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Sleaford Mods, 'English Tapas'
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Sleaford Mods: ‘English Tapas’47/50

Sleaford Mods, 'English Tapas'

We Say: Sing-bark-rapping over post-punk groove loops, the Sleaford Mods are two forty-somethings who've watched their generation's disenfranchisement for awhile – see trackmeister Andrew Fearn's signature "STILL HATE THATCHER" T-shirt. They're basically a Sex Pistols for the new corporatocracy. With a rapid-fire East Midlands brogue that'll have most Yanks Googling every third line, Williamson hurls verses against beats like pint glasses against a pub wall, mirroring homeground redneck culture without apology or pandering – Nashville songwriters could learn plenty here. 

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