Some Mad Hope

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson has been playing the college circuit for quite a few years now, impressing coeds with his energetic live show (which often includes a collection of well-known covers) and heartfelt guitar playing. So those already enamored of Nathanson should have no reason for complaint on his second major-label release -- and sixth overall -- Some Mad Hope. The same themes he's dealt with on his previous albums -- regret and desire, roughly -- are here, the same sentimental lyrics and sweet descriptions of past loves, presented in major keys and with clean production. It's typical stuff but it's done well, mixed so Nathanson's emotive voice comes through ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson has been playing the college circuit for quite a few years now, impressing coeds with his energetic live show (which often includes a collection of well-known covers) and heartfelt guitar playing. So those already enamored of Nathanson should have no reason for complaint on his second major-label release -- and sixth overall -- Some Mad Hope. The same themes he's dealt with on his previous albums -- regret and desire, roughly -- are here, the same sentimental lyrics and sweet descriptions of past loves, presented in major keys and with clean production. It's typical stuff but it's done well, mixed so Nathanson's emotive voice comes through clearly. But for these same reasons, those unfamiliar with the musician's repertoire may be unimpressed by his overall ordinariness. His melodies, his lyrics, and his arrangements are hard to distinguish from all the Howie Days, Jason Mrazs, Mat Kearneys, and Ari Hests out there. While Nathanson occasionally has a good line or two ("September took the tourists and settled in for good/We could hear the trains again/Brooklyn girls in scarves"), his lyrics neglect subtlety and nuance completely, opting instead for the obvious and straightforward. Not that everything needs to be shadowed in gray and distant allusions, but yet another "Come on and drive me wild" or "I want to be somebody else" is boring and unoriginal and gets lost in the immense pile of clich├ęs, limiting the album's reasons to be listened to. There are a few bits that stand out (the stripped-down "Bulletproof Weeks," the interesting emotional semi-detachment of "Gone"), but most of Some Mad Hope is inoffensive and unremarkable -- certainly not bad, but only good enough to satisfy longtime fans and not win any new ones.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2007
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707982726
  • Catalog Number: 79827
  • Sales rank: 45,754

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Car Crash (3:28)
  2. 2 Come on Get Higher (3:35)
  3. 3 Heartbreak World (3:27)
  4. 4 Gone (3:29)
  5. 5 Wedding Dress (3:54)
  6. 6 Bulletproof Weeks (4:01)
  7. 7 To the Beat of Our Noisy Hearts (3:01)
  8. 8 Still (3:51)
  9. 9 Detroit Waves (3:13)
  10. 10 Falling Apart (3:25)
  11. 11 Sooner Surrender (4:29)
  12. 12 All We Are (3:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matt Nathanson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Marshall Altman Percussion, Background Vocals
John Thomasson Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Jim McGorman Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Aaron Tap Electric Guitar
Jason McGerr Percussion, Drums
Jason McKenzie Percussion, Drums
Michael Chavez Guitar
Suzie McNeil Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jim Latham String Arrangements
Marshall Altman Producer, Engineer
Ryan Williams Engineer
Karl Egsieker Engineer
Eric Robinson Engineer
Doug Tyo Engineer
Jordan Kurland Management
Andrew Paynter Cover Photo
Mike Laza Engineer
Marcus Samperio Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    some purchases are GIFTS.....why ask for a review on ALL items purchased? this is getting ludicrous!

    since I HAD to click a star I clicked only 1 star....but I have NO idea because this was a GIFT.....it was not for my personal use!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE this CD!

    Absolutely one of my favorite CDs! Songs are original, great music - great job Matt!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    I really like the songs on here!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely lovely!

    Unremarkable? What an inaccurate description of this work. I buy very few CDs because they are just that. However, this CD is so incredibly well done that it's almost criminal to call it unremarkable. Matt's voice and the lyrics are so clear and beautiful that it's hard not to react. This CD is truly lovely and touching. You will not regret the purchase. If you are looking for an artist who hides his/her message behind large/ambiguous words, Matt Nathanson is not for you. If you are interested in being moved by an artist's honesty, clarity, and depth you won't go wrong purchasing this one! Well done, Matt.
    Signed,
    New Fan (in every sense of the word).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    okay, this is THE best cd EVER. I know someone said you couldn't attract new fans, but she was wrong. I'm a new fan, I had never heard of him, but was just browsing through cd's, and I have to say, this is THE best one that I have had in a long while. BUY THIS, you WON'T be sorry! NEW FANS TOO!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I love this CD. I love all the songs. I listen to this one over and over.

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