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CD REVIEW: Matthew Genovese - Change
By Ivan Nossa - 01/17/2011 - 07:18 PM EST

Artist: Matthew Genovese
Album: Change
Genre: Pop/Rock
Sounds Like: James Morrison,Jackson Brown, Take that
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Stop wait turn around, Don’t change yourself for me, Wake up
Weakness: His writing skills are growing, not yet at their top
CD Review: Singer songwriter Matthew Genovese, whose surname means from Genova, one of the most beautiful and busy Italian cities on the Mediterranean sea, is originally from Toronto, Canada. After studying music for 3 years at the  renowned Berklee College of Music of Boston he ended up in Los Angeles. Here he is finishing his new LP “East to West” due for release in early 2011 while his EP entitled “Change” has been released in 2009. 

On the cd he sings and plays electric and acoustic guitars and is joined by musicians Randy Cooke who delivers a great performance on drums and so does Justin Gray on bass & keyboards. The sound of the record is of a high professional level, i especially like the sound of his acoustic guitar, very clear.

Matthew give us six pop rock songs which he plays, sings and records. It is rather clear that his songs are the product of spending his formative years playing guitar and dreaming about becoming a popstar. Raised with the best tradition of pop American and British songs he delivers a cd full of true emotions and true love for music. His music influences ranges from great masters of rock to modern pop bands. His arch has got many precious arrows: he can sing a beautiful ballad, has a peculiar pop voice, writes catchy tunes, plays energetic guitar riffs. Furthermore he also has got the right face and style. I would not be surprised if he gets a good record deal and heads for a music career. The last song of the EP “Don’t change yourself for me” is the most intimate track and let us discover the beauty of his voice and guitar. It also seems to be me the most complete and mature composition of this EP.

The songs have a simple beauty around them, especially when stripped back to acoustic guitars, piano and drums.

This album is about as catchy as it gets for good melodic rock .

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