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Ryan O'Shaugnessy EP - review

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Released on Monday, Aug 13 2012

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Irish singer Ryan O'Shaughnessy is someone who, at just 19 years old, can consider himself an expert on the reality show circuit. He daringly auditioned for The Voice Ireland and Britain's Got Talent synchronously; and after entering the latter with his own song he was immediately (and equally boldly) herded into the same field as Ed Sheeran.

Listening to his self-titled EP - a taster of what will follow on his debut album - it's easy to see why. Much like his contemporary, O'Shaughnessy is a fresh-faced singer-songwriter-guitar-player with a heavy heart. But while Sheeran regularly delves into the nastiness of drugs, miscarriages and booze, he remains in the tight, well-worn confines of love and relationships.

Lead track 'No Name' - about an unrequited crush - remains as fresh and genuine as it did during its first outing earlier this year, while 'First Kiss' carries the same boy-next-door innocence without feeling overly contrived. 'Lost In You' and 'Sofa Bed' swerve dangerously close to borderline obsessive, but given they were written pre-BGT, something tell us he'll have a very different perspective come the full album.



Watch the 'No Name' music video below:

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