Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Track Review: Gentleman Reg – “You Can’t Get It Back”

The man known as Gentleman Reg (Reg Vermue) has been a player in the Ontario indie music scene for several years now, most notably in collaborations with The Hidden Cameras. However, he has also released three solo full-length albums, and his fourth, Jet Black, is due out on February 24th. This record marks a definite upswing in his career, as this is his first release with the remarkably consistent and respected Arts & Crafts label, which is supporting the international release of the record, another first. He is also to play at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas this March.

The lead single for this album is “You Can’t Get It Back”, and listening to the different elements of the song come into the track is like filling out a checklist of what makes for a fun pop tune. Catchy major-chord guitar rhythm? Check. Springy, danceable beat? Check. A bass line that fits so well you hardly know its there? Check. Delightfully simple but effective lead guitar? Check. Higher-range, wispy vocals that float over the whole arrangement? Check and check.

Nope, there aren’t too many bells and whistles here, but that’s part of the charm. One thing that did catch my attention was the use of the tom drums, especially going into the chorus, to give the percussion a fuller sound than you would normally hear on this kind of tune. I really dig the vibe that oozes out of this track’s every pore, and while it can grow tiresome very quickly, with careful execution and a little bit of variety, it can carry through an entire album. You can catch this song on his myspace page , and you can pre-order the album in anticipation of next Tuesday’s release here. I suggest that you check him out. Happy listening!

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