The first few songs on The End of History are a breath of fresh air. The alternative-folk album, a debut from Irish singer-songwriter Fionn Regan, is mainly acoustic, with a few more upbeat tracks embellished with piano or electric guitar. Regan's talent as a guitarist is obvious, especially in the exquisite opening track, Be Good Or Be Gone. The delicate strumming is enchanting. Second track, The Underwood Typewriter, is led by lively strumming, while Put A Penny In The Slot is a fun and playful track. The bareness of his songs and the imagery he sets up in his lyrics are reminiscent of Bob Dylan. He has also been compared to Nick Drake and Damien Rice. But the album diminishes in appeal the further in you get. The songs begin to sound similar and blur into each other. Track eight, Snowy Atlas Mountains, brings on a frown. Regan's voice is unusual, but even that loses its appeal in the dreary final tracks. Overall, the album is relaxing and Regan's talent is unmistakable. He just needs to add more zest to his songs. Then he is likely to have a bright future.