Thu Oct 4 2007
Time Out Ratings<strong>Rating: </strong>3/5
On his Mercury Prize–nominated debut (released overseas last year by former Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde’s label), Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan decorates old-timey string-band arrangements with the sort of airily impassioned singing regarded by fans of Damien Rice and Sufjan Stevens as ironclad evidence of a sensitive soul. Melodically speaking, Regan gives Iron and Wine no reason to worry; though they’re sturdy enough to command your attention, the hooks in these tunes don’t dig in terribly deeply. But not unlike Rice, Regan has an appealing way of spiking his comely material with unexpected grit: In “Campaign Button,” The End of History’s unlisted closer, he takes aim at a troglodyte king who just might be President Bush.
Fionn Regan plays the Town Hall Thu 4 and Mercury Lounge Oct 12.