Music: The Day You Live Forever by Ryan Sheridan **
Ryan Sheridan was born and bred in Co Monaghan, but anyone hearing this album without that information might imagine he was from the US. Granted, the singer did spend some years in New York, but not enough time, surely, to make him sound like an also-ran on American Idol.
More recently, Sheridan has been busking in Dublin and it was in the, ahem, robust environs of Temple Bar where he got noticed by a management company and then signed by the MCD-funded Rubyworks label.
Last year, he achieved considerable local airplay with the moderately arresting power-ballad Jigsaw, and lately he has been the warm-up act of choice for The Script.
Regrettably, his music is every bit as prosaic as theirs.
Ironically, there's something soul-sapping about his relentlessly life-affirming, sloganeering songs. A cursory glance at the lyrics would suggest he has cadged the choicest lines from an array of self-help books.
They're delivered earnestly in that mid-Atlantic accent and some of the more FM-friendly numbers sound Robbie Williams-lite.
It's not all pedestrian, though. His punchy acoustic guitar has much in common with label mates Rodrigo y Gabriela and Endless Road is a ruminative, slow-tempo number that suggests a sparser approach to the album as a whole might have resulted in material a whole lot better.
Burn it: Endless Road
Day & Night