SMOKY TRACKS

ALBUM TITLE                        :        FRESH BLOOD

ARTIST                                   :        MATTHEW E. WHITE

GENRE                                    :        POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        2015

The album is aptly titled Fresh Blood.  The moment you hear the first song “Take Care My Baby” you feel like you stumbled something new musically.  In these days where radio try to dictate your musical taste by peddling and constantly playing inane pop songs, Matthew E. White is an answered prayer. He has smoky voice which is a welcome relief that you will not hear him screaming throughout the whole album. Instead, you hear him being relaxed singing mind relaxing songs even if it is called “Rock and Roll Is Cold.”

Even when he is singing songs with psychedelic musical background, he made it easy for listeners to absorb the tune and make it like an acceptable pop song.  “Holy Moly” can be likened to early Bob Dylan tracks where intelligent and simple lyrics rule the song instead of trying to be poetic and alienate listeners.  Even when he sing some sort of a lazy song, you can still feel his passion being voiced out in the song like what he did in “Circle Around The Sun. and Feeling Good Is Good Enough” It is like Beck Meets Dylan Meets Michael Franks.  The kind of song you want to hear on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

“Tranquility”is no doubt a very serene song.  It invites you to close your eyes and find your own peace of mind while you listen to this song. In “Golden Robes” and “Vision” he showed that he can also fashion songs ala Burt Bacharach style.  Time will tell if Matthew E. White will last song. He will find difficulties on making his music palatable if listeners will not level their musical taste to accommodate his kind of music.

I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 star.

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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