Winter Child

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Most artists try to hook an audience with strong material at the beginning of an album, hoping listeners will stick around through a relatively flat middle section before ascending again to leave a good final impression. Matt Duke, however, seems to favor an alternative approach. The first five tracks of Winter Child are quite ordinary, with nothing in the writing, singing, or arrangements to distinguish them from thousands of other singer/songwriters hopefully touting their wares. Then, just as you lose heart, comes "One Small Bird." It's a song that wears its vulnerability broadly on its sleeve, but for that very reason it remains endearing. After that, "Listen to Your ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Most artists try to hook an audience with strong material at the beginning of an album, hoping listeners will stick around through a relatively flat middle section before ascending again to leave a good final impression. Matt Duke, however, seems to favor an alternative approach. The first five tracks of Winter Child are quite ordinary, with nothing in the writing, singing, or arrangements to distinguish them from thousands of other singer/songwriters hopefully touting their wares. Then, just as you lose heart, comes "One Small Bird." It's a song that wears its vulnerability broadly on its sleeve, but for that very reason it remains endearing. After that, "Listen to Your Window" brings in a neat atonality to shake things up, and the title cut feels like real energy was expended -- there's a kick of passion about it. It's not all smooth sailing from there -- "Ballroom Dancing" is a bit of a yawn, but the wonderfully titled "Taxidermy & the Skiffle Explosion" draws its guitar playing from the Bert Jansch fake book tempered by Windham Hill (and quite neatly, too, although the piano and voices are a touch of overkill), making for a tasty instrumental. There's a languid quality about the closer, "To Whom It May Concern," that's appealing, too. So it's not a great album -- there's too much filler. But it would make a superb EP, and it's worth sticking around for the extra track, too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Mad Dragon Records
  • UPC: 880794006217
  • Catalog Number: 621

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matt Duke Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, electronics
Marshall Crenshaw Background Vocals
Steve Holley Percussion, Drums
Stewart Lerman Percussion
David Mansfield Violin, Viola
Brad Roberts Background Vocals
Suzzy Roche Background Vocals
Steuart Smith Bass, Harmonica, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, electronics
Jim Klein Piano
Deborah Assael Cello
Rob Morsberger Accordion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Lucy Roche Background Vocals
Gretchen Witt Vocals, Background Vocals
Andrew Keenan Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Stewart Lerman Producer, Engineer, Acoustic Treatments
Michael Pierce Artwork, Concept
Steuart Smith Producer, Acoustic Treatments
Jim Klein Producer
Hermann Hesse Author
Rob Morsberger String Arrangements
Matt Duke Composer, Illustrations, Acoustic Treatments
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Matt Duke's given us a GREAT first album!

    Matt Duke's first album has powerful lyrics and soothing melodies. My personal favorite is "Don't Ask (For Too Much)". I absolutely can't get enough of what Matt has to put out. All of the songs have something different to offer and Matt's voice mastered all of them. I love to listen to this in my car with the windows down, it's so relaxing yet exciting. I highly recommend this album for anyone who listens to John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, etc. However, don't compare him to those artists if you don't like them because this album DEFINATELY deserves a chance on its own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not to be Missed

    This twenty-one year old New Jersey native is quickly making his mark in the music industry. His gift for poetic and inspiring lyrics plus stirring melodies has led to some of the most captivating music on the airwaves today. Matt Duke brings us Winter Child, his full-length debut album. You won't find a sour note or a misplaced word on this folk-rock phenomenon's gem of a release. Winter Child features contributions by musicians such as Marshall Crenshaw, Brad Roberts (of Crash Test Dummies) and Suzie Roche (of The Roches), plus others. But the shining star of this album is Matt Duke's signature songwriting style. This album is not to be missed.

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