Ryan Ferguson, Three, Four

Robin Banks

By Robin Banks

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Former frontman for beloved San Diego band No Knife trades that outfit's intricate latticework of guitars for warm, welcoming guitar-pop. Ferguson has a rich, muscular voice, and he uses it to lend a toughness to these otherwise tender songs. "Not on My Watch" moves gracefully from wounded verse to soaring chorus, and the elegaic "Wait for Me There" is wistful without being fey. Ferguson may have relocated to more commercial pastures but his ingenuity and songwriting skill remain indisputably intact. Seth Cohen, you listening?