Matt Sawyer

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (7 of 7)
Location: Nottingham, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,447,799 - Total Helpful Votes: 7 of 7
Amplifier ~ Amplifier
Amplifier ~ Amplifier
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I'm not a huge fan of heavy rock; I tend to listen to the quieter, more melodic veins of rock music. However, every once in a while, some loud and growling surprise jumps out at me, screaming `You there, pay attention to me! I'm every bit as good as your usual, easy-on-the-ears listening!' The self-titled debut from Amplifier was one of these surprises.

My first thought upon listening was `How does a three-piece make so much noise, and make it sound so good?' Frontman Sel Balamir uses a variety of pedals and effects to switch the sound of his guitar at will, yet it doesn't sound overly synthesised; there's something raw and menacing about it. The slow, low growling of Motorhead… Read more
Tightly Unwound ~ Pineapple Thief
Tightly Unwound ~ Pineapple Thief
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Discovery, 2 Dec 2008
I happened upon this album (and in fact the band itself) purely by chance - and I'm rather glad I did. After having listened to a few previews of Tightly Unwound, I went straight ahead and bought it.

The opening pair of tracks, "My Debt To You" and "Shoot First" were my original two favourites. The first, a melodic, beautifully-flowing acoustic track, has an entirely different effect to the second, a faster number which laces acoustic with electric to create a rather satisfying sound.

After a while other tracks grew on me. The moody opening to "Tightly Wound", with its synthesized reverberating, almost alien sound is absolutely fantastic, in my opinion - and it… Read more