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By Trash Compactor submitted

The album starts with a fake radio show intro, including samples of pop artists. Quite funny, but I found it somewhat annoying having to listen to it every time I put the cd in. Then Higgins++ breaks into the first song with a punk guitar and angry lyrics. A look into the inlay is enough to have my suspicions confirmed: Andy Higgins is the one and only band member. No drums, no bass, only one angry man and his guitar. Higgins++ sounds like a punk version of Billy Bragg to me. Did I say punk? Okay, let me explain: I´m not talking about the kind of punk you might find on MTV. When I say punk I mean the old, political British style of punk. His guitar play and song writing remind me of old Stiff Little Fingers punk classics. He sings as if he gurgles with nails. I would call it punk rock if the man had a band. But what would this man need a band for? His style of singing and his guitar play kick you right in the face, so who needs drums and basses? I really dig this kind of “urbane folk punk”. Okay, I don´t think I could listen to this all day, but guys like Higgins++ show us all that there is still some honesty in music bizz. (pep)

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