Underrated and Overlooked #4: “Beautiful Midnight” by Matthew Good Band

March 14, 2009

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I haven’t done this thread in awhile, so I’ll start with a quick recap of the past few albums I’ve mentioned here. In case you want to read them and missed them the first time around, click on the links below to read them.

1)    Billy Joel- The Stranger (posted on Nov. 21st, 2008)
2)    Johnny Cash – Blood, Sweat and Tears ( posted on Nov. 29th, 2008)
3)    Cee Lo – Cee Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections (posted on Dec. 6, 2008)

Okay, here’s the review of “Underrated and Overlooked Albums #4,”
“Beautiful Midnight” by The Matthew Good Band

“Beautiful Midnight” is a flawless and original rock album. The Matthew Good Band made several great songs before that album, and finally they built up enough credibility to book an American deal for distribution of “Midnight.” Unfortunately, MGB hasn’t followed it up with what could have been further great albums.
“Midnight” stands out for its great lyrics and their perfect delivery. Topically it’s primarly an address towards consumerism and superficiality.

“Beautiful Midnight” sets its track order up as each labeled an hour of the day—track 1, “Giant” is also 5:00 PM going through to 5:00 AM at track 13 which is “Born to Kill,“ followed by the haunting ballad  “Running for Home” which is labeled “Sun Up.”
Each song is good, with great singing, great guitar chords but what really sends each over the top is its lyrics. A deceptively beautiful seemingly love song like Giant contains somewhat dark and deep lyrics. The centerpiece of the album is “The Future is X Rated,” with it’s lyrics about a dying culture that stops seeking to explore creativity, interspersed with a bored and hardly trying adult phone line operator muffled in the background. Explorations of school violence and loss of personal accountability precede and follow “X rated” in “A Boy and His—” and “Born to Kill,” respectively.

Musically, it’s heavily post-grunge, which is hardly ever an area that provides room for much creativity, but it takes from that a solid musical rock base and adds enough Canadian alt-rock energy (think of a more vibrant and intelligent “Spiritual Machines” era Our Lady Peace) to come up with a fresh sound.

Of all albums that I loved as a senior in high school, this is one of the few that stands up today. I can take it down at least once a year and it ends up in heavy rotation for a month or two each time.
I only wish MGB had been able to follow up such an excellent album with another effort that at least came close. Yet one perfect album is better than most bands are capable of these days.

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One Response to “Underrated and Overlooked #4: “Beautiful Midnight” by Matthew Good Band”

  1. […] thread and discovered that I haven’t done one of these in over three years.  So if you click here, you can read my installment on “Beautiful Midnight” by the Matthew Good Band and from there you can find links to the previous three posts. There are a lot of these I’ve […]

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