Single review: JAMES REYNE – Toon Town Lullaby

JAMES REYNE – Toon Town Lullaby

Bloodline Records [Release date 08.06.20]

First single from his forthcoming “Toon Town Lullaby” album (his 12th, due out 12 July).

‘Toon Town Lullaby’ confirms that Reyne has reached the ‘mature balladeer’ stage in his long career. The distinctive, powerful voice that propelled his band, Australian Crawl to chart topping fame – and as a solo artists, many times – proves also to have successfully endured 40 years of tour grind and recording studio anguish.

The haunting, wistful ‘Toon Town Lullaby’ takes us back to Reyne’s finest, post Australian Crawl hour, on his “A Whiff of Bedlam” album, released in 1994. That was the moment he truly found his voice as a solo artist, and his achingly yearning delivery on ‘Toontown’ seems somehow to echo those moments of personal discovery.

Lyrically, the song swings from the controversial death of Texan country boy, Blaze Foley, in 1989, referenced in the Lucinda Williams’ song ‘Drunken Angel’, and the desertion of Reyne’s classical muse, compelling him to leave ‘Toontown’.

No doubt the full album will reveal more.

Review by Brian McGowan


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