Parade of Lights
The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Mat Kearney shifts gears with his sophomore album “City of Black & White”. A lot of the songwriting traits are still there but he's eliminated the rapping aspect of his music and polished his song writing to new levels. On "Nothing Left to Lose", Kearney's first album, there were two types of songs. There were the songs that were really original with the hip-hop elements to them; like "Wait", "Girl America", and "Undeniable." And then there were the songs that were made for AAA Radio, like the title track of the album. "City of Black and White" is basically an album with 12 songs similar to "Nothing Left to Lose." They don't all sound like that song, but the straight-forward approach to moody and subtle pop music is the main character to everything here. While that's probably not desired for about half of his fan base, it works for the other half and will gain him some new ones. More than that, there are some gems towards the end of the album; easily the best tracks here are "Annie" and "Straight Away." “City of Black & White” isn’t going to blow anyone away but it’s definitely something I’d suggest checking out. You might like it more than you think you would.