Matt Corby
Into The Flame


4.0
excellent

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
December 10th, 2011 | 41 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Runner up, ends up a winner.

Matt Corby raced to fame in Australia when coming runner-up on the nation’s 2007 Idol completion. Corby, then was a 16 year old boy, still at school, with good looks and charm that melted all the teenage girl hearts. Though, instead of following the path that most Idol contestants take, Corby stayed true to himself and worked hard to be a musician that wanted to be noticed in his own outright way instead of being a part of the Idol pop circus.

After a few years of quiet activity, releasing simple folk EP’s here and there with little success, Corby travelled overseas to develop a new sound that lifted away from the cutesy folk to a more indie/rock based crunch. Lead single ‘Brother’ is the perfect example of this change in tune, which has received huge airplay on local radio stations. The song encompasses Corby’s strength which is huge vocal range, from angelic falsetto to earth shattering throaty grumbles. While only a four track EP, there is obvious variation in the musicianship and song writing giving great variation to Corby’s work. ‘Soul A’Fire’ is a lively, blues ballad that engulfs any listener, while ‘Untitled’ is filled with glorious harmonies that are laced soulfully over the gently laid guitar track. Bree Tranter (of The Middle East) gives a haunting vocal performance on closing track ‘Big Eyes’, creating a beautiful duet to close.

Lyrically, Corby shows maturity beyond his age with whimsical twists and turns in every line:
Sleep Now,
Under my skin,
Make Sure, you’ll try to conjure the wind
And ease my mind,


Into The Flame is surely the beginning of a more than likely rise for Matt Corby, showing that he is more than a cover artist and has an amazing song writing ability. Working independently up until now has shown that Corby does not need the glitz and glamour of the Idol society, much like fellow idol contestant Lisa Mitchell, proving that Idol is not just a sausage factory of talent and much variance can be found.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Douglas
December 10th 2011


9117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very short review, for a very short EP.

If anything check out Brother off this!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpFG7DdjTbo

Digging: The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes

liledman
December 10th 2011


3826 Comments


oh that guy

ugh

Douglas
December 10th 2011


9117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listen liled, I was pleasently surprised.

liledman
December 10th 2011


3826 Comments


a girl i work with who has a reasonable interest in music went to see him last week actually. she wouldnt shut up about it, but i had to stop her at 'australian idol'.

PorkchopExpress
December 10th 2011


387 Comments


Yeah, but he was only 16 when he was on it. I can forgive him that. And he has a really good voice. I like that song you linked. I'll have to check some more of his stuff out.

Douglas
December 10th 2011


9117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Give him a chance. Lisa Mitchell managed to do the same. He has matured a butt load since idol.

Activista anti-MTV
December 10th 2011


3146 Comments


Nice review. Corby, the Crocodile Hunter

Douglas
December 11th 2011


9117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, not sure about the crocodile hunter part though...

00mee
December 11th 2011


208 Comments


He's actually pretty good live. Funny guy too.

Sounds alot like Jeff Buckley now



tombits
December 11th 2011


3470 Comments


always thought he was really talented, moreso than most idol contestants (another was bobby flynn who's still doing his own thing around melbourne, check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKRGnaYoEWc). don't really like the single too much though.

Douglas
December 11th 2011


9117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh yeah forgot about that guy. How do you not like Brother?

Douglas
December 13th 2011


9117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bump because its good.

tombits
December 13th 2011


3470 Comments


he tried to be too bombastic and kinda forgot to write a good song

AtavanHalen
December 13th 2011


17927 Comments


Corbs luff

Douglas
December 13th 2011


9117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mr bombastic is super fantastic!

HBFS
December 15th 2011


1262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i hear lots of bon iver in 'brother', and a melody from towers as well

Vooligan
December 21st 2011


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

EP fucking rules.

I'm obsessed with Brother at the moment.

Douglas
December 22nd 2011


9117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sure does, Brother is getting some serious airplay on the J's atm

Douglas
January 22nd 2012


9117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nMkfb5g00A

Fuck his voice is stupendous.

AtavanHalen
January 22nd 2012


17927 Comments


He's a great performer. Winter is still my favourite song of his because of its live rendition. God-tier.



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