'A record to cherish...' Culture NI review

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Anthony's new album has picked up a warm and very positive review on the Culture NI website from no less a reviewer than the BBC's own Ralph McLean, a man who knows a thing or two about music, you'd have to say.

(He's the second BBC pundit to have praised the collection. Almost within days of the album's arrival, Stuart Bailie was singing its praises on his blog. Again, Stuart's a man who personifies good taste in music. You can read HIS blog post on the album by clicking HERE)

Ralph's recent review describes the album as 'full of pin sharp portraits of life, both broken and beautiful... It is a record to cherish'. Sing Under the Bridges, he adds, offers 'story songs peopled with real characters attempting to make their way through lives that are peppered with pot holes and unexpected twists in the road'.

Elsewhere, 'The Road to Fivemiletown' 'does exactly what a truly great short story should do,' says Ralph: 'lays out its tale and leaves you to make of it what you will. Evocative and economical, this is literary songwriting at its very best.'

He concludes: 'In a world of sweat shop produced sneakers, Anthony Toner is a pair of lovingly sculpted Italian brogues, all handmade and finely finished. Go ahead and treat yourself to a little luxury.'

You can read the full review, complete with more detailed references to the songs, by clicking HERE.