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Seeing as many bands are on-fire one album and completely fizzled out the next, it was almost too easy to expect next to nothing for Matchbook Romance's follow-up Epitaph release. Stories and Alibis was a decent album in the ranks of all the other post-hardcore/emo-esque records that came out in the early 2000s, but no song on that album could at all prepare listeners for the ambition the band showcases on Voices. What awaits unsuspecting ears is a moody, intense, dramatic, and orchestrated second full-length tour de force. From the awesomely creepy claymation-type exterior artwork to the shadowy atmosphere that permeates each song, this is one cohesive, dark record that manages to be quietly epic and ambitious without seeming too overdone and indulgent. Weary piano notes introduce the somber, stalker-themed "You Can Run, But We'll Find You," a sweeping song that soon escalates to such lengths that visions of English rockers Muse become increasingly apparent. This comparison -- especially in Andrew Jordan's now richer, deeper vocal style -- will remain fresh in the mind as "Surrender" bursts next, one of the record's most straightforward rockers, guitars and drums briefly battling it out mid-song, before the soaring final chorus kicks in with "Don't waste your breath/ Save your tears for somebody who believes." Lyrics hinting of deception, regret, fear, and love give a sense that Voices is the soundtrack to a disturbing romance movie where the night finds its subjects battling demons -- both in reality and in their heads. In this sense, Matchbook Romance has achieved a passionate urgency that makes their songs -- even the slower ones -- aggressive without having to rely on harsh breakdowns or screamy backgrounds. Almost halfway through the album, the memorable "Monsters" appears and proves to be a soaring, clap-happy anthem with eerie guitar picking that should have your flight instincts kicking in -- if only so much dancing wasn't going on instead. The addition of string sections brings a gentle, melancholy essence to many songs -- from the well-crafted, seven-minute "Goody, Like Two Shoes" to the affectionate, sun-emerging-from-behind-the-clouds, redemption love song of "What a Sight." There's also a hidden acoustic song that surfaces around the 11:30 mark of the last track that, while not critical, is worth at least one listen through to finish things off. Unexpectedly, Matchbook Romance has managed with Voices to take the dramatic qualities of Muse and combine them with the smooth intensity of the Alkaline Trio and My Chemical Romance, distinctly reinventing themselves from emo novelties into genuine rock contenders. Here's to looking forward to whatever they come up with next.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2006
Label: Epitaph / Ada
UPC: 0045778677429
catalogNumber: 86774
Rank: 269723

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Matchbook Romance   Primary Artist
Phil Peterson   Cello
Aaron Stern   Drums,Group Member
Ryan Kienle   Bass,Group Member
Andrew Jordan   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Mark Renk   Piano
Ryan Depaolo   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Victoria Parker   Violin
Phillip Pierce   Guitar
Trish Scearce   Pump Organ
Trish Scearce   Pump Organ

Technical Credits

John Goodmanson   Producer,Audio Production
Shawn Harris   Artwork
Phil Peterson   String Arrangements
Matchbook Romance   Composer
Mike Lapierre   Engineer
Andrew Jordan   Composer
Mark Renk   Vocal Coach
Phillip Pierce   Guitar Techician
Emilee Seymour   Artwork
Benji Woerly   Drum Technician

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Voices 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite song off of this CD is monsters. if there is one song i want played at my funeral its this song. any band that can make a song this good cant be all bad. and give them a break they just broke up. Listen and Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So, I love Matchbook Romance. They are one of my favorite bands, and so I was happy when, after two years of announcements, the new album was finally coming out. So I went out and purchased. Needless to say, Voices was well worth the wait. The actual music on this CD is deep adn driving and ome of the best I ever heard. Lyrically, the albu, lacks a little as a lot of the songs repeat the same lines throughout. In terms of the vocals, it seems as if he was still trying to find his mark, but it still sounds extremely well -- though greatly different from Storres and Alibies as well as the two prior EP's. Overall, this is an amazingfollow-up that hints a lot to the moody feeling that My Chemical Romance offers, but with anguish that Senses Fail or even From First to Last include in their works. I recomend trachs 8 and 10, but the entire album is well worth the price and the time it takes to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to hear loud, chaotic, and very depressing music then this is the CD for you. It sounds like the songwriter/singer has some sort of a guilt complex. He keeps singing about all the horrible things he's done, all the girls he's hurt (physically and emotionally). All in all I was kind of dissapointed. I don't like hearing about how many innocent girls he's slept with, etc.
askatergirl More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Matchbook Romance and my friend had told me their new CD was coming out. I was super excited. However, he told me that the new CD wasn't their best work. I ignored him and bought the CD anyway, and I must say, I wasnt too happy with it. It was so dark; much darker than I expected and if you've listened to Your Alibies, they are pretty dark but holy crap. I LOVE MATCHBOOK despite this, but buy on your own risk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago