Matthew Symons

Helpful votes received on reviews: 79% (27 of 34)
Location: Brisbane, Australia


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,386,954 - Total Helpful Votes: 27 of 34
Traffic and Weather ~ Fountains Of Wayne
Traffic and Weather ~ Fountains Of Wayne
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Call off the race, album of the year is already here and it's not even the end of May. Hyperbole aside, this is stirring, fantastic stuff, and yet another gem from Fountains of Wayne - the seminal power pop band of the last 10 years, who represent all that is good about that particular genre. If you are familiar with any of their earlier albums, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect - perfect pop songs, choruses to die for, big guitars, and each song a perfectly detailed and observed story of everday people, and their everday concerns, be it pride in a newly bought car ("'92 Subaru"), falling for the girl working at the Motor Registry ("Yolanda Hayes") or owing money to some… Read more
Cassadaga (Digipack) ~ Bright Eyes
Cassadaga (Digipack) ~ Bright Eyes
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A definite grower, 21 April 2007
The last Bright Eyes album proper, "I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning" was, for my tastes, a fantastic album, one of the very best of 2005, and represented a maturation of mainman Conor Oberst's songwriting from the sporadically excellent "Lifted". Hopes were high for "Cassadaga", especially when I heard "Four Winds", the first single, which wedded intelligent lyrics to a Neil Young like country rock tune. I can't help but feel that "Cassadaga" though, after the first couple of listens, doesn't quite match up to expectations. Indeed, "Four Winds" is the most accessible 'pop' song on the album. Having said that, this is an album that really requires more than a cursory listen. The richness of the… Read more
The Odds Of Winning ~ The Churchills
The Odds Of Winning ~ The Churchills
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"The Odds of Winning" is the third release from the New Jersey band, who are highly regarded by the power pop fraternity. It is a high quality album, reminding this listener of Fountains of Wayne ("I'm A Sucker For A Girl In Uniform"), Weezer and Nada Surf, and belongs at the slightly harder edged end of the power pop spectrum. In fact, this would be my chief criticism of the album, that there tends to be a surfeit of medium tempo songs swathed in layers of electric guitars, when a bit more colour and variety would have broadened the record's sonic appeal. That said, there are a number of cracking tunes, not least the 2 openers, "Not So Goodbye" and "Sometimes Your Best Isn't Good Enough",… Read more