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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
All four songs from Matt Hires' first EP, Live from the Hotel Café, make additional appearances on his full-length debut, which expands the songwriter's acoustic sound into something slick and polished. As before, the quaver in Hires' voice is nearly omnipresent, although the sheer energy of "Listen to Me Now" effectively masks that vocal tic. Although ballads make frequent appearances, Take Us to the Start sounds best at its most brisk, when Hires trades the coffeehouse aspirations of his slower songs for something more akin to driving, mainstream pop
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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
All four songs from Matt Hires' first EP, Live from the Hotel Café, make additional appearances on his full-length debut, which expands the songwriter's acoustic sound into something slick and polished. As before, the quaver in Hires' voice is nearly omnipresent, although the sheer energy of "Listen to Me Now" effectively masks that vocal tic. Although ballads make frequent appearances, Take Us to the Start sounds best at its most brisk, when Hires trades the coffeehouse aspirations of his slower songs for something more akin to driving, mainstream pop
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678959714
  • Catalog Number: 519718

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Honey, Let Me Sing You a Song (4:08)
  2. 2 State Lines (2:49)
  3. 3 A Perfect Day (3:42)
  4. 4 Listen to Me Now (3:01)
  5. 5 You in the End (3:59)
  6. 6 Turn the Page (3:54)
  7. 7 O Sunrise (4:08)
  8. 8 Pick Me Up (3:47)
  9. 9 You Are the One (3:26)
  10. 10 Out of the Dark (4:07)
  11. 11 Tangled Web (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matt Hires Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Human Whistle, Crowd Noise
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Chris Chaney Bass
Sara Bareilles Background Vocals
Aaron Sterling Drums
Chris Reynolds Percussion
Technical Credits
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Harry Shannon Composer
Gregg Wattenberg Composer
Gus Black Composer
Sara Bareilles Composer
Chris Reynolds Engineer, Digital Editing
Carolyn Tracey Package Production
Matt Hires Composer
Kristie Borgmann Art Manager
Chris Stang Marketing
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I recommend checking him out

    Matt Hires is a promising young artist who has chosen some really wonderful songs for his album. He gets better with every listen. He's also pretty good live - even barefoot!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    another month of this crap

    every month there's another crappy indiepuppet album chosen for the in store play. pete yorn, james morrison, crosby loggins are all ISP's B&N has had; and along with other forgotton names, they've all sounded EXACTLY THE SAME with almost no variation, sometimes the keys are even the same from month to month...it might be music but it's certainly not original or art. it's discomforting to know that so many people refuse to recognize such an obvious conspiracy. "HERE'S THE EASIEST STUFF TO MASS PRODUCE, IT WON'T OFFEND ANYBODY BECAUSE IT'S COMPLETELY DEVOID OF INTELLECTUAL QUALITY AND IT'S CATCHY AND REPETITIVE...LIKE DISCO." so there!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    A Refreshing CD

    With a voice that reminds me of both the Counting Crows and Greg Laswell, Matt Hires first full length CD is a pleasant surprise. I heard it in the music dept of B&N and was immediately captivated by the quality of the music. Intelligent lyrics, nice tight musicianship and a good mix add up to a CD that I have been listening to repeatedly since I picked it up.

    Do yourself a favor and pick this up. You will not be disappointed.

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