Joe Matera – Louder Than Words
|2||Louder Than Words|
|4||Feel Your Love|
|5||Hands Of Time|
|6||Days Gone By|
|7||Playing With Fire|
|9||Louder Than Words (Acoustic)|
Take Joe's brief and precocious opener, 'Intro 1V'. Just a morsel, really, but one that offers hints of Nine Inch Nails and elements of Germanic angst. Not a strain that has featured too heavily in Joe's previous outings.
The darkness floods through the preceding single and title song. Thumping slowly through a rhythmic, a song of self-analysis, ironically suggesting that images, symbols and, I guess, sounds can speak louder to the soul that words. Within the context of this album, with its array of lyrical themes, a lovely juxtaposition.
Throughout the nine tracks, there remains one constant. I refer to my opening statement. Today's Joe Matera sound is a gargantuan, grey, rolling tank, softened beautifully by the cushion of production. On top of this gentle darkness sit both lyrics and melodies that, in place, evoke the most unlikely genres. Take 'Movin’ On', slotting neatly in place here is a most unexpected hint of ‘80s pop...that bright, brash, courageously unpretentious glare that gave us such glorious lightness. A song that, indeed, flits between the black and the white.
And that is the key to the entire album, really. A truly unexpected place where eclecticism marries traditional tendencies. In an age when simplistic genre template artists remain depressingly in place, here is an album of the guitar, the voice and other machines.
- Mick Middles
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