Monday, June 28, 2010

Music Library: Matthew Friedberger, Matthew Shipp, Matthew Sweet

Matthew Friedberger - Winter Women/Holy Ghost Language School (2006). Friedberger is the brother half of the Fiery Furnaces.  On these albums (the plural seems unnecessary because this is really one album with two parts), Friedberger makes music that is sometimes annoying and sometimes inspired and really in bad need of an editor.

Matthew Shipp - Harmony and Abyss (2004). The Allmusic review considers this to be outside of the realm of jazz.  That seems like an ok assessment on the face of it, but it also seems to be shutting a door.  Shipp is interested in electronic rhythms and sounds, but he's fundamentally a jazz artist.  And this is fundamentally a jazz album.  A pretty interesting one.

Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend (1991), Altered Beast (1993), and Son of Altered Beast (1994).  Matthew Sweet is well-named for his ability to wreak sweet pop into the heart of even his most slashing song.  All of these songs slash and burn their way through beautiful melodies and exquisite harmonies with guitars provided by Robert Quine, Richard Lloyd, and Ivan Julian.  Fan-freakin-tastic.


Steve Hicken 8:56 PM, August 13, 2010  


Do you know Sweet's 100% Fun? I think it's his best from beginning to end. That is, the high points ("Sick of Myself, "Smog Moon", "Get Older", etc.) are really good and nothing is less than good.

Hayden Childs 11:08 PM, August 13, 2010  

I've heard that album (my roommate had it back in the 90s), but I've never picked it up. With your recommendation, I think I should!

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