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Class has no substitute,
This review is from: British Ballads (Audio CD)
As a long-standing fan of Anthony Reynolds' previous work with Jack and its Jacques alter ego, (the minor cult status of both being further proof of just how cloth-eared Joe and Joanna Public can be at times) I was delighted to see this release advertised in a music mag and ordered without delay.
Apart from simply being happy that this great voice hasn't disappeared from the face of the earth, I can add with relief that I had no regrets at all upon listening to it. Anyone particularly beguiled by Jack's more balladesque moments (and there were plenty of those) is going to be in aural Heaven within minutes of sticking this on. The album certainly reflects its title with a "less is more" approach to the arrangements of the songs - and what great songs they mostly are.
Anyone with a taste for Scott 1-4, or those rare moments when Neil Hannon allows genuine emotion to filter through his unfortunate love of irony, as well as anyone who knows why Marc Almond remains a wonderfully flawed national treasure is going to feel hugely rewarded by spending some time in Mr. Reynolds' company via these ballads.
For honesty's sake, I must admit that to my mind the album loses its grip somewhat towards the end, with the last three songs struggling to match the majesty of the first seven - but that first half hour or so is so great, I really don't mind. So four rather than five stars from this hairsplitter.
Mr Reynolds does not appear to crave anyone's approval or be prepared to get onto the promotional treadmill. Fair enough, respect etc., but that kind of singular stance always leaves me somewhat concerned that there won't be enough cash around to allow this great talent to make another record. Anyone of taste would find that a huge pity, so make a difference today and invest in sheer class. It deserves your ears.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2010, 21:49:53 BST
Kevin Clarke says:
Hear, Hear Glenn! Anthony Reynolds is a major talent, possessor of a superb singing voice and writer of beautiful, poetic lyrics. I've always thought that his music is just too damned FINE for the charts.
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