Our Krypton Son

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS -

★★★ Small­town Amer­ica Chris McCon­aghy’s lat­est mu­si­cal guise couldn’t be fur­ther re­moved from his role in the now-de­funct zany artrock­ers Red Or­gan Ser­pent Sound, but it cer­tainly sounds like he’s found a com­fort­able niche. Backed by four mu­si­cians, McCon­aghy’s de­but al­bum is a warm col­lec­tion of mea­sured alt.rock and pop, laden with full-bod­ied, or­ganic flour­ishes of gui­tar and sturdy pi­ano riffs. The song­writer’s husky voice lends it­self well to the au­tum­nal tone, which peaks on the eerie in­ten­sity of stand­out track Sun­light in the Ashes. Clearly in­flu­enced by The Bea­tles and Bob Dy­lan (and oc­ca­sion­ally by con­tem­po­rary acts such as Griz­zly Bear), most of these tracks are firmly like­able if not life-chang­ing. That means Our Krypton Son may not be su­per, man, but he’s still pretty great, man. tinyurl.com/ourkryp­ton­son LAUREN MUR­PHY Down­load: Gar­gan­tuan, Sun­light in the Ashes

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