Volume 96, Issue 89
Wednesday, March 19, 2003

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Avalanche takes Matt Good to new heights

Matthew Good
Avalanche
Universal



RUNDOWN: With the disintegration of his self-titled band behind him, Matthew Good sets out on his own. On Avalanche, Good parts from Dave Genn and replaces Ian Browne with drummer Patrick Steward (Odds) and takes another step towards reclaiming "Can Rock" from spoiled brats like Avril Lavigne. His trademark alienated brooding rings throughout the disc, which features 13 new tracks clocking in at over 70 minutes.

KEY TRACKS: The title track grows on you, though the first time through the distorted vocals are misleading – do not adjust your set... "21st Century Living" samples from the film There Is Only One Jimmy Grimble, and reinvents "The Future is X-Rated" for the better. The Pink Floyd love-affair Good embarked on with The Audio of Being continues, with the haunting "Near Fantastica" harnessing the Matthew Good Band's renowned intensity. Former Copyright guitarist Christian Thor Valdson chips in admirably on "Lullaby for the New World Order."

SOUNDS LIKE: Prior efforts Beautiful Midnight and Underdogs in a revolving door accident. Despite the usual discordant chords, moody string accompaniment and sarcastic social commentary, this album still feels new. Oddly, while Avalanche is arguably Good's most simplistic lyrical effort to date, it is still likely his strongest disc yet. Avalanche proves that the acoustic transition that the Loser Anthems EP hinted at in 2001 is a certain success.

–Dan Perry

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