Gentleman Reg
Album: Jet Black
Label: Arts & Crafts
Rating: ***

The uber-cool folks at Toronto’s Arts and Crafts got themselves a hipster with pedigree when they signed Gentleman Reg (a.k.a. Reg Vermue). He’s been a regular with art-pop squad, The Hidden Cameras, and has strong ties to indie rock stars The Constantines. On Jet Black, Reg delivers his most accessible music yet. The album starts out strong with the thumping T-Rexish rock of Coastline sweeping into the uptempo beat and ornamental guitars of To Some It Comes Easy. How can you go wrong with a chorus of “in time I’m going to drink myself into a nursery rhyme?” Reg delivers the knockout punch on track three, playfully partying down with You Can’t Get It Back. After that, however, the album proves uneven, at best, with Reg’s lisping vocal delivery keeping him firmly on the fringe. At times, it can be alluring. At others, simply annoying.

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