At the dreaded words ‘singer-songwriter’, this reviewer generally RUNSAWAYSCREAMING. Or, more accurately, runs forward brandishing a pair of scissors screaming, “For fucks sake get over yourself". The only thing more boring then listening to other people's problems is hearing about other people's dreams.
But, disliking this track from Fionn Regan would be akin to disliking dew in the morning, shimmering rainbows and puppies in the snow, i.e. nigh-on impossible, for even the most cynical. It’s delicate, charming and as catchy as a nursery rhyme you’ve always half-known, albeit with not-so-sinister lyrics than your average 'Ring a Ring O'Roses'.
Okay, it does verge on the twee-er side of Belle and Sebastian when the fem-voxed harmonies kick in (interestingly, Fionn’s vocals bear an uncanny resemblance to a pre sex-in-the-office Stuart Murdoch), but they’re mercifully short lived, and so don’t overstay their welcome.
’Put a Penny In the Slot’ is as irresistibly appealing as a smile from a pretty stranger, and far from running away, it may actually make you turn back and ask for more.