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The Matthew Show

"Texas" CD

Naive Music

Genres: singer / songwriter, indie pop, folk rock

The Matthew Show
PO Box 2611
New York NY

May 24 - 30 2004

The Matthew Show is not a bad songwriter, but the compositions on Texas frequently drag on longer than they should. Every song on this disc is brimming in strong melody, tight instrumentation, and high quality singing, but they don't end properly - instead they just go on, gradually coming to a close after minutes of useless, repetitive blandness. "Bring Me Safely Down," for example, wastes a remarkably long time with a repeated chorus before finally being put out of its misery. If it weren't for its needlessly tiresome chorus, it would actually be a very strong song.

Other tunes also show major promise, but suffer a similar fate. "Old Enough" is a quality slice of folk-rock, but its ending is just a bland, repetitive instrumental conclusion; "The Loneliest Boy In Toyland," meanwhile, simply becomes uninteresting by its finish. Even the acoustic cover of Phil Collins' "The Roof Is Leaking" seems a bit longer than it needs to be.

Texas is a very promising and enjoyable record, though it could be improved if two minutes were cut off of each song. A warning to The Matthew Show for the next album - don't try to make everything into an epic; it isn't worth the trouble.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2003]