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Six Kinds of Passion Looking for an Exit

Eric MatthewsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Empyrean Records
  • ASIN: B0007LXOUA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,909 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What can be said about Eric Matthews that hasn’t already been said? His genius has been praised by Rolling Stone, Details, Elle, Spin, Billboard, Magnet, Entertainment Weekly, Musician, New York Times, Interview, NME, Mojo, AP, Guitar Player, Pitchfork, and many more…

Matthews made his recording debut in 1994 as one half of the legendary duo Cardinal, with Australian-born singer/songwriter Richard Davies (best known for fronting cult band The Moles). Although internal conflicts forced a split (much to the dismay of their loyal fans), both Davies and Matthews went on to find success in solo careers. Matthews joined with Sub Pop to release two critically acclaimed albums: 'It’s Heavy in Here' (1995) and 'Lateness of the Hour' (1997). He has sold thousands of records worldwide, and now, after six long years, Eric Matthews is back with the soon-to-be classic, 'Six Kinds of Passion Looking for an Exit.' "Six" is the number of years that Matthews was left without a record deal or any way to communicate just what was brewing in his head. Music is his medium and without a crowd of anonymous listeners, he was overcome by a kind of isolation that only the great painters and poets of 19th century France could understand. 'Passions Looking for an Exit' has to do with the inner parts of him that needed a way out but had no vehicle. Being history buff, Matthews tried the application of leeches and the drilling of small holes into his skull, but nothing worked. The passions remained encased...until now.


"Eric Matthews' voice, glory be, is the spiritual spawn of Nick Drake and Lou Barlow..." -- NME

"It is not classic or alternative rock, but classical rock...Eric Matthews is a pop rarity, and he knows it." -- New York Times

"Matthews spares no effort in orchestrating his beautiful constructions, augmenting them with strings, organs, and other 'real' instruments..." -- Entertainment Weekly

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The wait is over! March 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It's been eight years since the last album... There's finally a new CD of brilliant new songs... It's Eric Matthews again... at last! So what are you waiting for?! Get the new album it's worth every penny and then some.
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*Actually, 4.5 stars.*

Initially, I wasn't engaged by this disc, but repeated listenings reveal a thoughtfully constructed, varied song set displaying a wide range of emotions.

Two of the songs border on the downright giddy; it's great to see Eric exploring humor, however obscure. One of the songs, "Cardinal is More," refers to the name of the band he formed with Australian Richard Davies and the songs they made together. At one point in this song, Matthews sings the titles of songs they recorded as Cardinal. If you know the names of the songs, the references are kind of funny: "Christmas trees, and the silver machines...We'll sing to the sunshine, tough guy..." "Do You Really Want It?" is fun, too...similar in theme to Duncan Sheik's "On a High"; i.e., bound and determined to be happy no matter what.

For a long time, too, I was intrigued by a passage in "Underground Song," where he sings, "Why can't I be true? Why must I be constantly failing?" These lines reminded me of a phrase in another song. Finally, I (think) I got it... The Rascals' "How Can I Be Sure", where they sing, "How can I be sure? In a world that's constantly changing?"

There's a complexity and accessiblity in this disc that make it well worth checking out. I hope you like it as much as I do.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Eric needs more!! May 19, 2006
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First of all, I am huge Eric Matthews fan, but there only two good songs on this ep- it's not really an full album. I think his first album was ground breaking, not to mention, consistent. On this ep, most of the songs song like outtakes and secondary compositions compared to his earlier work. Eric's voice has too many effects on it and the guitar solos date the songs a bit. Having said that- Cardinal was phenomenal! It seems, both, Richard and Eric have struggled to capture the magic of that album. These guys, together, was a Godsend! The complimented each other so well. Crap, I'm going to call Bob Fay, Doyle, get some beer and see if we can get the band together!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! April 3, 2006
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Some of these songs may take time to grow on you, but these are by far some of the best songs released by Mr Matthews to date. MOJO magazine said it best -- "For the past decade or so, it's been hip to use terms like orchestral pop, and drop 'auteur' names like Brian Wilson or Jimmy Webb. Eric Matthews was there first, and does it best...." This is a haunting and beautiful recording from one of the most criminally overlooked songwriters of our time. RIYL: Josh Rouse, Belle & Sebastian, Brian Wilson, Sufjan Stevens. Highly recommended!
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