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All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Continuing to mix harder radio-friendly rock with reflective melancholic and melodic ballads, Matthew Good wastes little time getting the fist-pumping polished nuggets out on "Put Out Your Lights." The tune sounds as if it's not quite finished but leads into a meaty and alluring rock-cum-political rant on "Poor Man's Grey." The tune brings to mind fellow Canadian Danko Jones in certain spots, with its simple yet infectious no-nonsense beat. Good returns to his earlier stomping ground on the lovely "We're So Heavy," with ample twists and turns from melancholia to urgency and back, recalling R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts." What is also noticeable is Good's turn toward some ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason MacNeil
Continuing to mix harder radio-friendly rock with reflective melancholic and melodic ballads, Matthew Good wastes little time getting the fist-pumping polished nuggets out on "Put Out Your Lights." The tune sounds as if it's not quite finished but leads into a meaty and alluring rock-cum-political rant on "Poor Man's Grey." The tune brings to mind fellow Canadian Danko Jones in certain spots, with its simple yet infectious no-nonsense beat. Good returns to his earlier stomping ground on the lovely "We're So Heavy," with ample twists and turns from melancholia to urgency and back, recalling R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts." What is also noticeable is Good's turn toward some roots or country leanings on folksy tunes such as "Empty Road" and especially the hidden track at the album's end. The album's lead single is "Alert Status Red," which pokes at America's heightened tension surrounding terrorism. Rarely has something so lyrically deep come off so infectiously, coming complete with handclaps. "In Love With a Bad Idea" doesn't work quite as well, sounding like a quick poppy run-through. A vast improvement is the power pop meets Replacements punk of the tight "North American for Life." Here former Odds drummer Pat Steward shines. Perhaps the best one-two punch on the album begins with "Blue Skies Over Bad Lands," containing all the traits of a solid Good tune -- deliberate, slow-building musicianship leading into a grand and lengthy anthem such as his previous hit, "Apparition." What ensues is his soulful side on the tender, blues-tinged "Been a While Since I Was Your Man." Perhaps the oddest song is "Ex-Pats of the Mountain Symphony Orchestra," which contains all the earmarks of a track by the Who, especially "Won't Get Fooled Again."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602498623787
  • Catalog Number: 9862378
  • Sales rank: 267,206

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matthew Good Primary Artist
Warne Livesey Electric Guitar
Pat Steward Drums
Matthew Good Band Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Robyn Carrigan Background Vocals
Richard Priske Bass
Paul Rigby Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Warne Livesey Producer, Engineer
Pat Steward Composer
Matthew Good Composer
Matthew Good Band Art Direction
Richard Priske Composer
Tim Young Mastering
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