1 (Music - Simple Kid) In a soft, diffident tone, Ireland's Simple Kid (singer-songwriter Ciaran McFeely) murmurs intentionally banal observations like "love's an enigma" on 1 . Meanwhile, he deploys… 1 (Music - Simple Kid) In a soft, diffident tone, Ireland's Simple Kid (singer-songwriter Ciaran McFeely) murmurs intentionally banal observations like "love's an enigma" on 1 . Meanwhile, he deploys… 2004-06-15 Simple Kid
Music Review

1 (2004)

Simple Kid | JUST A SIMPLE KID... wearing every hat he owns
Image credit: Simple Kid: Amit Lennon/Camera Press/Retna
JUST A SIMPLE KID... wearing every hat he owns
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 15, 2004; Lead Performance: Simple Kid

In a soft, diffident tone, Ireland's Simple Kid (singer-songwriter Ciaran McFeely) murmurs intentionally banal observations like ''love's an enigma'' on 1. Meanwhile, he deploys raw riffs and beats that are alternately jittery and shuffling. His conceptual triumph is ''The Average Man,'' an unironic ode to ordinariness sung to strummed guitar with the vehemence of a young Ray Davies. But neither as Kinks-y nor as simple as his music asserts, McFeely is a shrewd charmer, often hardheaded and occasionally hard-hearted.

Originally posted Jun 25, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints