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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 21, 2013
    80
    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]
  2. Feb 21, 2013
    80
    The 10 songs last barely 25 minutes, but in that pared-back simplicity every melody and bass thrum and poetic image counts.
  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
    80
    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]
  5. Feb 21, 2013
    70
    It's rich, vivid, and occasionally odd enough to give you a start.
  6. Feb 21, 2013
    70
    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.
  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
    8
    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 intoI'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