Matthew Good Band
In A Coma: 1995-2005


4.0
excellent

Review

by tom79 USER (76 Reviews)
February 27th, 2006 | 12 replies | 4,973 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Background Information: Matthew Good is a Canadian singer/songwriter and guitarist. He formed his band in the mid nineties in British Columbia. He and his band have been very successful in terms of Canadian music charts, radio air play and awards. He recorded albums with the Matthew Good Band name up until 2003 where the band then dissolved and then Matt Good went on to record two more albums just his own name. He has released six full length albums in total (either with his band or solo): Last of the Ghetto Astronauts, Underdogs,Beautiful Midnight, The Audio of Being, Avalanche and White Light Rock & Roll Review, and has also put out a few EPs including Raygun released in 1997 and Loser Anthems in 2001. His music consists mostly of rock/alt rock and acoustic songs with some pop and folk elements to certain songs.

This Greatest Hits/Best of collection, In A Coma: 1995-2005, released on September 20th 2005, is a seventeen track album that spans over Matthew Good's music within the last ten years. In my opinion I think the majority of the chosen songs put on here were appropriate, as it includes his most popular songs such as Hello Time Bomb, Load Me Up, Everything Is Automatic and Apparitions. In a Coma also contains two new tracks,which many greatest hits albums often do. The two new ones are Oh Be Joyful, and Pony Boy. Both are good songs with my favorite of the two being Oh Be Joyful, which is also the single released out of the two. The factor that brings this compilation down the most is that there are no songs from Matthew Good Band's 2003 album, The Audio of Being. Songs that should have been included from that album were the singles Anti-Pop and Carmelina, both songs that are well deserving to go on this and are better than some songs on this album. The best part of the album in my opinion is the Beautiful Midnight section, with those tracks being from number six to nine. Beautiful Midnight (released in 1999) was the Matthew Good Band?s most commercially successful record and rightfully so. The four great tracks taken from there are the rocking Hello Time Bomb, Load Me Up, and The Future Is X-Rated, as well as the emotional acoustic ballad Strange Days, all hits for the band.

The songs taken from the band's debut album, Last of the Ghetto Astronauts (released in 1995) are Alabama Motel Room, Sybolistic White Walls and Haven't Slept In Years. All three are well done and are an overall great representation of MGB's early work, mixing hard rock and soft acoustic work as well. Another great section of this compilation is the Underdogs portion, my second favorite MGB record next to Beautiful Midnight. Like Beautiful Midnight, four tracks were put on this and those four being the heavy Everything Is Automatic, the slow and emotional Apparitions, Rico, with an great chorus and exeptional drumming, and lastly the catchy rock song with a great bassline Indestructible. From the two Matthew Good solo records we have three songs, which I feel is not enough as both were solid albums. From Avalanche (released in 2003) we have two songs, the dark Weapon and In a World Called Catastrophe with Weapon being the better of the two. Although In a World Called Catastrophe was a huge hit for Matt Good, I am not a big fan of this song as it is overly poppy and can get a tad annoying at times, just my opinion though. And from 2004's White Light Rock & Roll Review we have Alert Status Red, the biggest hit from that album and an overall solid and catchy rock song.

Matthew Good's In a Coma: 1995-2005 is a very well put together compilation that shows the band to their full potential, for the most part. Yes, there are some flaws and many people will say what songs should have been included and what songs shouldn't have been, but you could say that about any greatest hit or best of compilations. In a Comacombines Many of MGB's rock tracks (Load Me Up, Everything Is Automatic, The Future Is X-Rated) and some of MGB's best acoustic tracks (Strange Days, Weapon (not entirely acoustic), Apparitions). This album is great if you are a general fan of Matt Good and just want some of his best work and well known songs all in one purchase. On the other hand, it is good for a big fan of Matthew Good who wants an overall great album. And lastly, if you are a new fan, this would be a smart purchase to get a feel of hus music, and than gradually work your way to the albums.

4/5

Recommended Tracks:
Hello Time Bomb
Everything Is Automatic
Apparitions
Load Me Up
Strange Days
Symbolistic White Walls
Oh Be Joyful



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Two-Headed Boy
February 27th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Excellent review, but as for the album, Matthew Good's best were either on Avalanche or the Audio of Being, and there are only two songs from Avalanche and none from the Audio of Being. At least they have Apparitions...

tom79
February 27th 2006



3346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks
yeah i was also dissapointed their was no songs from The Audio of Being because it was a really good album

Digging: Bent Outta Shape - Stray Dog Town

Zebra
Moderator
February 27th 2006



2647 Comments


Good, detailed review.
I've heard a few tracks from him, and they are ok. I found them sort of boring but that's probably because I only listened to them once a while ago.

Music_Is_My_Life
February 27th 2006



100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Did you not get the release that has two CD's and a DVD? If you had it includes many
good B Sides and unreleased/new songs as well as a bunch of acoustic versions. The
DVD has every Matthew Good video with optional commentary as well as a making of
segment fo the acoustic section on disc two. Definitely worth the few extra bucks rather
than the slightly cheaper 1 disc version. Anyway, good review and in fact your criticism
is still valid (about the lack of songs from Audio of Being and Avalanche) but the extras
make up for it.

This Message Edited On 02.27.06

Zesty Mordant
February 27th 2006



1196 Comments


Matthew Good was great in Underdogs and even more so on Beautiful Midnight. He kinda fell of after that, though Avalanche was half-decent.
I could never really listen to the guy for more than a couple songs before I start feeling really depressed and mopey though.

tom79
February 27th 2006



3346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, there is a DVD version with many B sides, new songs, acoustic tracks, ect.. as Music_Is_My_Life said, but i just got the cd version

tom79
February 27th 2006



3346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The DVD version was a little too expensive for meThis Message Edited On 02.27.06

Two-Headed Boy
March 12th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

though Avalanche was half-decent.

/gasp!This Message Edited On 03.12.06

Two-Headed Boy
December 7th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Rooms", the acoustic reworkings on disc Two of the Deluxe Edition, his without his best work ever.

kyleisgreat
February 2nd 2009



79 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You really have to get the deluxe version of this. DVD aside(all his videos! personally I think his are some of the best), the cd is really good, with basically acoustic audio of being and then some really rare eps(depeche mode cover is killer). I think I've listened to cd2 more than the greatest hits disc.

tcat84
January 24th 2010



795 Comments


The two new songs were Oh be joyful, and Big City Life. Pony Boy is new i guess but it was a B-side from Audio of Being.

Sorry to nit pick, just they are probably my Favorite band of all time, I'd been waiting since 2001 to hear Pony boy haha

oh well good review

mrdrumstick
October 7th 2011



15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

CD2 - his acoustic versions are some of the best things he's ever released



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