me" (video below) which tells the story of a terrified soldier serving in Iraq as he observes death and destruction up close and personal via a road side bomb. Non of this matters to his US General who proclaims; "at least we’re winning on the Fox Evening News".
Richard’s under rated guitar playing comes to the fore and is given more prominence on this record, and as ever he makes excellent use of a limited vocal range.
But it’s the songs that typically make this a very good set and a reminder that Richard is an un appreciated national treasure, right up there with Morrissey, Elvis Costello, Billy Bragg and Ray Davies as one of England’s greatest working song writers.