ALBUM REVIEW: Deeghan takes new Avenue

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First Posted: 4/22/2013

An artist’s debut is always unique. There are never any expectations from fans, and the artist is virtually allowed to put together any collection of songs without any pressure. A lot of times, the best work shines through; a lot of fan favorite albums are normally the ones they first fell in love with.

Jimmie Deeghan, formally of Every Avenue, put himself in this exact position. He had a clean slate, studio time funded by fans through a Kickstarter campaign, and now a debut EP titled “Cheap Therapy,” which will be released on April 30.

“Cheap Therapy” has a little bit of everything; Deeghan went in a few different directions, which makes for a very fulfilling listen all the way through.

“Cigarette,” the lead-off track, is a great windows down summer tune with a little bit of southern twang to it. It’s a radio-ready song filled with enthusiasm and energy. The chorus arrives quickly and has very relatable lyrics. It is the perfect first impression for Deeghan.

Second track “Sad and Blue” showcases Deeghan’s subtle, yet superb guitar work. Similar to John Mayer’s “Born and Raised” album, there are no face-melting guitar solos, but the melody from his guitar throughout the song is tricky to play and catches the listeners ear.

“Hurricane” is as much of a ballad as a song can be, but the dynamics of it are what make it a good one. The song builds up and comes down, carrying the listener on a ride similar to a roller coaster, and when it’s all done, you want to go through it all over again.

“Good Man” seems like it was written for a movie soundtrack. The lyrics tell a great story, and Deeghan kills it with his musical dynamics and guitar playing once more.

The entire record has impressive high-quality production, which is a nice surprise for a self-released record. The songs do not disappoint and will leave fans wanting more.

“Cheap Therapy” is going to carry Deeghan a long way, and it only begs the question, “What will he release next?”

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