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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Better Looking
  • ASIN: B000SO7OCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fans of hook-filled songwriting in the grand tradition of Jellyfish and Brian Wilson on one end and Wire and Superchunk on the other will find Ferguson's record essential listening. While in the seminal San Diego band No Knife, Ryan racked up critical accolades and toured internationally. On this release he crafts unique sounds and huge hooks complimented by layers of swirling six-strings and double tracked harmonies, all fused with his signature bombastic electric guitar. The effect is breathtaking.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nobody on September 5, 2007
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A multi-talented San Diego indie vet, Ferguson nails a bunch of power ballads here, with top notch melodies. He has one of those middle of the road voices, not very powerful and not particularly noteworthy, but has a good sense of the type of music he can embed the vocals into, the result being a CD which breaks no new ground but provides many moments of audio pleasure; in other words, lots of hooks. Aside from his skills in playing (most of what's here), singing and production, he has a spark in his songwriting you can't learn or develop, it's genetic.

Not everything works, like many (relatively) young artists he makes the mistake of breaking up the momentum of a song by changing tempos and directions, "X's" being an good example. There is one passage in that song that kills, and should have been built on, but instead it turns out to be one of three or four different themes he tries to cram into the song. On the other hand, songs like "Imposter" and "Sea" are seamless. And check out the best passages on "Better Off" and "Watch", the kind of moments that make you want to cheer. If he could sit back and let his ear find what really hits the mark he could be one heck of a songwriter, rather than a spot hitter. I'd love to send him back to the studio for a re-write on this, to expand the great stuff.

Very much worth having, and an artist to support for the future. Three or four CD's out, a talent like this might really produce something for the ages.
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