Anthony Reynolds releases his long-awaited album 'British Ballads' on 10 December 2007. Also currently available is his 'Ponies EP'.
Here's what the press release says about the album:
"Debut solo album from ex-lead singer of Jack (...and Jacques). Features guest appearances from Vashti Bunyan, Colin Wilson (author), John Howard (70s cult crooner), Dot Allison, Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins).
Though Jack were press darlings and big in France if not Japan, their intelligent pop of doomed romance, dirty streets and Nabokov and Cocteau references failed to see them looking dour through fringes on Top of the Pops.
After three albums from Jack and a variety of side projects, 'British Ballads' is the first true solo album that can be filed under Anthony Reynolds.
We are lyrically in a world of grime, hopes, city lights and stars. Reynolds also dares to dabble with Rupert Brooke’s classic poem The Hill with the assistance of philosopher Colin Wilson. It seems quite obvious that Reynolds should work with Colin Wilson, just how thumbed and pencil-marked could his copy of Wilson’s 50’s existentialist work "The Outsider" be?
Dot Allison also sings beautifully on the opening song, I Know You Know, and she is a woman with impeccable taste when it comes to aiding and abetting others having worked with Death in Vegas, Arab Strap and Hal David. 70s cult crooner John ’Kid In A Big World" Howard also contributes some Liberace-like grand piano. And on occasion, the
legendary Vashti Bunyan lends her voice to Reynolds’s to sublime and stirring effect.
This is an album that smells of creased Penguin Modern Classics, abandoned cathedrals, unicorn dung, wheat fields and redheads."
Album available on Hungry Hill Records.
EP available on Chaffinch Records.