Matthew Good Band
Hospital Music


5.0
classic

Review

by ironman4444 USER (7 Reviews)
January 7th, 2008 | 19 replies | 2,885 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Matthew Good spills his guts on the table and later uses them to make his guitar strings. In translation: Matthew Good makes a very intimate, personal record and pours all he has into Hospital Music.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Over the past few years Matthew Good has definitely dealt with more than his fair share of hard times. Going through a rotten divorce with his wife that started in February of 2006 and later diagnosed with bipolar disorder. For all who are unaware of the effects of bipolar disorder the basic symptoms are episodes of extreme anxiety and depression. Matthew was prescribed Ativan to treat his disorder and overdosed after a show in Kingston, Ontario. But through all the terrible experiences, Good was able to channel his emotions into something productive, beautiful and personal. That thing is Hospital Music.


The main point to Hospital Music was to cope with Good’s experiences and he displays this extremely well, especially through his lyrics. He portrays his divorce in songs like the first single Born Losers and She’s in it for the Money. Though both songs seem to have a different spin on the subject, as Born Losers is more upbeat as Good sings jokingly “There ain’t nothing to this but your daughter” while She’s in it for the Money is mostly slower including the accompaniment of stringed instruments. Good also shows his depression in abstract songs like the nine and a half minute opener Champions of Nothing, as the song slowly progresses but never comes up above the volume of a soft voice. The rest of the album deals with a number of subjects including the political track, a subject that Good is quite familiar with, Black Helicopters.


Matthew Good has been known as one of Canada’s best song writers and Hospital Music is just another one of his masterpieces that easily could be placed with his other hit albums Avalanche and Beautiful Midnight. Well what does Hospital Music use to set itself from Good’s other albums? A personal touch if you haven’t already picked up. The album has contrasts in style, genres and emotions. Champions of Nothing is an eerie, depressing acoustic rock song that has a wonderfully bluesy guitar solo smacked right in the middle of the song, while a song like Odette is a beautiful orchestral like track mostly featuring violins and Good’s calm voice. Every track seems to add something to the hollowed out atmosphere of the album, and this certain sound seems to take itself as the soul of the album. That is Good and his acoustic guitar. There’s always a laid back feeling in Hospital Music and that is through Matt’s slow moving chord progressions and the small licks that are in between. A perfect example of this is Metal Airplanes with a simple progression written over a rhythmic beat.


Hospital Music also appears to be an enjoyable listen the whole time, as each song has its moments (even the fifty-four second quicky I am Not Safer than a Bank). Though some of the musicianship is simple, the effectiveness is one of Hospital Music’s many strong suits. Even with the album playing over an hour, the album ceases to bore me. The album mixes variety with a somewhat consistent sound as fast, upbeat songs and slow moving tracks can be right next to one another on the album while still feeling like a whole. The album flows quite nicely and comes to a conclusion to all the depressing songs with a cover of Daniel Johnston’s True Love Will Find You in the End.


This album is the best of the year 2007, no doubt. It has it all stunning lyrics, well thought out song structures, effective musicianship and heart. The album is simplistic but it flows and has both variety and consistency. Good expresses himself through his lyrics, and through his guitar lines and reaches out to the audience even if you haven’t gone through the same experiences, it feels like you did. This album seemed to fly under the radar of hype surprisingly, considering it id his first LP since White Light Rock & Roll Review. Literally and figuratively the title of the record reflects a lot as literally and figuratively this is Matthew’s Hospital Music.



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TheSunSleeps348
January 7th 2008



156 Comments


Great review.

TheSunSleeps348
January 7th 2008



156 Comments


Kinda short though, but your best yet.

Congrats, its a hell of a lot better than I could do.

Aficionado
January 7th 2008



1027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review, though you didn't really add anything new to what me and Alex had to say.

stoopkid
January 7th 2008



326 Comments


I want this.

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008



2007 Comments


How have I never heard of this until through sputnik?
And has anybody else noticed that there is a mainstream for even indie music? Not any radio play or MTV references and quite possibly no rolling stone attention but the scene holds certain pieces as popular and create a newstream.

tom79
January 8th 2008



3363 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn good record.

How have I never heard of this until through sputnik?

He's really only popular in Canada I believe.


Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Two-Headed Boy
January 8th 2008



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

He's flawless live, too.

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008



2007 Comments


gotcha... thanks

ironman4444
January 8th 2008



276 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Vote plz.

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008



2007 Comments


vote for what

ironman4444
January 8th 2008



276 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Vote for weather the review was written well or not. It's at the bottom of the review.

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008



2007 Comments


ok... one moment mr demandsalot

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008



2007 Comments


It was good even though I don't necessarily agree with a lot of it. there you go.

ironman4444
January 8th 2008



276 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Lol, thanks. I just hate it when people say I've written a good review and don't vote.

brandtweathers
January 8th 2008



2007 Comments


never said either until just now. good job though. i hope you understand that more often i focus on the music than the music critic. again... good job.

Aficionado
January 9th 2008



1027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't like people who vote whore, though I've been a culprit for it. If the review is good then people will vote more often than not, let the review speak for itself.

brandtweathers
January 9th 2008



2007 Comments


Sorry, haven't been here long enough to understand. What is "vote whoring"?

joshuatree
Emeritus
January 9th 2008



3743 Comments


when people keep nagging you to vote for their review.

but you should know that since you know everythingThis Message Edited On 01.09.08

TheSunSleeps348
January 13th 2008



156 Comments


I don't think saying "vote plz" would be considered whoring. He's not nagging, he's just frustrated that people don't vote, but will comment on whether or not they enjoyed the review.

Take in to consideration the context of which the person said it.
If he said "VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE", then I can understand, but don't get mad over something so stupid.

This is talking generally, not pointing at any individuals who may have commented on this particular review. This Message Edited On 01.13.08



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