Canada - Full Moon 143 - 05/20/08
Songs For The Wandering Spirit
Canada's Matt Stern makes relaxed music and sings in several languages on his new album. His soft tone recalls Jack Johnson or Damien Rice but his stories
are all his own.
"New Beginning" is a song about a crumbling relationship. The mood is still laidback and the tone hopeful rather than sad. "Good Boy" is reminiscent of the
aforementioned Jack Johnson with gently strummed guitar and soft vocal. Lyrically it offers advice to a depressed youth without being too judgmental. "Dis-moi
que tu m'amies" sung in French, is a sweet little love song. Sarah Cochrane lends a nice duet vocal and adds nicely to the song. "Baile de olas" sung in English
and Spanish, has an upbeat melody and Stern sounds like a young Elvis Costello. This album is nicely wrought and should make Stern some new fans.
Copyright © 2008 Anna Maria Stjärnell