The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Band of Skulls
Matt Hires debut solo album is a lot of what you would expect from a café (whatever) type artist… emotion, passion in a falsetto and some good music… and some good bad music too… but with Matt Hires you’re getting a more tolerable version of Jason Reeves with a slightly more polished sound. Hires voice is his strength. It’s different from track to track and he bends it and shapes it to what the song calls for. On “Take Us to the Start”, Hires shows off his voice and his tactical song-writing skills on this set with the high-points being “State Lines”, “You In the End”, and “O Sunrise.” Those three tracks are fantastic. The rest of this album isn’t anything that exciting but it’s a good, mellow listen; kind of like half of Duncan Sheik’s work. Hires debut is a success, it’s got plenty of potential for pop radio and circles outside of that. It’s got a lot of potential.