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Matinée
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 16 November 2007
There are many key ingredients to having a successful debut album, and on Matinee Jack Penate seems to have included all the best ones.

Through his distinctive voice, with it's regular forays into the falcetto and London twang, and the fast-paced jangly guitars, Penate definitely creates his own sound and makes his songs instantly recognisable. Whilst some might prefer lyrics to be more abstract, Jack's words are more than a little Dylan-esque in their starkness and clarity, if not necessarily in their complexity, particularly when he is busy being observational.

And with a distinctive voice and good lyrics, what more do you need? Well of course, no debut album can truly be a success without great songs. And it is here that Jack Penate really excells. My favourites are the 4, 5, 6 sequence. Torn on the Platform, probably the stand out track and clear choice for first hit single, shows a love for home that anyone can identify with. Next comes Learning Lines, which I first heard when I saw him play in a pub on Pentonville Road two years ago. Learning Lines (particularly in the 'secret' version which comes after the end of the album) is a very distinctive song, especially when placed here amongst the jingle-jangle of most of the rest of the album, and the vocal is brilliant. Probably my favourite song is Run For Your Life which gives us, through an infectious beat and bouncy chorus, a little taste of Jack's views on the more violent aspects of human nature!

All in all, this is an excellent debut, and perhaps the final key ingredient - and one that ensures success - is that it is really enjoyable to listen to. The songs can bounce along in the background or be listened to up close. They are great lound and quiet, and they inevitably bring a smile to my face.

One thing that becomes fairly clear as you listen to this is that Jack Penate has a very bright future ahead of him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2007
After the success of the previous singles and various festivals Mr Penate finally unleashes his album onto us - now I wasnt looking for Housemartins comparisons but several reviewers have made that but I can't see it myself as they were a foursome and Jack is well Jack at the end of the day - a one off like Kate Nash...Trust me buy this album as it going to be in most Top 10 end of year lists..u will not be disappointed!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is quite possibly the best album I have heard in quite a few months. Reminiscent of The Hoosiers album, Jack Penate (pronounced `Pen at ay' and not `pen eight' as some of my esteemed friends seem to think, has produced an album of informative, insightful and memorable songs.

Some of the album sounds all too familiar with influences ranging from all of the latest indie rockers (The Kooks, The Feeling, The Zutons etc.), but the song writing talent cannot be taken away from this wholly creative, inspired young man. "We Will Be Here", "Second Minute or Hour" and "Torn on the Platform" are outstanding tracks.

This is one you will play and play again and the more you do, the more you will excel yourself with words worthy of any intellectual convincing yourself how much you love it.

The rockin' beats of "Made of Codes" completes a substantive list to make this a distinctive sound, just about every track has a uniqueness (as in the haunting "My Yvonne") that's well thought out and brought together. This isn't a rushed album; it's a well planned artistic experience that any deserving indie fan should have.

I hope Jack grows and grows, as he truly deserves to. Years from now, you will still be playing Jack Penate's Matinee.
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VINE VOICEon 5 September 2009
I'd not heard of Jack Penate until I caught him on the BBC's Glastonbury coverage whilst waiting for Franz Ferdinand to come on.

What I heard caught my attention and I bought this CD as a result. It's good and I recognised some of the tracks from his live set, but the real stand outs are on his second album, which I later bought, which has an altogether more polished and assured feel.

Maybe in time, if Jack becomes a big star, people will hark back to the rawness of this album, but I feel he was finding his way a little still with this and that he really found his feet with Everything is New.

That said, if you've bought Everything is New, get this too as he's not yet produced tons of material and there are some good tracks here as well. If nothing else, the progression from Matinee to Everything is New is worth experiencing.
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on 4 November 2007
After hearing "spit at stars, "torn on the platform" and "second minute or hour" and loving them, i went and preordered the album straight away.when it finally arrived i have to say i wasnt overly impressed. the songs all seemed to be too similar and, after the 1st listen, i was left wondering why i'd bought it. but thank god for persevierence. i kept on listening to the album and found that i couldnt gt the songs out of my head. its now one of my most played album's. the only reason im giving it 4 stars is because of 2 bad songs but definately buy it if you like what yo've heard of Jack so far because this album wont dissapoint!
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on 30 December 2011
Brought this album along with the follow up from Amazon as it was so cheap I thought, Why not I've only paid a fiver for both. Well blimey O'Reilly what a little scorcher. Usually debut albums are a little all over the place with style as it's songs the Artist has been playing for a while, usually the songs are good, but the production lets them down, Radiohead's Pablo Honey and Carter USM's 101 Damnations spring to mind. But Not this album, not only is it packed full of great tunes the production is tip-top too. This is definately my find of 2011.
I advice all Indie fans to buy this Album, for less than £2 it's a steal
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is quite possibly the best album I have heard in quite a few months. Reminiscent of The Hoosiers album, Jack Penate (pronounced `Pen at ay' and not `pen eight' as some of my esteemed friends seem to think, has produced an album of informative, insightful and memorable songs.

Some of the album sounds all too familiar with influences ranging from all of the latest indie rockers (The Kooks, The Feeling, The Zutons etc.), but the song writing talent cannot be taken away from this wholly creative, inspired young man. "We Will Be Here", "Second Minute or Hour" and "Torn on the Platform" are outstanding tracks.

This is one you will play and play again and the more you do, the more you will excel yourself with words worthy of any intellectual convincing yourself how much you love it.

The rockin' beats of "Made of Codes" completes a substantive list to make this a distinctive sound, just about every track has a uniqueness (as in the haunting "My Yvonne") that's well thought out and brought together. This isn't a rushed album; it's a well planned artistic experience that any deserving indie fan should have.

I hope Jack grows and grows, as he truly deserves to. Years from now, you will still be playing Jack Penate's Matinee.
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on 12 April 2013
Described as mainly quirky and hummably poptastic skiffle-pop, this album is great and pleasant surprise for any critics who tried to pre guess or assume what this album would contain.

A personally favourite of mine is "My Yvonne" (which features a guest vocal from the fantastic Adele, who herself went on to later smash through 2008, gaining more media attention then I think she deserved, but thats a different story entirely) - anyway, beautiful vocals from both.

Amazing summer album, I have personally found it to be timeless.
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on 11 October 2007
Bought this album after seeing "Torn on The Platform" and "second, Minute or Hour" on music channels. Two great tracks. Get ready - The rest is better! Most albums have a couple of duds, but not this one. I've just deleted a paragraph mentioning the best ones, but realised i'd mentioned them all! Put in on, sit back and lose yourself.

Thought decent singer-songwriters were a thing of the past. My faith is now restored. Long live King Jack!

A must buy for anyone who, well, listens to music...
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Until a recent rediscovery, I had completely forgotten just how good Jack Peñate's 2007 debut album is, if you enjoy the sound of catchy and well-played indie rock music, as well as an engaging, distinctive voice, which his sounds unmistakably British (with a strong London Twang) you should buy yourself 'Matinée'. It was produced by Jim Abbiss, who is probably best-known for his work with the early Arctic Monkeys.

This album was a sign of good things to come, an accomplished debut with good songs, intelligent lyrics, vocals and guitar. Highlights include the happy opener 'Spit at Stars', the dancy, Housemartins-ish top ten hit 'Torn on the Platform', upbeat 'Run for Your Life', 'Learning Lines', and the seriously good love song 'We Will Be Here'. It's all so instantly loveable!

One question though, what's Jack doing with his music these days? His second album 'Everything Is New' remains his most recent, and that was released almost six years ago, I hope it wasn't his last.

Trivia: The song 'My Yvonne' features background vocals from an then unknown singer called Adele.
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