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Posted on Saturday, June 12, 2004 @ 08:47:07 UTC
Artist: The Matthew Show
Home: New York City
Style: Experimental Pop/Rock
Quote: "This CD feels like I’m wandering through a musical laboratory, watching Matthew mix and measure while the manuals and textbooks burn in a corner. He doesn’t need them."
By Jennifer Layton
Yes, these songs are long, but the intelligent and creative Matthew has a lot to say. To keep you listening, he shuns everything formulaic, allowing outside noises, ambient sounds, beat poetry about the day job over a shuffling funk beat. Anything goes. Before you know it, the six-minute song is over.
In a voice that sounds like a mix of Jackson Browne and Bono, Matthew starts with “Bring Me Safely Down,” a pop ballad that walks a fine line between following a dream and flying off into danger:
What does it mean
This path that keeps us in our beds
Our greatness waiting till we’re dead ...
The Office Suites tracks contain a violent mosaic of every day job I’ve ever had. He seems to have been at them a lot longer then I have, because he’s pretty much about to snap:
No coffee in the break room
Where’d my network login go
If you touch my fucking Dilbert doll
I’ll break your fucking nose ...
This guy had a Dilbert doll? Never mind. The most interesting part of this song is the observation that surfaces after every outburst: “The doors stay open, but the seats stay filled.” The insanity lies not in the fact that he’s losing his mind in CorporateLand but that he chooses to stay.
Matthew does the mystical, classical, haunting vibe quite well (with a little help from violinist Reggie Rueffer, a wonderful performer). But he can rock as well. The standout track is “Old Enough,” with mesmerizing verses that feel like expectant magic and choruses that burst with bright energy, impressive guitar solos, and lovely vocal harmony.
This CD feels like I’m wandering through a musical laboratory, watching Matthew mix and measure while the manuals and textbooks burn in a corner. He doesn’t need them. This CD, even with the pops and glitches, is spontaneous and intriguing.
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