ALBUM REVIEW               :           MATADOR

ARTIST                                  :           GAZ COOMBES

GENRE                                  :           INDIE ROCK

DATE RELEASED               :           2015


There is an eerie feeling when you listen to the first song of this album.  You can’t help but conclude if this is another gothic rock album which is quite passé at this point in time.  However, in the middle of “Buffalo” song, there is a shift in music it transforms into classic rock giving the song a little drama; feels like you are listening to a Deep Purple song in here.

After the first and you are done listening with “20/20” and “The English Ruse” you develop high expectations with succeeding songs.  The first three songs speaks of how much talent this rock singer can offer.  He can sing like Freddy Mercury, you can visualize him performing like rock version of Justin Timberlake or Robbie Williams, and a versatile voice that is still melodious to your ears even when he is just cooing

True to it, “The Girl Who Fell To Earth” as the fourth song in this album did not disappoint.  He merges folk and U2 type of rock songs and of pop vocal reminiscent along the style of Paolo Nuttini and Beck or even David Gray.  The song “Detroit” is quite similar in style with that of Stone Temle Pilots early recordings.  In “Needle’s Eye,” there is an element of funk and gospel in the song thus making it one of the most easy to remember songs in this album.

In “Seven Walls,” he tried to deliver melancholic rock and somehow it works. But, the whole feel of the song makes you think of Depeche Mode album during their Songs of Faith and Devotion album.  You might expect a very lively song in “Oscillate” which is not by the way. Instead what you have in here is a song reminiscent of what Paul Simon did after “Graceland” album.

The song “To The Wire” and “Matador” are proofs that the whole album has certain disappointment.  You expect this song to develop into full crescendo until it soars.  However, something happened along the and it seems that Gaz Coombes is holding on and avoided reaching out to high gear in this song.  Yes, this is basically the whole situation in this record; you feel that he can do better with the songs to make it more impactful and create one of the best albums of all time.  Unfortunately, he choose to take it this album in a stride as if this is just made to fulfil recording contract obligations and be done with it.

Just the same, the album is good and I rate this record 4 stars out of five stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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