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Sean Michael Dargan: Snap Your Fingers & Stomp Your Feet
(Slightly Charmed)

There's something sublimely old-fashioned about this local recording. In an age when most rock songs are layered with a pastoral folk drone or baroque electronica, Dargan frequently embraces the brightly accessible verse-chorus-verse guitar rock that once ruled.

It's a breath of fresh air, though it's not likely to make the young folk feel cool.

There's plenty of liberal resistance here. "Goodbye" is a happy anthem bidding adieu to the reign of George W. Bush. "Ballad of Alberto Gonzales" is a wry serenade to political loyalty gone wrong.

Dargan seamlessly shifts gears between easygoing sing-along songs like "Little Miss Sunshine" and rootsier, country-influenced tracks like "If I Were Smart." Further proving his craftsmanship, Dargan brings in the horns and cranks out what could be a show tune on "I Scare So Easily."

Dargan likes to wear bow ties when he performs live, and these songs beautifully support his nerdy persona. "Margaret" is a gorgeous, laid-back love song. Listen closely, and you soon realize the object of Dargan's affection is a "tired baby" who is "chewing on her toes."

Thankfully, Sean Michael Dargan just wasn't made for these times.

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