City of Black & White

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886971959727
  • Catalog Number: 719597
  • Sales rank: 28,464

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All I Have (4:49)
  2. 2 Fire & Rain (3:50)
  3. 3 Closer to Love (3:37)
  4. 4 Here We Go (4:14)
  5. 5 Lifeline (4:13)
  6. 6 New York to California (4:14)
  7. 7 Runaway Car (4:11)
  8. 8 Never Be Ready (3:36)
  9. 9 Annie (3:48)
  10. 10 Straight Away (3:50)
  11. 11 On & On (4:01)
  12. 12 City of Black & White (5:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mat Kearney Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Electric Piano, 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
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, 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
Technical Credits
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Greg Latterman Management
Matthew Perryman Jones Composer
Paul Moak Engineer
Josiah "Chuks" Bell Composer, Programming
Robert "Aurel M" Marvin Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Chris Testa Engineer
Trent Dabbs Composer
Mat Kearney Composer, Producer
Kate York Composer
Jason Rio Management
Maria P. Marulanda Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Seductive

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I love his voice!!

    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.

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    Posted May 23, 2009

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