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Modern Love [CD]

Matt Nathanson Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (30 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Welk
  • ASIN: B004ZLBU6I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,551 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Faster
2. Modern Love
3. Love Comes Tumbling Down
4. Room @ the End of the World
5. Kiss Quick
6. Mercy
7. Kept
8. Run (feat. Sugarland) - Sugarland
9. Queen of (K)nots
10. Drop to Hold You
11. Bottom of the Sea

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album From a Very Talented Artist 5 May 2013
By Memphis
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Singer/Songwriter album 13 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Didn't like his last album but this is way better. Great songs, beautifully constructed and played, great vocals and song structure make for a superb album.
Turn down the lights, sit back and let it wash over you!!!

Great stuff!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent album 31 Oct 2012
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Matt is new to me and I bought this album after hearing one song on "Hart of Dixie" I am so impressed with it that I have bought another two of his albums - This album is Excellent !!
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By DMD01
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As a huge Matt Nathanson fan, I couldn't wait for the release of this album. When it was finally released I bought it, listened to it, and... I wasn't impressed.

On the face of it there's a huge difference between Modern Love and his other albums like Beneath These Fireworks and Some Mad Hope. There's less of the deep and soulful melodies and far more upbeat songs and it didn't emotionally connect with me. Bemused, I sat down and listened again, properly. It's a good job I did.

While it may have an upbeat vibe, the lyrics are still deep and meaningful. Faster for example seems like a throwaway pop song. It even includes a line about how the girl's lips taste like bubblegum. What makes this album brilliant is how Matt then subverts that expectation to create something with the catchiness of a pop song, but with something that's more than skin deep, more so than on his other albums.

Faster, Modern Love, Room @ The End Of The World, Queen of (k)nots, Bottom of the Sea all fit in that category and they are some of the best songs on the album. However, if you really dislike that you'll still find great songs in the more traditional Matt Nathanson songs of Kiss Quick and Love Comes Tumbling Down.

The only really bad song is Kept, just because it's terribly unmemorable and even after listening to the album 10 or so times I couldn't even sing a single line from it. Unlike a previous reviewer I liked Drop to Hold You and on the whole it's a strong album. Throw in those three classics at the end (although Car Crash isn't suited to being acoustic only) and you've got a 5 star worthy album that sits alongside Beneath These Fireworks as having the best good-bad song ratio.

Buy it - you won't be disappointed.
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