RUSS SUBSTANCE: The Safest Place to Hide a Book: CD

This little album is totally adorable. Billy Bragg comparisons are inevitable, given the British-man-with-discernable-accent-and-acoustic-political-songs thing that Russ Substance has going on. I like that this has a little zine-ish insert with the lyrics. I love the first track, “Kings and Queens,” because it is so earnest and hopeful and you can hear him clearing his throat before he starts to sing. Most of the songs on this album are charming and catchy in a sweet, acoustic punk kind of way. I’m all over it.

 –jennifer (At the Library)