City of Black & White

City of Black & White

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by Mat Kearney
     
 
On his second album, City of Black and White, Mat Kearney leaves behind any lingering folkie traits, along with any hippie rapping, and dives headfirst into pure AAA songcraft, placing sweet melodies at center stage. Kearney's songs go down easily but that hasn't stopped him from relying on a glistening production that

Overview

On his second album, City of Black and White, Mat Kearney leaves behind any lingering folkie traits, along with any hippie rapping, and dives headfirst into pure AAA songcraft, placing sweet melodies at center stage. Kearney's songs go down easily but that hasn't stopped him from relying on a glistening production that sugarcoats everything he sings, supporting his tunes with lightly looped rhythms, guitars that whisper or echo like the Edge and keyboards so subtle they merely add texture. It's a ProTooled production, but thankfully it's merely mannered, not overly fussy: everything is in its right place, right down to when the fingers squeak on the guitar strings, the subtle tapestry as intrinsic to the album's success as Kearney's gently insistent melodies. While nothing here is attention-grabbing -- that's just not his style -- this is adult alternative mood music of the highest order, a record that might serve up some songs the dedicated can sink their teeth into but is best heard for how it elegantly glides into the background.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886971959727
catalogNumber:
719597
Rank:
55605

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mat Kearney   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Bells
Lynn Nichols   Electric Guitar
Jason Lehning   Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Tyler Burkum   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Aaron Sands   Bass
Will Sayles   Drums
Tony Lucido   Bass
Paul Moak   Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Electronic Mandolin,Hammond B3
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Sampling,Vocoder,Synthesizer Bass,Tack Piano
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Claire Indie   Cello
Jeremy Lutito   Drums
Gabe Scott   Hammered Dulcimer,Lap Steel Guitar
Joshua Crosby   Drums
Dan Brigham   Guitar,Piano,Cello,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael Logan   Composer
Greg Latterman   Management
Matthew Perryman Jones   Composer
Paul Moak   Engineer
Josiah "Chuks" Bell   Composer,Programming
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Chris Testa   Engineer
Trent Dabbs   Composer
Mat Kearney   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Kate York   Composer
Jason Rio   Management
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Dan Brigham   Programming

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City of Black & White 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ChrisCL More than 1 year ago
For months, I've been wondering who the man is behind the awesome voice. Finally, on 99.1, I heard the announcer mention Mat Kearney is the artist behind "Closer to Love," which is his latest that I've heard. My alarm radio is set to 99.1. When Mat's song comes on, my foot's tapping before my eyes are fully opened. I love his style and his voice. I am buying this album for myself and at least one for now as a gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Matt Kearney is a find. His music reverberates in one's mind. It's evocative, emotional and moving. You get lost in the sound, in the lyrics, the feeling and find yourself in another world, completely taken away wondering where he's been hiding.
Sabrielle More than 1 year ago
I first heard about this singer on the soundtrack at my workplace. I hardly listen to the radio, so his hit songs were new to me. I immediately bought the cd based on the few songs I had heard at work. Every single song on this cd is well written and fantastically performed. If you like easy listening or soft rock I highly recommend Matt Kearney. His lyrics and voice are inspirational and give the listener an earful of emotion and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago