"The Magazines You Read"
Jack Beauregard is a band based around the Berlin-based songwriting duo of guitarist/singer Daniel Schaub and programmer Pär Lammers. (Yep, no one in the group is named Jack or Beauregard). Better known in Europe as award-winning songwriters for the likes of platinum selling German pop chanteuse Lena Meyer-Landruth, this is their second release as Jack Beauregard.
If the opening "You Drew Yourself a Line" were the disc's only track, it would still be worth whatever CDs cost these days. It's a gorgeous, swooning song about love lost that you'll find yourself playing over and over.
Schaub's warm falsetto and strong melodies are the perfect compliment (and foil) to Lammers' rich textures and beats. As with all great records, it all comes down first to the writing and second to the singing, and I have no doubt these songs would be just as compelling in a solo setting.
While some of the drum sounds on "You or My Guitar" may recall '80s pop, the song easily eclipses categorization. "Lullaby," driven by keyboard pads and arpeggios and an acoustic guitar, sounds exactly like its title. Ditto with "Tremors."
If, like me, you've grown weary of the glut of bands, both in the U.S. and abroad, who are "adventurously" plundering American string music, this will be a welcome change of pace.