Matthews is an incredible musician with obvious influences which he makes quite explicit. This is no more evident than in the very first chordal progression highlighted by a delicate vocal melody that could be present in any number of Jeff Buckley songs, particulalrly of Buckley's Grace. The second track however, interestinlgy so, is far more of the direction Buckley was taking as he prepared songs for his second, and ultimatley posthumous, record My sweetheart the drunk. Don't believe Matthews is a Jeff Buckley rip-off however, for with the passing of two Buckleyesque tracks is the far more continental Eyes wider than before a song in a similar vein as to what Jose Gonzalez is doing at the moment, particularly that song they use of his in that advert (forgive me for the vagueness). As you explore the rest of the album you'll get country, jazz and some refreshing use of the accordian. Matthews has composed a truly satisfying debut. Perhaps i say this because he often sounds like Jeff Buckley (whom i still mourn...well i like his stuff at least), both Vocally and musically, but also i hope because he is writing tunes that use the ideas Buckley explored but also himself introduces things he never even thought of, which is why it is so exciting. I would be very surprsied if Matthews didn't follow this in a few years with something that shows a greater amount of growth and individuality, for this record displays a truly intelligent, and importantly young musician.