Singer-songwriter Jon Regen's songs are solid, if not terribly inspired. Accompanying himself on piano and Hammond organ with Jonathan Sanborn on bass and Eric Addeo on drums, Regen plays charts that sound much like stripped down Bruce Hornsby arrangements. His lyrics--covering love, lost love, love for one's child and the troubadour's obligatory lament about touring--are heavy on the rhymes and only occasionally clever or surprising. Given all that, it might seem that Almost Home, Regen's new disc, would be easy to pass over.
But one factor--indeed, the key factor--makes the album worth a spin: Regen is a quality singer. This ...read more