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Matt Stevens – Ghost

August 24, 2010 by  

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Matt Stevens – Ghost

NAME: Matt Stevens
ALBUM: Ghost
DATE: 1June2010

LABEL: KEA Records


FIVE WORD REVIEW: Aptly titled guitar wash out.

LOCATION: London, England

LINE UP: Matt Stevens (Guitar)


WHAT’S THE STORY?: Taking a decidedly different bent from legendary cartoon vigilante, El Kabong, Matt Stevens tries to show us what one man and a guitar can do that doesn’t revolve around delicious slapstick violence. Turns out this mostly involves just playing the guitar.

SOUNDS LIKE: In his second strike at proving the feasibility of his one-man-band theory Matt Stevens shows he really can wring some interesting and evocative sounds out of his guitar: case in point being ‘Big Sky’, which occasionally sounds like a conversation between clangers. So technically it’s great, but that’s the problem; most of this is curio work and there’s precious little in terms of direction or substance for non-aficionados. You sit there waiting to be taken on a journey, looking for some emotional highs, anything to catch the attention and mostly what you get is a meandering stream of plinky-plonky strings. The album only approaches a semblance of vigour and energy for the final track, which features a decidedly Spanish vibe, but it’s too little too late.

Neither offensive, or bad, simpering, or particularly boring, it effectively ends up being something of a nothing.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You enjoy pretending to be stuck in an elevator and want some appropriate theme music.


Submitted By Andrew Gregory



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