Matt White â€“ Best Days / 2007 Geffen / 11 Tracks / http://www.mattwhitemusic.com / http://www.geffen.com /
Matt White is one of the few artists that we have reviewed that does not have anything in the way of a Wikipedia. This is odd, considering that the vast majority of individuals that have achieved prominence in music have one. This is not to say that White isnâ€™t famous; a quick perusal of eir Myspace brings up a link that allows individuals to vote for eir on VH1â€™s Top 20 Countdown. Being an â€œAOL Breakerâ€, and having â€œBest Daysâ€ produced by individuals that are no less famous than those individuals that have buffed out and made Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, and Mary J. Blige in the last few decades, it seems like White is on the verge of breaking it big and staying big in the years to come.
The discâ€™s biggest track to this point is the title cut; the sweet sounds of Whiteâ€™s vocals are bolstered ever so slightly by the light amount of instrumentation that is present, which consist of little more than Whiteâ€™s guitar and a simple drum beat. It is in Whiteâ€™s vocals that most of the harmony is contained; by making White work during this track, â€œBest Daysâ€ endears itself to anyone that may be listening in. The result is a track that could easily make it onto the ending credits of any CW show, and is already present on pretty much any rock radio station. Other tracks on â€œBest Daysâ€, such as â€œPlayâ€, continue much of the same strong vocal harmonies and interesting instrumental sections. Where there is a more plodding tempo present to â€œPlayâ€, Whiteâ€™s vocals come forth and easily dominate and bind together the disparate instrumental sections of the track. It is also during â€œPlayâ€ that White assumes a little of the vocal style that is present during Maroon 5 songs.
â€œLoveâ€ continues these interesting tracks, and despite having a plodding style that is somewhat similar to Feistâ€™s on â€œ1234â€, White is able to take eir own distinct tack. This is the story of the entirety of â€œBest Daysâ€. All of the tracks here have some sort of familiarity when taken in the larger context of popular music, but White is able to distinguish eirself because each of these tracks tweak something present in popular music enough to make Whiteâ€™s songs sound that much different. Give the disc a go if you want smooth, soulful-sounding pop rock music that will maintain its freshness.
Top Tracks: Love, Best Days