by Matthew West


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History boasts a groovy acoustic funk sound that lands Matthew West in between the likes of Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, and Jack Johnson. The title refers to a headlong look back at his life so far (28 may seem a bit young to begin examining one's life so closely, yet he seems to draw a surprisingly large amount of energy from such reflection). It works well as a concept album that examines (surprise!) his past, present, and future. Style-wise, it bounces back and forth from soul to rock to even grassroots gospel. West walks down a time line in which he recalls his first believing moment ("Next Thing You Know"), his search for eternal love ("The Day Before You"), an affirmation of God's presence during a period of doubt ("I Know You're There"), and other watershed moments of spirituality. At its best, it is a transparent beam of light into the soul of a talented songwriter. At times, however, it is a memory piece with lyrics so personal that it offers little in the way of singalong choruses or radio-friendly pop hooks. Still, the message gets across that everyone has equally poignant and personal moments as these. Upon listening, one can't help but start brainstorming his or her own version of History in hopes of recalling similarly treasured memories.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2005
Label: Universal South
UPC: 0075021034747
catalogNumber: 000393102
Rank: 92800

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matthew West   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ashley Cleveland   Background Vocals
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Catchings   Cello
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
B. James Lowry   Acoustic Guitar
Chris McHugh   Percussion,Drums
Mike Payne   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tim Lauer   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Matt Payne   Drums
Mark Hill   Bass
Ken Lewis   Percussion,Drums
Jason Houser   Background Vocals
Sam Mizell   Background Vocals
Joel West   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Angell   String Section
David Davidson   String Section
Kenny Greenberg   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Mills Logan   Engineer
Pamela Sixfin   String Section
Kris Wilkinson   String Section
Helen Darling   Composer
Tim Lauer   Programming,String Arrangements
Monisa Angell   String Section
Jan Cook   Art Direction
Jason Houser   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tim Frank   Art Direction
Matthew West   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Audio Production
Sam Mizell   Composer

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