Matthew Kirkcaldie

(REAL NAME)
 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (7 of 9)
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,835,164 - Total Helpful Votes: 7 of 9
Worry Doll by Matthew Coyle
Worry Doll by Matthew Coyle
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Worry Doll began life as a children's book but the bottom fell out pretty quickly, dropping readers in a nightmare vision of meticulously rendered hallucinations. This book is disturbingly real and frighteningly unreal, an uneasy road movie laden with suggestion, symbols and tension. Don't look to the text for help, it just rebuffs you with its oblique commentary and slippery relationship to the images. Coyle has achieved the kind of disjoint, broken reality Freud termed "unheimlich": in the same way Kubrick explored the strangeness of the real, and Lynch breaks through narrative expectations to unsettle an audience, Worry Doll takes the format of the graphic novel, bends it, plays with it… Read more
The Letting Go ~ Bonnie Prince Billy
The Letting Go ~ Bonnie Prince Billy
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This record caught me unprepared. I've been an Oldham fan for nearly 10 years, and loved many of his albums - those of recent years have been excellent (e.g. Master and Everyone, Superwolf) but hadn't given me the same chill as, say, Days in the Wake or Arise Therefore. I just assumed I was getting older and more jaded. This record blew those notions out like cobwebs, its beauty grabs me time and again when I least expect, and makes my hairs stand on end. The strings have a lush austerity like Robert Kirby's arrangements for Nick Drake, Jim White plays with sympathy and restraint, and Dawn McCarthy's voice seems to slide in from another dimension - but this record is more than even these… Read more