Beans on Toast....The Inevitable Train Wreck
Folk poet Beans on Toast treads a similar path to This Machine Kills Fascists but more thoughtfully; while the latter suggest direct action via party music, Beans is the older bloke offering a more nuanced commentary while being more baffled about the state of the world. Beans’ music is more melodic, presumably so when he tours he can play it solo on an acoustic guitar.
World Gone Crazy is a commentary on the modern world, heading for “The Inevitable Train Wreck”, not just political but climate change and deforestation. England I Love You opens with flute playing “He’s got the whole world in his hands” and is “a tale of dirty money” as an unelected leader moves into No who 10, and how we’re “going it alone as a divided nation”, “a small fish in a big pond with delusions of grandeur.” While This Machine rant “The world is full of idiots / and all the morons swallow it”, Beans on Toast is more nuanced, “He who owns the data owns the world” over gentle guitar and drums, and “Be careful who you hate / And remember someone else might be benefitting from it”.
Elsewhere the songs are about his child (the main topic of his last album), the rise of robots, logic bombs and inequality, even the most mundane topic (logic bombs attacking computers) getting harmonies.
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