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  • Audio CD (31 Aug. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B0000035H8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Orchestrated pop hasn't been much in vogue since the late 1960s when bands such as Love, the Zombies, the Beach Boys, and the Beatles tooled around with instruments usually found in an conservatory. But with his conservative, finely tailored sartorial sense, Eric Matthews hasn't let that stop him from crafting an unusually good piece of retro-pop in the mid-1990s. Once a member of Cardinal with the Moles's Richard Davies, Matthews indulges in the sort of atmospheric pop somewhere between "Good Vibrations" and dry martini lounge music--and without sounding contrived or self-consciously cool. --Rob O'Connor

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Though not quite as consistent as Matthews' follow up, 'The Lateness Of The Hour', this is a must buy for melodic/Baroque pop mavens purely for the 'Penny Lane' styled 'Fanfare', a modern classic of pure pop glory. The rest of the material displays fully formed all the elements of Matthews' sophisticated Baroque sensibility, albeit often as tantalising song sketches, not quite as 'fully realised' as this standout track or on 'Lateness'. That said, the effect of this, icy post Television guitars and the sparse orchestral arrangements is to enhance the soft gothic, mesmerisingly ethereal quality of the album. What results is an enigmatic and often subtly disconcerting ambience of understated but unpretentious [and I have to say it] profundity, utterly bereft of the lacklustre gloom or self indulgence of lesser talents: Matthews' vision is far, far more transcendent than the mere cul de sac angst of popular 'shoe gazer' artists. Neither does his sheer craftsmanship undermine the beauty and intensity of this effortlessly subtle and intricate material, notably on the gorgeous 'Fried Out Broken Girl', a piano based opus echoing prime Brian Wilson. Furthermore Matthews also possesses an exquisite, almost sensually breathy vocal delivery reminiscent of [the Zombies' ] Colin Blunstone. Along with Mark Eitzel and Scott Miller, Matthews must be one of contemporary music's finest unheralded vocal stylists. In fact, notwithstanding the earlier Cardinal project with Richard Davies, this is as self assured, mature and impressive a debut as you could ever hear. Make no mistake, Matthews is a major talent: would that he were more prolific; the only problem discovering artists of this calibre.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Syriat TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2013
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Chamber pop was founded by artists like Matthews. This was his first offering and it needs to be put into context. it was released in 1995 on the sub pop label. Now that's something to consider. Sub Pop at the time were about to merge with Warners, their main output was Grunge (they released Nirvana's first album after all) and this was very different. Charming, pop and not always mainstream this was an album of beauty and thought and flew in the face of all that.

Fanfare was released as a single to some MTV airplay but little commercial impact. Its horns, hushed vocals and very twisty melody wasn't easily accessible for some. But it has a quality to linger. Horns, the kind you might hear in a brass band, are all over this album as is piano. But so is a unique ear for melody. You won't always be able to tell where the tune is headed from the first bar and sometimes it changes direction mid-way. However, tracks like Forging Plastic Pain, Lust Takes Time and Fried Out Broken Girl linger long after. This is a mature début offering and really works well on repeated listens. Its haunting, beautiful and somehow full of joy.

Matthews went on to more solo albums and more recognition for Cardinal. However, this début is worth checking out.
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By Kevin Williams on 29 Sept. 2013
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I've had this since it first came out years ago, bought this as a gift for my lad who lives in Japan,
he knows his music, and agrees with me, that this a classic album. Buy it!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Modern Pop Masterpiece 29 July 1999
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Not since the days of Arthure Lee and Nick Drake, as there been an album of such lush and beautiful pop music. These are not easy songs. While the melodies are inescapable, they are intricate and the lyrics obscure. But artists such as Love and Elvis Costello have always demanded more of our attention and, more importantly, deserved it. Without any reservations, let me say the same for Mr. Matthews.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
We love this cd 20 Jun. 2004
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Several years on, one kid, one of us now in their 40's, love Radiohead, went through heavy Sebadoh, Oasis, Superdrag, Belle & Sebastian, Supergrass, Elliott Smith, and Sloan periods/obsessions, and we keep coming back to this brilliant cd. Not sure what Eric is doing these days but he was right, "Eric will haunt you."
The arrangements, vocals, lyrics and the entire fully sonic package is wonderful. Dinner party music, Sunday morning music with your chai, or even enjoying some fresh chiba on a warm summer night/or cold winter night; I think this suits any occasion.
Thank you Eric Matthews for this masterpiece.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A very warm sounding album with great songs. 15 July 1998
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Format: Audio CD
"It's Heavy In Here" is an original piece of laid-back orchestral pop music. The songs are great, but the production is even better. In contrast to other albums released on Eric's label (Subpop), "It's Heavy" has a very full and warm sound that uses more harpsichords and oboes than distorted electric guitars. Worth getting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
very different, very cool 29 Jun. 1999
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This album is really great. The variety of instruments that are used is refreshing. Any musician who uses a harpsichord *has* to be cool. The only reason that I give this four stars instead of five is that I find the lyrics a little too obscure and I struggle to relate to them. I'd advise not reading the lyrics whilst listening to the recording, at the risk of being a little confused.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A unique talent 16 April 2002
By Christopher Ingalls - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Take the lovesick world-weariness of Tanita Tikaram and combine it with the mature pop sensibilities of XTC, and you've got a vague idea as to the sound of Eric Matthews. Hailing from Oregon, this singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist recorded two albums for Seattle's Sub Pop label, but that's where any affiliation with the "grunge" sound ends. His music is lush, orchestrated pop/rock. Singing in a husky, almost whispering voice, Matthews gorgeous melodies are framed with traditional rock instruments (guitar, bass, drums), but he lays on some nice baroque arrangements with strings and trumpets, giving the songs a Beatles-flavored, almost psychedelic sound.
My favorite tracks include the irresistibly catchy opener, "Fanfare," the REM-meets-Matthew Sweet "Hop and Tickle" and the bizarre "Three-Cornered Moon," which, with its unusual combination of saxophone, strings and harpsichord, sounds like it could be an outtake from XTC's "Skylarking" album.
This is dense, mature, unique music. Also check out the follow-up, "The Lateness of the Hour." Does anybody know what this guy's been up to for the past five years?
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