Artist: The Matt Burke Band
Album: Pretty Close To Very Good
Label: Matt Burke Music
Sounds Like: Carlos Santana, Guillaume Eyango, Nirvana, James Hetfield (Metallica)
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: The Weekend War, One Step At A Time, Moonshine Porcelain
If anyone were to ask me about what The Matt Burke's Band album Pretty Close To Very Good "sounds like", I'd probably laugh and say that the title is self-explanatory!
Though, I'd rather say that it "sounds like" everything you've ever felt, everything you'll ever feel, everything you've ever lived and everything you'll ever live...but nothing you could expect.
There is so much diversity, so much depth and meaning in this album that it's just mind-blowing.
I confess that I've never, never, never heard such music in my whole life!
All of this is in a very positive sense, as you will read.
The Matt Burke Band's core is made of two people, both guitarists: Matt Burke and Brue Baker (is there a pun intended here?) with various guests, all very serious, seasoned, top notch, high caliber ones. The end result is a perfectly well balanced 10-song record.
There's a blueprint in Matt's songwriting, however each song has its own flavour (from Carlos Santana's sound to Nirvana's raw energy, via Metallica's James Hetfield-like vocals.) It is always "yummy" and the lyrics are unique.
The opening song, The Weekend War, is a bit more pop than rock, but has enough guts to be a real hit, with a "hymnic" vibe.
The second song, One Step At a Time, showcases Matt's outstanding vocal abilities, very similar to another singer I hold in high esteem: Guillaume Eyango.
Funk/soul vibe for this one, yet still rocking.
Throughout the whole album, there are tempo changes which can only grab the listener's attention and build focus.
On the song Moonshine Porcelain, the drop guitar tuning gives a really interesting way of adding power and character.
A bit of grungy slide guitar vibe for this one.
Pretty Close To Very Good is an understatement.
This album is a blend of pop, funk, soul, grunge, slide, and groovy rock...at its best.