Simon Fagan’s debut album Outside Looking In released May 14th

Outside Looking In is the debut studio album by Irish singer-songwriter Simon Fagan. This album is a very different direction to Simon’s first EP Hired and Fired. Outside Looking In moves away from the heavy brass arrangements in favour of a more acoustic sound and features lush string arrangements from the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

I really liked this album. It has a very chilled folk vibe that I really love (think Scrubs Soundtrack). It’s a Sunday afternoon drive album. The first track is really catchy, it’s one of those songs that you instantly start tapping along to. There’s some beautifully arranged songs. Never Really Cried reminded me quite a bit of Train’s Drops of Jupiter, it has the same uplifting and melodic sound.

Outside Looking In really doesn’t feel like a debut album, there’s something very confident and seamless about it, which I really enjoyed. It’s not at all pretentious, no surprises, it’s just good honest song writing.

The album was co-produced by Simon and producer Martin Quinn (Brian Kennedy, Ham Sandwich).

Throughout 2009 Simon toured heavily around Ireland and the UK, performing on nine primetime BBC shows, Newstalk’s Weekend Blend and Today with Pat Kenny on RTE.

Simon’s band even played sold out shows in Cairo, Sharm El Sheik and Dahab, and was invited to appear on national TV and Radio. He previously opened for Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and more recently at Laura Izibor’s sold out Tripod show.

The album was released on May 14th, tour dates are to follow.

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About Jane Ward

I’m finally getting around to updating this section. I’m a recent Journalism graduate, and love flexing my writing muscles by updating this blog. I’ve had a fair bit of work published in a number of publications including student magazines and also in the national press. This blog isn’t the most serious one in the world as you may have noticed, it’s mostly for fun but I do try and post as much serious work as I can. More recently I’ve been involved in music journalism as it’s always been a passion of mine. I’m always open to submissions so if you have a demo or anything you’d like reviewed or previewed I’ll gladly post something. Hope you enjoy the blog
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