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  • Summary: The Irish singer-songwriter releases his follow-up to his 2006 Mercury Prize-nominated album "The End of History."
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  1. He remains a formidable wordsmith, and a fast mover by the looks of things. However his career develops, it will be crucial for him to keep a tight hold of the bewitching elements that help make not just his debut, but also his latest, a refreshing listen.
  2. As far as second albums go, it is a brilliantly bold, robust work, showcasing real development and the kind of graceful erudition that places Regan squarely ahead of the curve.
  3. While not wholly abandoning the folkie acoustica of his Mercury-nominated debut, "The End of History," he's discovered the pleasure of plugging in, turning up the volume and roving in a bluesy, rockabillyish direction. And a pleasure it generally is.
  4. 80
    If Regan's Mercury Prize-nominated debut in 2006 attracted comparisons with Nick Drake, this belated follow-up ditches the finger-picking folksiness for full-on rock, and sees Regan mutate into a latterday Mike Soctt. {Feb 2010, p.96]
  5. 80
    Regan cross-wires mid-'60s Dylan and Paul Simon with the '70s CBGB pantheon, his songcraft on the verge of cohering his quirkily arresting strengths into true brilliance. [Feb 2010, p. 92]
  6. It’s a fully realised, sprightly rocking album that proves that sometimes musicians are best left alone to do what they do best.
  7. If leaving Lost Highway was a blow to Regan's confidence you'd never know it from hearing this - he's definitely taken the right turning.

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  1. Dec 16, 2011
    Following up from his excellent debut The End of History, this see's FR show off his versatility and take a new direction. Plugged in and sped up this time round, the results are again, quite impressive. I do prefer his debut but this is also a very good album. A great lyricist with melodies to boot. This is guy is well worth checking out. Expand