Matt Andersen from the album Halfway Home by Morning available on True North Records (by Bryant Liggett)
Halfway Home by Morning, the recent release from Matt Andersen, is like a good walk, the destination a second thought to the experiences encountered along the way. The album shifts through Country, Folk and funky Blues sounds, featuring the big voice of Matt Andersen along with additional touches provide by the beauty in backing vocals that range from simple Doo Wop harmonies to a gospel choir effect in the verses. “What Would Your Mama Say” is a groovy stroll into the album as opener, keyboard heavy riffs accentuated by the ladies backing with vocals.
“Something to Lose” features Amy Helm, her voice a choice pairing to that of Andersen. The tune is a soulful ballad, carefully crafted stimulation from guitar and pedal steel, alternately fill-in with tasty horns. “Gasoline” grooves with punching horn blasts, the storyline telling of a thoughtful, better the world around you suggesting ‘before we change the world, we’re gonna have to change our minds. Let’s start living and forgiving like we’re running out of time, stop fighting fire with gasoline’. “Help Yours Elf” is a pep-talk of a song with personal reflections and human suggestions; the horns playing under Matt Andersen’s vocals while short guitar solos tie each verse together as he sings that ‘if no one comes to bring you to the light, you’ve got to help yourself’. Halfway Home by Morning ends with a double-dose of heart-wrenching ballads when Matt Andersen uses words to paint personal images in “Been My Last” and “Quarter on the Ground”. Halfway Home by Morning is an album of strong instrumentation and even stronger vocals; completely devoid of theatrics, its strength lying in a solid beginning to a final end consistency. (by Bryant Liggett)
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