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Rock music, freshly served with an 80th touch. Topped off with an unbelievably incredible voice.
on 30 October 2012
When Matt announced his new album to be more upbeat and rocky than his last I was kinda torn and didn't quite know what to make of it or what to hope for.
On one hand I knew about his past with Seven Summers and newer tracks like "Chemical" which almost got a real hard rock edge to them. On the other hand there were all the songs from Letters he rearranged for being performed live on his tour, most famously "Beat of a breaking heart". If you watched him live or on YouTube you will know what I mean.
A first taste of what he'd been up to came a few weeks later with the radio release of "It's only love". The explosive opening line "It's a kick in the head" nicely sums up the reaction I had to it on the first listen ... and all subsequent ones, of which there are many *g*
And it doesn't stop there. When the album preview became available a few short days later I found myself completely blown away.
I never expected it to be like this ... to like it that much.
No other album or artist in the last 20-odd years has ever done this to me - well, apart from Letters that is. And now Matt Cardle did it again, hands down!
Just as with Letters none of these new tracks feel like they are becoming boring or even obtrusive, not even after a few good listens. Instead they dragged me in, became more fascinating, hypnotizing even.
Each track of "The Fire" has its own character and style.
The lyrics positively seem to fuse with the music without being either repetitive or drifting off into an unoriginal drone.
"It's only love" is a ludicrous (to be taken in the most positive sense) 80th power ballad with an unmistakable und highly memorable onset and a few bars of country in between.
Both "The Fire" and "Anywhere" are outstanding tracks that show with which ease Matt's voice skips in and out of his marvelous falsetto. A head bopping rollercoaster ride right across his full vocal range.
"For every heartbreak" and "Your somebody" (for the time being only available via iTunes) very much sound like old (well, not at all that old) times with Seven Summers.
"Water" ... O.M.F.G!!! I have no words!! On the first play of the preview I almost spurted mineral water out my nose all over the keyboard (note to self: no more eating or drinking while listening to new tracks). Eat your heart out, Kate Bush! And then there are the lyrics ... lyrics that will turn you into a blubbering mess for sure if you can relate to them just in the slightest. Beware.
"Anyone else" captures the essence of the most defining "Jacksons"-tracks ... and then some. It took me a few listens and, finally, a little peek into the booklet to realize what Matt was actually singing. I never thought I'd be treated to an infamous (yet skillfully implied) 4-letter word in one of his songs. Naughty naughty, Mr. Cardle!
But do I like it? You bet I do!
"Empire" and "Lately" at the same time are contemplative and yet optimistic pieces. "Empire" leaves you singing along with its catchy chorus while "Lately" is a rather brilliant mix of gospel und rock.
"All that matters" is another one of the 3 slow tracks on this album. It comes fairly close to what you might be used to from Letters, yet more poignant.
No need to delve deeper into "The first time" unless you have been living in a hole for the last 2 years straight or are unable to type "Matt Cardle" into YouTube's search bar. I hope you're not ;-)
There is not one bad track for me and I could listen to any of them on infinite repeat.
The only reason this doesn't work is because I start missing all the other songs so badly I have to put them back on my playlist. Oh well, I had worse problems. LOL :-)
Each and every track on this album is worthy to become a single.
If the likes of Freddy Mercury, Michael Jackson, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, BonJovi a.o. go a long way with you this album surely will not disappoint.