It’s time for a change of style. So far this year, we’ve had humour, jazz, blues, folk and indie themes – today it’s pop and soul.
Visually, Rag’n’Bone Man cuts a striking figure. He stands 1.96 m (6′ 4″) tall and weighs 125 kg (275 lbs, or nearly 20 stone). And his big frame carries an equally big voice. But it’s not the size or the power of the man that impresses, it’s the depth of his soul.
I could have chosen almost any song from his two albums to illustrate how Rag’n’Bone Man‘s songwriting reaches through even the thickest of skins and touches many a faltering heart. My choice of Party’s Over is really just an excuse to spread the word about a new anthology of poetry and artwork.
A Fish Rots From the Head “expresses the fury and betrayal felt by working people about the leadership of this country”, focusing mainly on the Partygate scandal. It is a gritty 100-page rant by members of the UK intelligentsia. Every verse, cartoon or snippet of prose is clever and amusing – some are laugh-out-loud funny. If you have bridled at our PM’s dissembling over the ‘work’ gatherings in the garden at 10 Downing Street, you will enjoy it immensely.