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Draw

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

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  • 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: #535,506 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Polished Debut! May 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Fans of Elliot Smith should check this c.d. out!More of that New Acoustic Movement that seems to be sweeping the music scene in the U.K. right now.Matthew Jay on this debut sounds like he's as good as anything I've heard recently of that particular genre.
The resemblance to Smith on this c.d. is almost uncanny.His vocal style is so similar that it's remarkable.The lyrics are excellent too-generally pretty mellow but they can also be very hard hitting especially in the opening song.It may have acoustic leanings but he uses a full conventional backing band on most of the tracks.He lays all the acoustic and electric guitars but there is also drums,bass,keyboards and piano to be heard.His vocals are fairly gentle but he's pretty accomplished at hitting the low notes and also comfortably reaching a nice falsetto.It's pretty much along the lines of folk/blues.Many of the songs are catchy,but there are also songs of greater depth that only reward the listener after repeated listens.The stand out tracks are song two,Let Your Shoulder Fall and the next track with it's beautiful harmonies in the chorus You're Always Going Too Soon.The 4th song has some excellent electric guitar effects combined with acoustic guitar backing.Then it reaches the more up tempo chorus which you find you wished would just last that little bit longer.Once again the harmonies are really good.The sixth song sounds really like a song The La's might have had if they were still going-again it's a top quality song.The next song is full of shimmering and haunting vocals effects that remind me a of the quieter moments off Doves last c.d.-it's a short but interesting instrumental with a guest female vocalist humming in the background.
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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
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars a good surprise.
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. Read more
Published on June 4, 2001 by John S. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the comparisons - a fresh new voice
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. Read more
Published on May 15, 2001 by Paul Rhodes
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