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Album Review

Without question, Design for Living is James Reyne's happiest album. After a four-year hiatus from recording, Reyne returned with the dynamite one-two-three punch of "Wonderful Today," "Oh Oh Kimberley," and the title track, and he had never sounded lighter or more enthusiastic. This is not to say Reyne had softened his touch. His lyrics are still enigmatic, his trademark angst-ridden delivery intact. But this is an album chock-full of potential radio-friendly singles ("Nothin's Too Good for My Baby," "I Don't Get Out Much Anymore") and builds from the promise Reyne made with his early solo work. Reyne returned to the recording arena with his most accessible album to date — and his timing couldn't have been better. A turn-of-the-millennium album that echoes the last of the carefree innocence of the 20th century.


Born: Lagos, Nigeria

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

Following the demise of the seminal Australian Crawl, lead singer James Reyne continued to chart the musical path he initiated in the last stages of his former band's career. It was through leaving his homeland that the Melbourne native found the inspirations for his debut disc. After two years of touring the world, Reyne began his solo work in London, sculpting out a sound indebted to the Crawl but with a depth, scope, and edge uniquely his own. The resultant cinematic James Reyne, released in Australia...
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Design for Living, James Reyne
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  • 6,99 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 23 February 1999

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