The Bunkhouse, Vol. 1: Anchor Black Tattoo Image

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  • Summary: The fourth release fro the Irish singer-songwriter was recorded at his home studio.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 21, 2013
    These nine brief songs weave together to create a bewitching, moonlit spell. [Feb 2013, p.78]
  2. Feb 21, 2013
    Intimately compelling, from his first strum to last breath, Regan passes the acid test of songmanship; all 10 are perfect as they are. [Feb 2013, p.109]
  3. If you’re looking for something heartwarming in the short term or an album to warm cold nights, give The Bunkhouse Vol 1: Anchor Black Tattoo a go, however here’s hoping that the second volume of The Bunkhouse holds something a little more defined and innovative.
  4. Feb 21, 2013
    Lucinda Williams has labelled Regan "his generation's answer to Bob Dylan," and on this evidence, that doesn't feel like hyperbole. [Feb 2013, p.90]
  5. Feb 21, 2013
    This album shows that simple can indeed be effective. Regan simultaneously covers a lot of topical ground whilst using a finite number of musical resources.
  6. Feb 21, 2013
    It's rich, vivid, and occasionally odd enough to give you a start.
  7. 50
    Lyrically there are a few choice morsels (for example: “Cat fight, swollen lip/Hair caught in the teeth of your zip”), but taken as a whole it leaves a taste of saccharine.

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  1. Mar 1, 2013
    I'm a big big fan of this guy a really talented song writer who stands out by miles in a market flooded with singer songwriters. Anyone into good songwriting needs to check him out. This latest offering is Fionn Regan stripped down to the bare bones -there is literally no production going on here. I thought his last effort "100 Acres of Sycamore", while having some great songs, had a little bit too much going on at times. I wouldn't have called bloated but by this guys standards it probably was. This is the polar opposite, but it proves to be a clever move as the quality of songs speak for themselves, both musically and lyrically. 67 Blackout is my own personal favourite. The only quibble I have is the 10 tracks finish in under a half hour, so you feel little bit short changed. Expand