I had been aware of Matt Nathanson for sometime thanks to "Come On Get Higher", however it wasn't until I saw him support Train last year that I really took notice. Both acts were really on top form, and Matt demonstrated a seemingly rare understanding that if you go to see a artist, then you hope for more than them simply playing the best hits, album-verbatim, in a row and then leaving the stage. If that's what you want then you may as well sit at home and turn the album up loud. Matt dealt with this by mixing up the songs, performing covers and having great banter with the crowd whilst explaining the origins of the songs. Seriously, if you get the opportunity, go see him live as his on-stage presence is very strong.
After the show I went home and ordered "Modern Love" immediately, and boy, I was not disappointed. In my opinion, ML is an album that I can listen to in its entirety without skipping a single song. This is a commendable achievement, coming from someone who's skip-on button on the car stereo is decidedly worn. That's not to say the album is perfect; I think the latter half is possible a bit weaker than the first, but I suppose that's just telling at how good the album is that even the worse songs are great. After many listens, I think that "Run", "Queen of Knots" and "Bottom of the Sea" are possibly my least favourite, with it being very difficult to identify a favourite as I love all the rest.
I suppose, in short, this album makes a good introduction to someone who should probably be a lot more famous than he is and is well worth a purchase. Certainly one of my favourite albums that still, a year after purchase, is on regular stereo rotation.