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Six Kinds of Passion Looking for an Exit

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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.

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"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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Empyrean Records
  • ASIN: B0007LXOUA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sheer beauty and brilliance are Matthews' trademarks, and it is not an overstatement to declare that his music is not for anybody looking for something stupid or dismissive after a couple listens. No, Eric Matthews is for people serious about their music, and for those who know the diamonds from the mud.
I was thrilled to find that he had indeed recorded again after his second album "The Lateness of the Hour". He had label troubles and for a while we had to get by with the stunning debut "It's Heavy In Here", one of the greatest pop albums ever recorded in any genre ever and the great follow-up, "The Lateness of the Hour" that was a bit more experimental and had some lighter moments than the first.
I ordinarily don't like EP's because being an older rock and roll fan (53) I was brought up to be more of a fan of albums in their entirety, and didn't usually bother with three or four song EP's. Matthews is so good though that I had to get "Six Kinds . . .", starting in chronological order after "The Lateness . . " Actually, this EP is about 32 or so minutes long, longer than some albums that passed themselves off as LP's.
What we get in this return to the music world is a bit of a mix of the first two albums, melancholy in spots, and a few jauntier spots with his fine trumpet flourishes later. But overall it's classic Matthews, and for the uninitiated, it means soft breathy vocals, brilliant lyrics and arrangements that very few songwriters can even approach. It's actually difficult to pin him down, but suffice it to say that his music is unique, and very few can be compared.
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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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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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