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Passing Stranger

Scott MatthewsAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B000UZ4G7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Little Man Tabla Jam Part 1
2. Dream Song
3. The Fool's Fooling Himself
4. Eyes Wider Than Before
5. Blue In the Face Again
6. Sweet Scented Figure
7. Passing Stranger
8. Prayers
9. Musical Interval
10. Still Fooling
11. City Headache
12. Nylon Instrumental
13. Elusive
14. Earth To Calm
15. White Feathered Medicine
16. Litlte Man Tabla Jam Part 2
17. Bruno Finale

Editorial Reviews


"...the most promising home-grown singer-songwriter to emerge in years; a man whose acrobatic voice marks him out as a British Jeff Buckley." -- -Q Magazine

"It's no exaggeration to say Scott Matthews is probably the most exciting face of West Midland's music since Robert Plant brought his hammer of the gods vocal style to Led Zeppelin." -- -THE SUN

"Scott plugs into the same creative socket that powered the more pastoral Led Zep work of his fellow Midlander Robert Plant. File beside Nick Drake, John Martyn, Ray Lamontagne..." -- -SUNDAY TIMES

"The ghost of Led Zep's more pastoral blues rock is revived for a new century." -- -Daily Star

There's a new album called Passing Stranger by Scott Matthews who is a genius. It's like the ghost of Jeff Buckley flying a space ship." -- Gary Lightbody - Snow Patrol

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing discovery March 11, 2008
Format:Audio CD
As someone who has collected the litany of live and unreleased Jeff Buckley recordings to satisfy my appreciation for his music and personality, I often feel a hole in that genre of music in which he dwelled. Somewhere in the cracks of blues, alternative, and gospel often with an Indian tint.

This weekend I stumbled across Scott Matthews, who is likened to JB in nearly every review. After listening to his album, 'Passing Stranger', I understand why. The vocals are nothing compared to Jeff's (slim chance of finding that), but you can tell this guy has the same influences. Whether it's hints of Robert Johnson's guitar work or the mantric tablas present on half of the tracks, this appears to be an extension of Jeff's work. I'm not that into The Zep, but even my inexperienced ear can discern their taste in these songs. He's even opening for Robert Plant right now.

Admittedly, it's not a perfect album. Some songs reek of your local adult alternative radio station, and he seems to lack Buckley's edge. But I still found this album refreshing. Every few songs are spaced by a brief instrumental interlude, which doesn't break down the flow of the album at all, but rather acts to transition between the end of one idea and the beginning of another.

Just try listening to the main riff in 'City Headache' without your mind beginning to play 'So Real'.

Also, the album is streaming in its entirety at several websites for free (at the time of posting), so you should be able to get a good sample.

RIYL: Grace, Till the Sun Turns Black, Fight for Your Mind
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a nice debut! November 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
And, what a great CD from a new singer/songwriter!

My local "Triple AAA" public radio station has been playing "The Fool's Still Fooling Himself" for quite awhile, and Scott's voice just hooked me from the first time I heard it.

I also hear a lot of Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake going on here, but I'm also catching a lot of songwriting influences from early Richard Thompson and Mark Knopfler.

"Passing Stranger" has a very autumnal "grown-up" feel to it, which I think makes it a perfect companion to the recent releases by Mark Knopfler and Joni Mitchell.

It's an absolute pleasure to hear this level of songwriting and musicianship from someone so young.

As Mark would say, "Oh, yeah, the boy can play!"

Indeed, he can. He writes some damn good songs, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta have it January 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Surprised this hasn't caught on in the States yet. A great talent and excellent album. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible singer/songwriter!!! January 7, 2014
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Recently discovered Scott Matthews music and am amazed I had never heard of him before. His songs, phrasing, musicianship are pure genius! Takes you to very deep and hauntingly beautiful places. Explore him and you won't be disappointed.
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