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Jay Regan - Wash Me

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Although it's listed as a standout track, the opening song on Jay Regan's Wash Me album, "Whiskey Song," is actually not one of the album's stronger tracks. The fact that he went for the obvious rhyme of 'frisky' with 'Whiskey,' suggests he just wasn't trying hard enough to create a memorable lyric. Regan does much better with "Can't Let Go," the very next song, which rides upon an enjoyable jangle rock groove. And for the most part, it's Regan's sounds, more so than his words, that leave the best first and lasting impression with these songs.

Regan comes through vulnerable and sincere during "Dad," a love song to his father. He also creates an authentically country number during the foot-stomping "I Am Alive." Although the brass horn section on "March of the Romans" is a nice touch, as this element gives the song a powerful marching feel, the song's rather generic words about the corporatization of the world is a little played out.

While Regan isn't overboard successful with his various sonic approaches on Wash Me, you nevertheless must give the guy a lot of credit for his ambitious efforts. There's a lot of good stuff to be discovered here, and it would simply be wrong not to give Wash Me a critical clean bill of health.


Jay Regan - Wash Me
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