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Matthew Good
White Light Rock & Roll Review
Universal Music

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I've been a fan of Matt Good for years. I own every LP and EP he and his former band produced, including even some rare demo tapes and hard to find discs.

However, to my surprise, White Light Rock & Roll Review still caught me off guard. After the sweeping elegant masterpiece of Avalanche - although I didn't expect more of the same - I anticipated another helping of grandeur mixed in with some rock 'n' roll. Instead, Good has found influence in his former days as a folkie.

White Light Rock & Roll Review meanders to the fork in the road and follows the clearly marked "less is more" path. Indeed, Mr. Good takes the furthest step away from his previous recordings that he could while still using a proper studio to record. Gone are the enormous orchestras and grand studio schemes; in their place is a garage-rock vibe.

You could easily write off this change as Good's attempt to stay relevant in the post-Jet alt-rock market, but he's never been one for over saturation or caving to mainstream pressures.

He's also not one for backing down on his opinions. Although they don't overpower the record, Good's views on world issues are an ever-present undercurrent to the album. For a man who writes on injustices in his blog, and reserves a section of his website for Amnesty International, this is to be expected.

"Alert Status Red," the lead single (in Canada, the album probably won't be released in the United States), critically comments on the Bush "terror" alert color-code system: "Alert status red," Matt sings. "But the sun comes up instead."

The roots rock tinged "Empty Road" is introspective, infused with humanitarian commentary. The personal nature of his songs has typically been his strongest offering, and that statement again stands true. The narrative, "It's Been Awhile Since I Was Your Man", takes a new reminiscent turn for Good and is a treasure of this record.

Overall, White Light Rock & Roll Review slightly disappoints this long-time fan. The record is musically sound and lyrically strong, but is far from being Good's best work. It'll definitely get plenty of spins for the money, but don't expect to see me addicted to this release like I have been to Good's work in the past.

Reviewed by Natalie B. David
A fresh graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, in her spare time she can be found clumsily manipulating words and phrases for LAS and Beautiful/Decay magazine, hungering for sushi, naming inanimate objects or pondering the existence of stiletto heels. If you see her, you should buy her a cup of coffee because, chances are, she probably needs it.

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