When I first heard Matt Ward, I knew that I was on to something special. Last year was the year of the Ben, this year is the year of the Matt, and this is one of them.
I went to the Melbourne launch of his album last night, and it just confirmed my dedication to this young man from Adelaide. He ups the ante at his gigs, making the songs sound more like a party than the reality of the songs that are so tender and meaningful, but either way, they are worth the ride.
Matt explained to me last night and then in the gig itself that the songs formed part of a story. It is a concept album, and it has a thread that walks the line.
With the magician, Matt Fell behind this album and the fabulous musicians and singers behind this, how can you go wrong.
I guess that Better Man, Annabelle and Now that you have my heart are my favourites, but if you follow the storyline, each song is important in the total make up of the album.
I love the liner notes and the lyrics printed in this album. That is why I still buy cds rather than just download or stream. If I am not sure what the songs mean, I can turn to these and it helps my understanding.
Matt has a wonderful heartfelt approach to his writing and his singing. When he talks to you, he means what he says and says what he means. This comes out in his songs. His puts his heart on his sleeve as he takes you through a journey with his songs, some which, in his words, are true, or they are not.
This album is like reading an autobiography, or not. I think that Matt wll be around for a long time to come. Each song touches your heart and sticks in your mind and makes you feel something special.
What more can a gal ask for?
Now that you have my heart (intro)
Washed Up (featuring Bonnie Montgomery)
What I Should Do Now
Take me home
Back to the Country
Now That You Have My Heart
Matt Ward – vocals, acoustic guitar
Matt Fell – electric bass, banjo, piano, organ
Glen Hannah – Electric and Acoustic guitar and dobro
Josh Schuberth – drums and percussion
Jy- Perry Banks – Pedal Steel
Luke Moller – Violin, Mandolin
James Church – Dobro
Bonnie Montgomery – vocals – Washed Up
Katie Brianna – = vocals
Brielle Davis – vocals
All songs written by Matt Ward
Produced by Matt Fell