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The multitude of acclaim received for "Elusive" should by no means distract from the fact that in Passing Stranger Scott has crafted a beautiful, evoking and full album. Much of what makes Passing Stranger such a stunning debut is its variety. From the driving blues groove of 'Sweet Scented Figure,' to the somber yet gorgeous weaving of hushed vocals and soft guitar notes on "Earth to Calm," Passing Stranger contains diversity and great imagination.
"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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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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Recently discovered Scott Matthews music and am amazed I had never heard of him before. His songs, phrasing, musicianship are pure genius! Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by J. Godfrey-lane
These guys opened for Plant/Krauss in Amsterdam last night.About 25 minutes with Matthews ,a drummer, and Cello player. Read morePublished on May 15, 2008 by D. russell
This year has sent me off exploring 90's Electronica , Autechre through to The Orb. As nothimg had really caught my interest this year until I heard Scott Matthews "Elusive ",... Read morePublished on September 22, 2007 by Robert J. Bloem