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The End Of History

Fionn Regan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bella Union
  • ASIN: B000GBEQ80
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,595 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Be Good Or Be Gone (Album Version) 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Underwood Typewriter (Album Version) 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Hunters Map (Album Version) 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hey Rabbit (Album Version) 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Black Water Child (Album Version) 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Put A Penny In The Slot (Album Version) 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Cowshed (Album Version) 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Snowy Atlas Mountains (Album Version) 4:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Noah (Ghost In A Sheet) (Album Version) 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The End Of History (Album Version) 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Abacus (Album Version) 2:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Bunker Or Basement/Campaign Button (Album Version)10:51Album Only

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From the delicate and deceptively intricate "Be Good or Be Gone" that inaugurates Fionn Regan’s debut album, The End of History, it’s apparent that his is a talent not to be ignored. Recalling any number of folkish predecessors--Bob Dylan, Jose Gonzalez, Nick Drake--Regan’s finger-picked guitar work and warm, Damien Rice-esque vocals flow through this entire project like meandering, golden streams. Mixing winsome melodies with emotive chords and quasi-poetic lyricism, Regan straddles the classic folk sound of the 60s and the contemporary neo-folk scene with bristling aplomb. Unlike many so called ‘new folk’ heroes though, Regan keeps his approach simple, varying his songs not with electronic beats or acidic guitar squalls but light embellishments such as brooding strings (see the dark, Gonzalez-esque "Hunter's Map") and subtle backing vocals (see "Black Water Child"). Though skeletal, Regan’s songs create a dreamy, nostalgic ambience that successfully eschew cliché. Intimate and contemporary, universal and classic, The End of History is a triumphant and highly accessible first outing. --Paul Sullivan

BBC Review

Troubadour' is fast becoming as overused a word in music as MySpace, or the phrase 'produced by Mark Ronson'. Not a day seems to go by without another singer/songwriter being thrust upon us, but - no pun intended - it's always the quiet ones you should look out for.

Released last year, The End Of History by Fionn Regan has found itself nominated for the Mercury Music Prize alongside critical darlings Klaxons and The View. 'Who' you cry? Exactly. In a crushingly predictable list, this is some achievement for an artist who has had almost zero attention. Dublin-born Regan has a warm, tender voice, but why him and not James Morrison, Paolo Nutini or any other recent balladeer?

One listen and it becomes abundantly clear. The End of History is a beautiful and beguiling record. From the Bert Jansch-like finger picking on 'The Underwood Typewriter'' to the chiming chords of 'Bunker Or Basement', this record drips with wistful lyrics and wandering melodies. Self-produced with a lightness of touch that Morrison et al would die for, the lone cello that snakes through 'Hunters Map' is understatement at its finest. Elsewhere the Dylanesque folk of 'Hey Rabbit' and the layered vocals of the title track show how acoustic-based music doesn't have to be saccharine or forgettable.

Fionn Regan is as likely to win the Mercury Music Prize as Amy Winehouse is to attend them sober. But that shouldn't stop this terrific, slow-burning record gaining the whole new fan base it deserves. --Rowan Collinson

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible talent to be watched 30 July 2007
By Conall
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after briefly catching "be good or be gone" on the radio. Little did I know then the treat that I had in store for me. This intimate, beautiful and haunting exploration grows on me with each new hearing in a way few other albums ever have. The deep poetry of the lyrics, the superb melodies and arrangements combine to create a tour de force among the new wave of folk singers. I really look forward to Fionn's next release.

I even went so far as to listen to his album on my iPod while walking through Knocksink woods! But, unfortunately, I didn't come across three men selling candles wrapped in newspaper. Good luck in the Mercurys, Fionn!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut From Irish Singer/Songwriter 8 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
Lately, I've become increasingly jaded by going to local acoustic nights and seeing semi-talentless people play cover versions of already terrible songs. That's almost a good analysis of the singer/songwriter genre, if we can call it that, because there are a lot of people doing the same thing. So it's nice to find someone like Fionn Regan who not only doesnt concentrate on dour love subject matter so rife with his contemporaries but combines upbeat and thoughtful lyrics with some quite exceptional guitar work.

Album opener 'Be Good Or Be Gone' almost feels like an entire lifetime of thoughts squeezed into one song, centered around gorgeous plucking and melody. Following this is 'The Underwood Typewriter', with some very impressive guitar playing, upbeat proclamations of "The roots shoot deep below the ground, I like to walk with you in the evening" topped off by a beautiful chorus accompanied by a cello. And for the most part, that tends to be the basic plan behind 'The End Of History'; great melodic folk guitar playing with modern selfless lyrics. It's more than enough to satisfy those with a penchant for acoustic troubadours, quirky songwriters or even just decent musical chops.

'The End Of History' stands out in an overpopulated genre as an album full of honesty, integrity, soul and a bit of identity, and that's only a good thing for us because there are surely good things to come from this very promising songwriter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice folk music! 16 July 2013
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I hadn't even heard the name Fionn Regan until I took a look at my recommendations on After listening to the gentle 'Be Good Or Be Gone', which I thought had a beautiful melody, I decided to buy his debut album: 'The End Of History', for that one track, and hopefully a few other good ones. Considering it was released in 2006, I'm not surprised I had never heard of him, because despite his four albums all peaking high in the Irish charts, he has yet to make an impact in the UK - which is a shame.

On the evidence of this acoustic album, Fionn is a very talented singer-songwriter, and 'The End of History' is a pleasant folk album from start to finish. It's perfect to play in the background, or to listen to closely to be able to really appreciate his natural yet clearly inspired and poetic lyrics. With masterful guitar work, 'The End Of History' is filled with catchy tunes which tell an interesting story. I enjoy 'The Underwood Typewriter' and 'Be Good Or Be Gone' the most, but prefer to listen to the album in full.

If you enjoy good acoustic/folk music - I can recommend this album, which is haunting, sad, and an impressive debut from a hidden Irish talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars UNDERWOOD?, UNDERCLAIMED MASTERPIECE. 23 May 2011
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves far more attention 9 Jun 2010
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He may look like a small hobbit peeking out from under a magic toadstall in Harry Potter's back garden, but Fionn Regan is a mighty scene on the modern folk landscape. His voice evokes a young hopeful sitting under a tree and watching the world happening in front of him. His music doesn't usually carry many instruments, but still sounds strangely robust and muscular. Once you've heard it a couple of times, bits of song will haunt your day until it forces you to listen to the whole of 'The End of History' all over again: bits like the charmingly confusing "I'll wear you like a hood" chorus in 'The Underwood Typewriter', the urgently flowing 'Hunter's Map' or the paranoid camp-fire lament 'Black Water Child'. It's surprising what imagery he evokes with basic instruments like the spine-tingling 'Snowy Atlas Mountains' which is as haunting as it is weirdly stark ("My jumper is soaked in pig's blood"?) and sounds like a short film of its title. The lyrics are often muddled and cryptic, but still singable and his meaning is always clear through delivery alone.

It's the details that make this record so strong; it knows exactly when to sound bare bones, and when to fill a room like a flood. And unlike Mumford & Sons' debut, it feels inhabited and never over-polished.
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A lot of people have been waiting for this to come out and I've definately been one of them. Fionn Regan has had a strong following since the release of his first single way back in the beginning of the 21st century (sounds like something from Buck Rogers). After a further three EP's his debut player arrives and it is a treasure to behold.

Unlike say Jim Noir, who practically used all of the tracks from his first EP's, Fionn has taken songs from the previous releases but had a go at trying them differently as well as brand new ones. At first it is uncomfortable to hear the likes of 'Abacus', 'Noah: Ghost in the Sheet' and 'Hunter's Map' when you're so used to the originals but with further listens the texture and the additional instruments add something to them. You find yourself singing along despite the change of scenary and it's the strength of the songs and indeed Fionn's voice itself that carry them.

His ability with a guitar and the intimacy of the atmosphere each songs creates is captivating. He will get compared to the likes of Damien Rice and Nick Drake but it doesn't take anything away from what he's created, and that is an excellent debut album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Found again and just as good.
I hadn't listened to this album really since 2007, but, when a friend was fumbling through my iPod and stumbled across this, I couldn't have been happier to hear that familiar... Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by D. Philip R-S
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea I'm afraid
This album did nothing for me, unfortunately. Fionn is an excellent guitarist but I found most of the songs not memorable at all. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 2010 by haunted
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I went to see Fionn Regan in Belfast recently and was blown away. I knew nothing about about him - a friend bought me the ticket. Read more
Published on 24 Nov 2009 by The Irish C
4.0 out of 5 stars A drop of the soft stuff !
As you may have gathered from other reviews ,this is a pretty neat debut from the young Irish singer-songwriter. Read more
Published on 11 Dec 2007 by Arthur Dooley
Published on 2 Nov 2007 by M. Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Was going to buy this then
I was going to buy this album and then read the previos review which said;

This CD is what Messers Dylan and Cohen would love to deliver, have tried and failed. Read more
Published on 10 May 2007 by JCT
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What's it like the first time you fall in love? That feeling when you think there's an alien poking your heart from the inside, when you want to run around shouting this is it. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2007 by Mrs Hank
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