Matthew Good Band
The Audio of Being


4.5
superb

Review

by Boxes Of Cats USER (11 Reviews)
April 2nd, 2006 | 15 replies | 7,959 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

This was the final album before Matthew Good Band split up and went their separate ways. After their 1999 mega-hit "Beautiful Midnight" with 4 hit singles (Load Me Up, Hello Time Bomb, Strange Days, and The Future Is X-Rated) Matthew Good left the band for a while and wrote the songs for "The Audio Of Being" by himself in a hotel room. When he returned, the band recorded the album, but split up in the middle of the making of the album, forcing Matthew Good to finish the album on his own.

This is said to be Matthew Good Band's heaviest album, indeed sporting multiple hard rock thrillers as well hailed to be their best work by the majority of fans, although not as huge of a seller as "Beautiful Midnight" and not 1 of the 2 singles from the album (Carmelina and Anti-Pop) were featured on Matthew Good's 2005 Greatest Hits package "In A Coma", but smartly recorded 3 songs in acoustic for the deluxe edition of "In A Coma", (Tripoli, Truffle Pigs and Advertising On Police Cars.)

The album takes you through a number of styles, and like I mentioned above, the majority of the songs and overall feel of the album being harder. The album starts off with a great opening track "Man Of Action" featuring various symphony parts and a powerful chorus with alternative guitar and lenghtened vocals. The album keeps it's heavy feel for the next 2 tracks with the hit single "Carmelina", a fast, riff-built song, arguably the heaviest song on the album. Track 3, "Tripoli" is as well a heavy song but sports a very dark and mysterious feel to it. The song also steps it down in speed, providing the listener with a great transition from fast and heavy to the next set of songs which are slow and soft.

The soft sequence of the album starts off with my favourite track off the album, "Advertising On Police Cars". The song includes effected guitar, giving the song a mystical song. The lyrics are not his best, but still show off an ability to write meaningful metaphors. The vocals are definately some of his best, and we are re-introduced to some piano and symphony parts. Track 5, "I, The Throw Away" may not instantly appeal to the listener, but can definately grow on you. The acoustic guitar riff featured throughout the song stands out and really attracts you to the song. The lyrics are very well written and we hear more symphony bits at the end of the song, making for a great outro. The next song, "Truffle Pigs" gets the album going again, with a feel much like that of "Tripoli". It starts with acoustic guitar chords, but not as well-done vocals. The song definately picks itself up once the other isntruments come in, but just doesn't match the quality of music of the rest of the album.

We now go through a mix of the 2 main styles for the last half of the album, and then hear a few that balance the 2 styles. Track 7, "The Fall Of Man" returns to the album's heavier side, being much like the opener, "Man Of Action" with a heavy chorus and deep verses. For the next song we then change gears quite a bit. "Under The Influence" features a more modern mainstream sound with catchy drums and a nice strong chorus. We quickly slow down again with "The Rat Who Would Be King". Matthew Good shows off extended vocal notes backed by a sad-sounding guitar riff and a subtle drum beat, giving the song more of a serious feel, this is another that doesn't catch your attention at first but can grow on you if not.

From here on in the album completely goes in a more lighter and poppier direction than the rest of the album, but still keeps you going with it. Track 10, "Anti-Pop" is a song that you would recognize as something that you would hear multiple times per day on your local mainstream radio station. Generall a fan favourite, this song does not appeal to me as much. Most of the instruments and vocals are effected in some way and the lyrics are modern and not thoughtful. We then go into a song called "The Workers Sing A Song Of Mass Production". This song is highly similar to "Under Thr Influence" in many ways, with a similar drum beat but does make a point of showing off the bass more and the guitar a little less, but effects the vocals as well. The chorus is the basic climax of the song with agressive vocals and alternative guitar chords, which were proceeded by a "decieving" poppy pre-chorus. We then get to track 12, the album closer, "Sort Of A Protest Song". This is a good way to end the album with great sounding melodic guitar, drums and vocals put together very well. The chorus is in the same style as the verse but heightened in sound. The middle of the song re-attracts your attention as well with driving guitar backed by a symphony. Throughout the rest of the song we hear a vocal break and various symphony instruments fitted well with the song.

Overall, this was an amazing album, I definately agree with most that it is Matt Good's best and heaviest. It gets 4.5, great variety in songs throughout, reasonably ordered, good lyrics, just a couple songs that aren't to the ability of the album. If you like the band or Matthew Good pick this up as soon as possible, if not you should try downloading 1 of the 12 songs I talked about (preferably 1 of the 2 singles or "The Fall Of Man" which is 1 of the best and sports the qualities of the album.)



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Comments:Add a Comment 
tom79
April 2nd 2006



3346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This one of my favorite Matt Good albums.
Nice Review :thumb:

Digging: Bent Outta Shape - Stray Dog Town

Two-Headed Boy
April 2nd 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What Tom said.

Nice to see you back. Just don't do like five reviews a day and you'll be fine :thumb:

Zesty Mordant
April 2nd 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Good review, but I don't like this album. I find it far too depressing for my taste, and it hints that Good was getting bored with the band. The only standout tracks for me are "Tripoli" and "I, the Throw Away".
But the booklet that came with it, containing all the lyrics to his songs is pretty cool.

Zebra
Moderator
April 2nd 2006



2647 Comments


Great review, a huge step forward from your last attempts. I'll have to download a few tracks off of this.

Two-Headed Boy
April 2nd 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Download "The Fall of Man", "Carmelina", "Advertising on Police Cars" and "Anti-Pop". Excellent, excellent tracks.

My version didn't come with a lyrics booklet :upset:

Two-Headed Boy
April 2nd 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

BTW I got dibs on re-reviewing Avalanche.

I'll do it this afternoon/evening if I can.This Message Edited On 04.02.06

Boxes Of Cats
April 2nd 2006



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks, i throught that this one would get more appraisal since it's different style and covers lots of aspects.

Two-Headed Boy
April 7th 2006



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One thing; change the release date to 2001.

LiZeR
December 29th 2006



49 Comments


I just listened to this album again today, "Advertising on Police Cars" is still one of my favourite Matthew Good Band songs. It does have this mystical epic feeling to it.

Nice Review.

Burn2Burn
December 7th 2008



2378 Comments


Advertising on Police Cars is probably my favorite MGB song.

YouAreMySilence
January 10th 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Don't understand how Advertising On Police Cars doesn't have the best lyrics? Has to be one of the best ballads ever, probably my favorite Matthew Good Band song as well, and probably my favorite record as well.

random
July 14th 2010



2243 Comments


Is this album any good? I just ordered it like a week ago off Amazon.

porch
July 14th 2010



8390 Comments


random who are you

toxin.
October 21st 2012



11804 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty sweet

CK
May 29th 2013



4519 Comments


This may be my favorite Matthew Good album yet, not entirely sure yet



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