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Matthew JayAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 28, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005NNF3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,972 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Four Minute Rebellion
2. Let Your Shoulder Fall
3. You're Always Going Too Soon
4. Only Meant To Say
5. Meterology
6. Call My Name Out
7. Molasses
8. Please Don't Send Me Away
9. Remember This Feeling
10. Become Yourself
11. The Clearing
12. A World Away

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jay Wandering November 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's not so unlikely, is it? A talented kid from South Wales shifts from smashing heads on the football field to writing sensitive songs about life, death, loss and love. Such is the story of Matthew Jay, whose debut album, "Draw," could mellow out any linebacker out there.
Jay's acoustic thumbing and electric ripples create a sound that hovers between the likes of Nick Drake and Coldplay. Weighty words surf on his swift, streamlined beats and wispy melodies. Jay's voice is shy and soft-spoken, hitting each note with robotic precision- almost unfit for the passionate themes of his songs.
But perhaps this wallflower subtlety is what makes the rest of "Draw" so intriguing. Despite his distant whisper, Jay's words are remarkably startling and clever. "You licked the tears right off my face," he chants in the kickoff song, "Let Your Shoulder Fall," while spewing sunshine harmonies and a swiveling beat. Jay's melodic groove continues in the steady "Meteorology," and "You're Always Going Too Soon," a dazed, jittery verse that sounds as lonely as its title.
Throughout "Draw's" cloudy overtones, Jay maintains a paper-cut edge that's lyrically bittersweet. His best work comes from the more experimental tracks: the instrumental "Molasses" is eerie and pushy, "The Clearing" is refreshingly jumpy, and "Please Don't Send Me Away," tackles the theme of "a bloke trying to get into heaven." These would make great blueprints for Jay's future endeavors.
At first listen, "Draw" may seem a bit backgroundish and lost in space. Jay's fading voice often drifts so much that one may wonder if he's left the studio, maybe to take a bath in his own introspectiveness. But whenever the listener hears Jay wander off, he ought to move quickly to catch up. After a few spins, "Draw" becomes wistful, fluid, and surprisingly addictive.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jay Wandering September 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It's not so unlikely, is it? A talented kid from South Wales shifts from smashing heads on the football field to writing sensitive songs about life, death, loss and love. Such is the story of Matthew Jay, whose debut album, "Draw," could mellow out any linebacker out there.
Jay's acoustic thumbing and electric ripples create a sound that hovers between the likes of Nick Drake and Coldplay. Weighty words surf on his swift, streamlined beats and wispy melodies. Jay's voice is shy and soft-spoken, hitting each note with robotic precision- almost unfit for the passionate themes of his songs.
But perhaps this wallflower subtlety is what makes the rest of "Draw" so intriguing. Despite his distant whisper, Jay's words are remarkably startling and clever. "You licked the tears right off my face," he chants in the kickoff song, "Let Your Shoulder Fall," while spewing sunshine harmonies and a swiveling beat. Jay's melodic groove continues in the steady "Meteorology," and "You're Always Going Too Soon," a dazed, jittery verse that sounds as lonely as its title.
Throughout "Draw's" cloudy overtones, Jay maintains a paper-cut edge that's lyrically bittersweet. His best work comes from the more experimental tracks: the instrumental "Molasses" is eerie and pushy, "The Clearing" is refreshingly jumpy, and "Please Don't Send Me Away," tackles the theme of "a bloke trying to get into heaven." These would make great blueprints for Jay's future endeavors.
At first listen, "Draw" may seem a bit backgroundish and lost in space. Jay's fading voice often drifts so much that one may wonder if he's left the studio, maybe to take a bath in his own introspectiveness. But whenever the listener hears Jay wander off, he ought to move quickly to catch up. After a few spins, "Draw" becomes wistful, fluid, and surprisingly addictive.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your starter for... August 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It's easy to draw comparisons here...but let's just leave that alone. This Debut is a truly great start, and i always hate to predict but i think Matt's here to stay. Well crafted, simple and melodic songs! Thank goodness we're finally ridding ourselves of Nirvana-esque, over-rated, record company produced bands!!!! I honestly was ready to jump off a cliff with that music that has haunted us for too many years... truthfully I'd rather be haunted by talent such as this! Finally, decent songwriting is once again showing its face...and wait a min'...he can sing too! The cover shot reminds me of a young Georgie Harrison!!(Mmmmm!)
BUY IT!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good surprise. June 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
i took a flier on this cd based on an awfully positive review that i'd read about in the london observer - it seemed like a 'can't miss'.
and it was.
smart, melodic, irresistable songwriting - tunes that i'd find myself thinking about well after a listening. and music that's just as fresh after many, many repeated listenings.
groundbreaking? nope. radical and edgy? no, again. but fresh nonetheless.
further proof that sometimes the best suprises aren't prefabricated pseudo-revolutionary music, nor that 'cereal disguised as music' that we're inundated with these days.
try matthew jay - you'll like him. a lot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the comparisons - a fresh new voice May 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
THE opening five songs are just tremendous. Matthew Jay, a bright young thing from South Wales is quite an exceptional find. His clever material stands out immediately. Like his contemporaries Ben Christophers (only less glacial) and Elliott Smith (albeit simpler, more varied and tuneful), Jay is a thoroughly modern, traditional songwriter.
Jay's clear, high voice (rather reminiscent to A-ha's Morten Harket) and appealing choruses serve notice of someone who could potentially make it big. Thanks in part to the excellent production, he strikes just the right balance between thoughtfulness and rowdiness to make Draw acceptable at any time of day. For example, You're Always Going Too Soon and Only Meant To Say are as good as anything you'll hear this year.
Admittedly, he isn't doing anything startlingly new and the standard dips in the middle, but overall this is an upbeat, fully realised affair that will take some beating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Jay, R.I.P.
Matthew Jay's recent death at age 24 may finally give his debut (and only) album the attention it deserved at the time of its original release. Read more
Published on November 10, 2009 by Joseph M. Perorazio
5.0 out of 5 stars matthew jay - too soon
I cannot find a link on Amazon to the new album of Matthew Jay's earlier cuts and recordings, Too Soon. But worth checking out I'm sure. Read more
Published on April 10, 2006 by N. Tudur
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album......
Awesome listing, very sad to loose such a wonderful artist at such a young age.
Published on October 6, 2004 by Richele Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Pop Jangles Joyfully
Matthew Jay wrote most of these songs in his bedroom. Success from David Gray's "White Ladder" helped Jay receive a recording contract before he'd even appeared live. Read more
Published on September 16, 2003 by Lee Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars a pleasant suprise! Truly fantastic
I thought "Draw" is going to be an entirely soft-selling stuff (just because of "Please Don't Send Me Away", which I've heard before buying this album--I like that song very much,... Read more
Published on July 24, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album...
I love this album! I bought it on a few recommendations, and it has become one of my favorites. Matthew Jay is a very talented singer/songwriter, and the production of the album is... Read more
Published on December 6, 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars not anything too exciting
This is not a bad album, however I just don't think it's that good either. Is it better than most mainstream pop you hear on the radio? Of course. Would I recommend it? Read more
Published on May 28, 2002 by JohnnyV
2.0 out of 5 stars delicate man
BEFORE the Brit music public shifted its emphasis to unassuming, rainy-day-type artistes like Travis and Coldplay, there was hardly a chance for a curious crowd of obscure... Read more
Published on August 28, 2001 by Sharkdagger
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