White Light Rock & Roll Review

Performers Matthew Good

Universal International | June 3, 2004 | Compact Disc

White Light Rock & Roll Review is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.
Continuing to mix harder radio-friendly rock with reflective melancholic and melodic ballads, Matthew Good wastes little time getting the fist-pumping polished nuggets out on "Put Out Your Lights." The tune sounds as if it's not quite finished but leads into a meaty and alluring rock-cum-political rant on "Poor Man's Grey." The tune brings to mind fellow Canadian Danko Jones in certain spots, with its simple yet infectious no-nonsense beat. Good returns to his earlier stomping ground on the lovely "We're So Heavy," with ample twists and turns from melancholia to urgency and back, recalling R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts." What is also noticeable is Good's turn toward some roots or country leanings on folksy tunes such as "Empty Road" and especially the hidden track at the album's end. The album's lead single is "Alert Status Red," which pokes at America's heightened tension surrounding terrorism. Rarely has something so lyrically deep come off so infectiously, coming complete with handclaps. "In Love With a Bad Idea" doesn't work quite as well, sounding like a quick poppy run-through. A vast improvement is the power pop meets Replacements punk of the tight "North American for Life." Here former Odds drummer Pat Steward shines. Perhaps the best one-two punch on the album begins with "Blue Skies Over Bad Lands," containing all the traits of a solid Good tune -- deliberate, slow-building musicianship leading into a grand and lengthy anthem such as his previous hit, "Apparition." What ensues is his soulful side on the tender, blues-tinged "Been a While Since I Was Your Man." Perhaps the oddest song is "Ex-Pats of the Mountain Symphony Orchestra," which contains all the earmarks of a track by the Who, especially "Won't Get Fooled Again." ~ Jason MacNeil

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 3, 2004

Genre: General

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 0

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2004

Label Name: Universal International

UPC: 602498630945

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from White Light Rock and Roll Review review Matt Good's latest effort is much different that his older material with MGB. This album is much more political and has a raw rock sound. I reccomend this album to anyone who likes rock and anyone who wants to support the Canadian music industry.
Date published: 2005-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Matt Good returns to Rock This album is excellent... not as overproduced as Avalanche, Matt Good has is raw, rock sound back along with his edgy, political lyrics. The hidden song, a pseudo-country tune called Hopeless is a little weird, but not altogether bad. I would recommend this CD to any fan of alternative music
Date published: 2004-07-14

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White Light Rock & Roll Review

Performers Matthew Good

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: June 3, 2004

Genre: General

Style: Rock & Pop

Number of Discs: 0

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Originally Released: 2004

Label Name: Universal International

UPC: 602498630945


Title Track Time
1.Put Out Your Light --
2.Poor Man's Grey --
3.We're So Heavy --
4.Empty Road --
5.Alert Status Red --
6.Little Terror --
7.In Love With A Bad Idea --
8.North American For Life --
9.Blue Skies Over Bad Lands --
10.It's Been A While Since I've Been Your Man --
11.Buffalo Seven --
12.Ex-Pats Of The Blue Mountain Symphony Orchestra --

Editorial Notes

Continuing to mix harder radio-friendly rock with reflective melancholic and melodic ballads, Matthew Good wastes little time getting the fist-pumping polished nuggets out on "Put Out Your Lights." The tune sounds as if it's not quite finished but leads into a meaty and alluring rock-cum-political rant on "Poor Man's Grey." The tune brings to mind fellow Canadian Danko Jones in certain spots, with its simple yet infectious no-nonsense beat. Good returns to his earlier stomping ground on the lovely "We're So Heavy," with ample twists and turns from melancholia to urgency and back, recalling R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts." What is also noticeable is Good's turn toward some roots or country leanings on folksy tunes such as "Empty Road" and especially the hidden track at the album's end. The album's lead single is "Alert Status Red," which pokes at America's heightened tension surrounding terrorism. Rarely has something so lyrically deep come off so infectiously, coming complete with handclaps. "In Love With a Bad Idea" doesn't work quite as well, sounding like a quick poppy run-through. A vast improvement is the power pop meets Replacements punk of the tight "North American for Life." Here former Odds drummer Pat Steward shines. Perhaps the best one-two punch on the album begins with "Blue Skies Over Bad Lands," containing all the traits of a solid Good tune -- deliberate, slow-building musicianship leading into a grand and lengthy anthem such as his previous hit, "Apparition." What ensues is his soulful side on the tender, blues-tinged "Been a While Since I Was Your Man." Perhaps the oddest song is "Ex-Pats of the Mountain Symphony Orchestra," which contains all the earmarks of a track by the Who, especially "Won't Get Fooled Again." ~ Jason MacNeil
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