Avalanche takes Matt
Good to new heights
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.