The Shadow Of An Empire

Album Review of The Shadow Of An Empire by Fionn Regan.

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The Shadow Of An Empire

Fionn Regan

The Shadow Of An Empire by Fionn Regan

Release Date: Feb 8, 2010
Record label: Heavenly
Genre(s): Rock, Alternative, Folk, Singer-Songwriter

80 Music Critic Score
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The Shadow Of An Empire - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

The Guardian - 80
Based on rating 4/5

Fionn Regan composed the lyrics to this album on a typewriter, and has noted that the "percussive nature of typing" influenced the phrasing. Despite his ­tendency to sing in rat-a-tat bursts, "percussive" isn't the first word that comes to mind when listening. What you do notice are the fresh, ­striking ­lyrics ("glasses" is rhymed with "Mr Onassis", and Regan wishes he were "your coathook, your pearl-grey ­fedora") and the electric guitars.

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BBC Music
Their review was positive

A brilliantly bold, robust work, showcasing real development. James Skinner 2010 2006’s The End of History established Fionn Regan as one of the finest singer-songwriters to emerge in recent years, splicing dextrously plucked acoustic guitars with literary allusions to captivating ends. A frank, genuinely heart-warming listen, Regan likened its gestation to “building an ocean liner with a butter knife,” a statement borne out by the intricate songcraft and sheer attention to detail throughout.

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