Matt Andersen Who Are You Listening To / Honest Man review Friday 7th April 2017

Matt Andersen Honest Man CD Album Review Monday 6th February 2017

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Matt Andersen Who Are You Listening To / Honest Man

“Who Are You Listening To?” with its fusion of blues and country sounds has a driving rhythm that you can just imagine driving down an open road with this playing on the car radio…perfect radio airplay.  Listen to the lyrics though, this is not a throw away song, there is a real message here about not letting the PR hype of politicians and pollsters influence what you think about things, and who you ultimately vote for...a rallying call to always question both the authenticity and sources of information that we are being fed as members of the public.


“Honest Man” the title track from the album is an audio trip back to the classic sounds of soul music, with great soul vocals from Matt, fantastic horn section, and wonderful organ sounds.  Like the first track though, this track has a political message, inspired by a US political cartoon that had Matt Andersen thinking about how his country has changed…and sadly not for the better.


Given that the US presidential elections are now over and the winner has taken his prize, perhaps “Honest Man” should have been the main track here as the message is very relevant to so many people out there.

Matt Andersen’s new single “Who Are You Listening To?” with “Honest Man” taken from his album “Honest Man” is released on April 3rd 2017.


Matt Andersen is touring the UK in 2017 (coming to Edinburgh in May).  For more details on the album and the tour visit http://www.stubbyfingers.ca

Review by Tom King

 

Matt Andersen Honest Man CD Album Review Monday 6th February 2017

 

“Honest Man” is the latest album from Canadian R&B and Blues singer songwriter Matt Andersen.  Although Matt Andersen has several major Blues Awards to his name to date, it is always to me a disservice to artists that the music industry likes to label them in such specific genres, as this album shows a far more diverse talent than these specific musical genres.


Over these 10 tracks of “Honest Man”, we explore music with Matt and a cast of players including Andy Bassford (Toots and the Maytals, Burning Spear, Natalie Merchant), Benji Bouton (Ibibio Sound Machine), Josh David Barret (The Wailers, Lauryn Hill), and Lenny Underwood (Mary J. Blige, Amy Winehouse) that is often written around something as simple as a drum beat, and that layering of vocals and music gives us an album that is both commentary and personal.


The title track “Honest Man” inspired by a U.S. political cartoon has Andersen thinking about how his country has changed, but not for the better.


Given the diverse range of talent contributing to this album (including Commissioner Gordon), it is no surprise to find some familiar elements here mixed in with the new.  This is an album of an artist clearly letting us see where he has come from musically while at the same time showing us a new and individual direction.


Matt Andersen has one of those classic soul sounding voices, and that is probably most evident on the Otis Redding sounding “Last Surrender”…classic 1960s soul  sounds made with the classic building blocks of so many Stax and Atlantic sounds of that era.  “I’m Giving In” is another example of that classic soul voice and sound.


There is far more to this album though than retro Soul, R & B and Blues sounds though.  “Honest Man” has that feel of an album that is going to be played by anyone who buys it for a long time to come.


Matt Andersen is touring the UK in 2017 (coming to Edinburgh in May).  For more details on the album and the tour visit http://www.stubbyfingers.ca/

Honest Man
Break Away
The Gift
Honest Man
I’m Giving In
Quiet Company
Let’s Get Back
All The Way
Last Surrender
Who Are You Listening To?
•One Good Song

Review by Tom King

 

 

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