All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

126

Jon Regen: Almost Home

By

Sign in to view read count
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 is not an assessment of his technical ability, but an accolade for the sheer listenability of his voice. Presented straight-up with little if any electronic aid and sparse backup vocals (provided by Regan himself when they are present), Regan's voice—rich, a touch smoky, inviting—elevates the material from catchy-but-commonplace to catchy-and-cool. Provided with better music and lyrics, Regen's voice might carry him a long, long way.


Track Listing: 1. A Hundred Days 2. Hold-Out Your Heart 3. What Am I Supposed To Do From Here 4. Little One 5. Better Than Before 6. I Will Be Here 7. Only My Credit Card Remembers Where I've Been

Personnel: Jon Regen: vocals, piano, Hammond organ; Jonathan Sanborn: bass; Eric Addeo: drums

Title: Almost Home | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: HiTone

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Dawn CD/LP/Track Review
Dawn
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Life Of CD/LP/Track Review
Life Of
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun CD/LP/Track Review
Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun
by Gareth Thompson
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Enso CD/LP/Track Review
Enso
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Let Your Light Shine On CD/LP/Track Review
Let Your Light Shine On
by Chris May
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Dirt...And More Dirt CD/LP/Track Review
Dirt...And More Dirt
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 26, 2018
Read "Rendering" CD/LP/Track Review Rendering
by Mark Christian Miller
Published: December 27, 2017
Read "In Denmark I Was Born" CD/LP/Track Review In Denmark I Was Born
by Gareth Thompson
Published: March 18, 2018
Read "Do For You?" CD/LP/Track Review Do For You?
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 5, 2017
Read "Alleviation" CD/LP/Track Review Alleviation
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 18, 2017
Read "Inside The Moment" CD/LP/Track Review Inside The Moment
by James Nadal
Published: June 21, 2017
Read "Blues and Boogie Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Blues and Boogie Vol. 1
by Doug Collette
Published: December 3, 2017