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Passing Stranger

Scott Matthews Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: San Remo
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,165 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. LIttle Man Tabla Jam part 10:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dream Song 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Fool's Fooling Himself 4:00£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Eyes Wider Than Before 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Sweet Scented Figure 4:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Passing Stranger 4:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Musical Interval 1:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Still Fooling0:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. City Headache 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Nylon Instrumental0:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Elusive 3:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Earth To Calm 4:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen16. LIttle Man Tabla Jam part 20:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
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PASSING STRANGER is Wolverhampton based singer/songwriter Scott Matthews' debut album. Upon acquiring his first guitar at the tender age of seven, Scott immersed himself in the music of such iconic figures, who have forever withstood the test of time: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and Marc Bolan. After spending a number of years playing lead guitar in various Midlands based bands, Scott decided to embark on a solo career. In fact, his very first solo performance lead to a management deal and within a year he was signed to independent label, San Remo and recording his debut album. Scott’s sound is a unique fusion of rock, folk and blues, and features the world renowned tabla player, Sukvinder Singh Namdhari, who has played alongside Ry Cooder and Ravi Shankar. "Inventive album…I keep playing it again and again." **** Maverick "A very worthwhile first effort." - Word "He's fantastic….an absolute genius." - Janice Long (BBC Radio 2) "Exceptionally good…an absolute blinder!" - Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2) Tracks: Little Man Tabla Jam Pt 1 / Dream Song / The Fool’s Fooling Himself / Eyes Wider Than Before / Blue In The Face Again / Sweet Scented Figure / Passing Stranger / Prayers / Musical Interval / Still Fooling / City Headache / Nylon Instrumental / Elusive / Earth To Calm / White Feathered Medicine / Little Man Tabla Jam Pt 2 / Bruno Finale.


An eclectic affair, featuring blues, traditional folk, rock, latin & a favour of the East -- Birmingham Mail

Exceptionally good…an absolute blinder!...A lot like Jeff Buckley and very Nick Drake. -- Mark Radcliffe

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting British Talent 20 Mar 2007
By Nazboy
Format:Audio CD
Wow, that is all that can be said about this album. Scott's approach to his songs is masterful and not in any way pretentious. His songwriting doesn't pander to the mainstream (unlike many other solo artists these days). If you like acoustic guitar based music like myself then you will recognise that Scott is a truly talented player using a combination of styles including delicate strumming, slide and fingerpicking. The guitar playing is really mellow and loose and with Scott's laid back voice the whole scene blends together nicely. The arrangements have a dream-like quality, with multi-layered instruments including sitar, flute and tabla keeping things sounding insteresting. There are very few moments where the album sounds overly commercial.

There are a number of things that I really like about the presentation of the album, firstly he hasn't front loaded it with the better tracks, they are arranged in a way where high quality gems can be found throughout. The beautiful Elusive for instance is near the end where it can be looked forward to. White Feathered Medicine is also a personal favourite with some lovely string plucking and delicate melodies, this also comes toward the latter half of the album. With no less than 17 tracks you can easily take your pick of faves and leave the rest, you will still have yourself a full album of decent songs. I personally find listening to the whole thing right through to be an enjoyable experience.

Each song is really well written, and lyrically strong. You can tell that Scott has put a lot of thought in to all aspects of this album and the net result is something that you will want to play again and again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fantastic 3 Aug 2006
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Having heard the single "Elusive" on a nameless radio station I was transfixed and just had to hear more of Scott Matthews. The album is well worth every penny. The music is blusey, folky, rocky and totally unique.There is not a single track on the whole album I dislike. The combination of his voice and the guitar are just fabulous. This album deserves to be a real hit (as it already is with me) and should become a classic. It's inspiring, relaxing, dreamy and exhilarating all at once. I can't wait to hear more from him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars looking forward from behind 2 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
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.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Passing Stranger 26 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
In a few years time, when Scott Matthews is about to release his eagerly awaited third album, he will have stopped being shadowed by the inevitable Nick Drake / Jeff Buckley comparisons, and instead will have joined his influences on the 'my favourite artists' lists of music lovers everywhere. Because Matthews is too good a songwriter, too good a singer and too good a guitarist to be written off as a mere talented copyist. Here, on his first album, he shows that far from being retro, he is light years ahead of any other singer/songwriter in Britain today. Blunt, Tunstall, Gonzalez et al can go home now that the real thing has arrived and Ryan Adams, Jeff Tweedy and other US demigods can start keeping a seat warm for him at their table.

This is a stunningly accomplished debut, released on the new San Remo label and mastered by Ray Staff, who has worked with The Stones and Led Zepellin amongst others. Ten songs proper nestle amongst seven further short jams and interludes on a record so well mixed, arranged and sequenced that Arthur Lee might be able to pick up a trick or two from listening. Then there's the quality of the songs, as good as anything you will hear this year. Excellent upbeat openers 'Dream Song' and 'The Fool Fooling Himself' echo parts of Jeff Buckley's 'Grace'; the former's strings, tabla and infectious wordless chorus ensuring your attention wont waver a beat for the next 45 minutes. Thereafter the album's more pervasive mellowness dominates. 'Eyes Wider Than Before' is the sweetest of English folk and 'Sweet Scented Figure' crosses delta blues with Nick Drake.

The album peaks with its final perfect four-song run. 'City Headache' finds the narrator equating urban life to feverish illness, finishing in a French waltz.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars New discovery.
Great album, amazing voice and guitarist.
Published 1 month ago by Roberto
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favourites.
I love this album to bits! Scott Matthews is truly talented, his songs are original, beautiful and intelligent. It's a classic.
Published 5 months ago by jo fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album from a fantastic artist.
This album got 5 stars, the songs are worth 6, but the bits in between are a bit messy. One of my top 5 favourite albums. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nigel Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely.
Great album.Thanks for the reviews that persuaded me to try it. Elusive is the stand out song for me as well as City Headache
Published 9 months ago by P. Rodney
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it.
Absolutely love this album. So chilled out and really relaxing. Would def reccomend.would buy other albums by this singer. Stunning. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs EK
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I loved this album .Had not heard Scott Matthews before but I am so glad to have discovered him .Loved this album ,especially the sitar playing on it .Great music making.
Published 13 months ago by naomi warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Find
I found this in a charity shop and took the chance on it seeing as it was only 2euro.
On first listen at home with it's usual family distractions it didn't grab me, but when I... Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2011 by Shane O'Mahony
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album I ever bought. Sublime.
When you get to my age you begin to think you've heard it all and then along comes an album like this one. Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2008 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fave album from 07
The first Scott Matthews song I heard was Passing Stranger and I really liked his unusual sound. He reminded me a bit of Jack Johnson but more soulful. Read more
Published on 22 May 2008 by CJR
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant put it down!
I just know what I like in music, and this instantly worked for me. I was a big Genesis fan 30 years ago, and I keep hearing the haunting "Anthony Philips" sound from Genesis... Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2007 by T. English
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