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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: #499,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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