James Thomson – FOR THE COUNTRY RECORD Review

Cold Moon

2 June 2015 FOR THE COUNTRY RECORD              CLIPPING

James Thomson is a wonderfully unassuming singer-songwriter with a calm and even energy that permeates through each song he sings. His songscapes are simple and old-school, and his influences range from alt-country to bluegrass. Despite Thomson being from Newcastle Australia his sophomore album “Cold Moon” feels like it belongs somewhere in the Southwestern United States; It has a real lonely desert feel to it. This is genuine, as the album was largely inspired by a trip Thomson took through this area. Thomson lists Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, Woodie Guthrie, and Townes Van Zandt as major influences, and he does good job of channeling their iconic and simple Americana into the modern age. He pays homage to these folks by straying from ego or flashiness, and making this album about the songs rather than about himself.

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James Thomson – POST TO WIRE Review – Cold Moon

Cold Moon

21 May 2015 POST TO WIRE                    CLIPPING

James Thomson’s debut album was an impressive calling card, a introduction to a talented songwriter already sounding beyond his years in terms of his songs and their lived-in delivery. The promise of that first sprawling collection of songs has been refined and stylistically expanded on the exceptional follow-up Cold Moon.

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James Thomson – THE MUSIC Review

Cold Moon       4/5 stars

May 2015 The Music         CLIPPING

Thomson’s debut (self titled) album was an introduction to a songwriter already sounding beyond his years in terms of his songs and their lived-in delivery.

That promise has been refined and stylistically expanded on this exceptional follow-up. Thomson imbues its themes of affairs of the heart, both good and bad, the way a city can wear you down and the desire to escape to the country, with convincing emotional vulnerability and weight, drawing from the blue/country/folk traditions. The resonant balance of melody, emotion and authenticity makes this one of the finest local Americana albums of recent years.    Chris Familton