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Matthew "not so" Good @ Club Soda - May 30th

Posted by Sarah / May 31, 2008

Matthew GoodI’m not sure what went through my mind when I signed up to review Matthew Good at Club Soda on May 30th. Maybe it’s because somewhere in my mind still lives a naive 12 year old girl who didn’t see all her favorite stars. Matthew Good band was one of the biggest bands of the 90s, but hasn’t really found a way to renew itself into a great solo act.

Before heading down to the show, I refreshed my memory and reminded myself of what made me like this band back in the day. I thought he had a good voice, but live, it becomes insistent, irritating and obnoxious. I thought his songs were catchy but he just sounds like any contemporary rock band that plays on those loud radio stations for 30-40 year olds people who like Nickleback and such. I also thought he was hot, but then h shows up wearing a loose fitting grey Habs t-shirt. Nice gesture, but not so sexy.

He played songs off his new album, Hospital Music as well as some old hits like Hello Time Bomb. The old songs didn’t sound any better, nor did they sound as good as they did back in the day. It’s not that he’s a bad musician, I just really didn’t like it: the music sounded tired and middle-aged, even though Mr. Good isn’t quite there yet.

I’ll give that to him though: the crowd was extremely enthusiastic and the club was completely full. Even though he didn’t live up to my expectations, he certainly did to theirs.

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J / June 1, 2008 at 11:31 am
worst, review, ever.

this wasnt a concert review, its a "wah wah, i didnt like it" piece.
g / June 1, 2008 at 03:30 pm
Great title!

Might I add that this dude has singlehandedly and directly ripped of more Radiohead songs than coldplay and muse put together.
Sarah / June 1, 2008 at 03:55 pm
Thanks for the comments folks!

Perhaps I wasn't objective enough or didn't talk about the music for you J. I'm sorry that you feel that way. So maybe it's a review that reflects my own feelings about this guy too much and it didn't talk about the music enough for you. Truth is, there isn't really much to say about his music.
So let me add this: When I say that he hasn't found a way to renew his music into something great, I mean that there's nothing interesting about the music itself. In my opinion, it's common and boring. It brings nothing new or exciting to the world of contemporary rock music. Some acts from the 90s are still producing music today and still sound interesting even though the music isn't quite my style anymore (example: Nada Surf). But Matt Good seems to have given all that he had to give in the big hits and now his great creative push is more like a little drift of music that fails to spike my interest in any way.

The production of the show was pretty good: lights, sound, etc.

My point is, he's not a bad musician, so I can't really criticize him for that. Furthermore, even though this isn't my style, I can overcome such differences when something interesting comes around. But this wasn't interesting. So maybe I didn't talk too much about his music because there really isn't much to say about it. It's pedestrian and common.

I hope that you'll keep reading and commenting. I'll work on giving you more pertinent and objective reviews in the future.

Criticism is good... it helps us grow.
f. panic / June 2, 2008 at 11:29 pm
Is there a big radio switchover once you hit your 30th birthday? I passed 30 a little while ago and I'm not sure if I'm listening to the correct loud radio station for my age group.

Loud IS important; kids these days are listening to such quiet music and my old lady ears can't quite hear what the childrens is sayin...
Sarah / June 3, 2008 at 08:26 am
Oh foot in the mouth...
Come to think of it, I think I've been listening to the wrong stations for my age bracket as well. I don't know many 24 year olds who listen to over 80 hours/week of the CBC...
I love loud stuff too, but it has to be purposefully loud. I meant more loud in a "lots of loud obnoxious commercials and even louder hosts" type way.
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