Label: Mad Muse Link: www.billmadden.com Buy: Amazon UK Having never heard of Bill Madden before putting this CD into my laptop I really didn't know what to expect and off the back of the first track 'Unfair' I really wasn't looking forward to the 13 tracks I had stretched out in front of me but It did grow on me quite quickly after that initial disappointment. The whole 'activist folk artist' tag seems to get thrown at anyone with who brandishes acoustic and references some war in their lyrics but with Bill Madden you really get the sense that he means every word he says. Although I found the vast majority of this record bordering too heavily on mount cheese, the sorrow and conviction in his voice sold it to me. I think it's a case of activist first musician second here. Personal highlight for me is the haunting track,  'What the Man Does'. 6.5/10