Another week, another band. This week I listened to Matthew Good Band (MGB) and their album Beautiful Midnight. This is the third album by MGB and arguably their most popular. When researching the band I came across three interesting facts: 1) This album won a Juno in 2000, 2) This album is 18 years old, and 3) MGB were only a band for 7 years. The last fact surprised me the most, I guess in part because you still hear about Matthew Good, but he now tours as a solo artist, and not as part of Matthew Good Band.
Anyways, to the music. A lot of these songs were familiar to me because I grew up watching MuchMusic and listening to Big Shiny Tunes. However, prior to this week I never sat down and listened to this album in its entirety. Hello Time Bomb, The Future is X-Rated, and Load Me Up brought me back to 18 years ago when I was discovering music in a variety of ways. Using Napster or Limewire I acquired versions of these songs for my personal collection. I remember I had a version of Load Me Up that had some sort of weird jingle or intro at the beginning. I wonder if I could still find that version on an old hard drive...
Ok, back to the music again. I can see why this album won a Juno. It was a pretty solid collection of songs that all seemed to fit together. However, listening to this album, I often only looked forward to the songs I already knew. A song like "Going All The Way" was one I often would skip or just ignore. By the end of the week I really didn't care for any songs outside of the ones I already knew. I blame myself for my pre-existing bias to these songs. Shame on me.
On a non-music note, Matt Good recently played here in town and a lot of people were disappointed because he didn't play a lot of his popular music. I wonder if this was because he didn't want to, he didn't have the rights to it because he is a solo act now, or another unforeseen reason. Who knows. Either way, if you like Canadian rock, this album isn't too bad.
Rating: 3.5 Matt Goods
Next Week: Hillsburn