Matthew Good
Hospital Music


4.5
superb

Review

by Old Uncle Al USER (86 Reviews)
July 31st, 2007 | 31 replies | 10,170 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Am I a slobbering fanboy? Maybe. Is Hospital Music one of the year's best releases? Yes.

8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Hospital Music is Matthew Good’s seventh album, and at this point we ought to cut the man some slack. Seven albums? Frankly, that’s plenty of time to have your creative fuel run out and become an oblivious clone of your former creative self, hopelessly rehashing rhythms, guitar riffs, and vocal hooks. But Matthew Good has not only kept his creative fuel fresh every single album (though it almost went dry on White Light Rock and Roll Review), he has constantly expanded on ideas that were only touched upon on occasions; Beautiful Midnight was a rock album filled with arena-rockers, The Audio of Being was a gloomy, schizophrenic alternative rock album with plenty of brooding subtleties, Avalanche was a gloriously beautiful orchestral study, and White Light Rock and Roll returned to rock ‘n’ roll roots, with sharp power chord guitars and plenty of attitude.

But Matthew Good’s latest album, Hospital Music, is perhaps where Good shines best. Whereas Good should be gradually moving toward a career summation rather than an album, or individual entity sound wise, Matthew has settled on a sound here that is achingly beautiful, slow, melodic and very stripped down. Songs are built off a simple strumming of an acoustic guitar, adding layer upon layer of assisting instruments such as keyboard, lead guitars, and Good’s warbly and evocative vocals. The eight and a half minute opener, “Champions of Nothing”, is perhaps the most slow-building song on the album, developing gradually, almost painfully slow, not exactly ending in an explosion of noise but rather continues adding layers of guitar solos and drums until it implodes and sinks back down to a simple acoustic guitar, creepy samples, and Matt’s crooning vocals. The single “Born Losers”, the bare and downbeat “Metal Airplanes” and “The Devil’s In your Details” are all exemplary rock songs that follow an incredibly simple yet effective formula; they’re just wonderfully written songs that are nice to listen to.

Hospital Music is Good’s most thoroughly solid album in a long time. There are no bad songs by any means, and even though there are a couple songs that aren’t all that important (the one minute song “I Am Not Safer Than A Bank and the minute and a half quickie rocker “Girl Wedged Under the Front of a Firebird”), Matt shows that his songwriting edge has not dulled in the least. Though the songs are a little more on the simple side, they’re still remarkably enjoyable, well written, and performed with great passion, which result in a very human and comfortable listen. The passion is as clear as it ever was in Good’s voice, which, though an acquired taste, can go from a whisper to a sudden yelp of emotion that almost echoes through the music. And even though there are fifteen songs on the album, listening to the album is a breeze, though it stretches for over an hour. With songs like the simply gorgeous “Odette”, the slack with melancholy quiver of “99% of Us is Failure”, and the lovely mood-rock of “She’s in It for the Money”, Hospital Music present itself well right off the bat and equally throughout the music is as impressive. An incredibly solid release.

Matthew Good is an artist that I have enourmous respect for, and his latest release is just another reason as to why. Incredibly catchy, yet never irritating, Hospital Music is a slow and thoughtful process and display of simply strummed acoustic guitars, twangy leads, intriguing lyrics, passionate vocals, and, most importantly, good song writing. And even though I’m a slobbering fanboy, I highly recommend this album to just about any appreciator of rock music. It’s stripped down and bare, yet sounds as full as Matthew Good’s band days creating huge rock songs. Easily one of the best albums of the year.

Hugs,
AV8RS



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Two-Headed Boy
July 31st 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really like Matthew Good, and I'm gonna assume that I'm almost alone in that statement, so I'm expecting a bunch of "Matthew Good Sucks" comments.This Message Edited On 07.31.07

Infrared91
July 31st 2007



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good guy.This Message Edited On 07.31.07

metallicaman8
July 31st 2007



4677 Comments


Excellent review. This review has added zest to my day much in the way croutons do to a salad.

DFelon204409
Emeritus
July 31st 2007



3995 Comments


There is already a Hospital Music that is much better than what you've described this as.

Tyler
Emeritus
July 31st 2007



7928 Comments


Shouldn't this be under "Matthew Good" and not "Matthew Good Band"? They're separate.

HotSalvation
August 1st 2007



258 Comments


sounds pretty good...any similar bands?

tom79
August 1st 2007



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Niiice, I really need to get this soon. Glad to hear its good.

And yeah Cocaine, it should be under just Matthew Good but his 3 solo albums are just grouped here for easier searching I guess.This Message Edited On 08.01.07

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Aficionado
August 1st 2007



1027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Almost alone....great review, really short aswell.

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 1st 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. Might check this out eventually.

weapon
August 1st 2007



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is awesome. I've been listening to it almost non-stop since I got it and it just keeps getting better. Definitely check out the opening track "Champions of Nothing". It will floor you.

Two-Headed Boy
August 1st 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah it gets better with repeated listens. Even though after two I was ready with a 4.5.

angelfyre
August 3rd 2007



24 Comments


Just wanted to say about your comment on my Institute review...

"Wow this review really floated by.



Good work. You're getting better with every review.



As for Institute, and Bush for that matter, I could care less about them."



Thanks so much! Made my day.


QuietProtest
August 3rd 2007



2 Comments


I own every single Album Matt has ever made, with the exception being Lo-fi-bi sides which I am convinced I will never ever find, although I will never stop looking. This album is amazing. The passion, the intimacy the truthfulness of it is stunning. Songs like "She's in it for the money" and "Metal Airplanes" make you have so much more respect for an artist that has been through the hell he has. Even though the album is more intimate and about his life than his others I like the fact that he still kept to his political songwriting with "Black Helicopter", specifically the line "Hey Sammy ain't you heard / Only Killers call killing progress." This album ranks next to only Beautiful Midnight in my ranking of his albums. Even then I don't know if I could choose between them. This Message Edited On 08.03.07This Message Edited On 08.03.07

Two-Headed Boy
August 4th 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lo-fi-bi sides

You could get that in the deluxe edition of In A Coma. It also has Rooms on it so it's well worth it.
Thanks so much! Made my day.

haha thanks. This Message Edited On 08.05.07

QuietProtest
August 6th 2007



2 Comments


I have the deluxe edition of In a Coma, I want the actual disk lo-fi-bi sides though. I'm a huge fan so that would be awesome for me, I have Loser Anthems too but that one is not nearly as rare.

kyleisgreat
August 6th 2007



79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Champions of Nothing is the best song I've heard this year.

Two-Headed Boy
August 7th 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's also potentially my new band name :thumb:

tom79
August 19th 2007



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Finally heard this. Easily some of Good's best work, especially on the lyrics. So many highlights. I dug the Dead Kennedys cover too, a very original spin on it. Definetly one of the best albums I've heard this year.

jc12
November 23rd 2007



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

After all that Matt has been through, this really shows his musicianship and the comeback he is about to make. Job well done.

getonup
January 8th 2008



4 Comments


decent guy and good musician but needs better guitar player

he should hire a nasty musician like Robert Flato

http://www.woozyfly.com/?c=1432



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