Matt Keating - Quixotic
- Artist: Matt Keating
- Album: Quixotic
- Label: Kealon
- Year of Release: 2008
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- Reviewed by: dscanland on 2008-12-08
Not many indie artists are bold enough to make a double album this day and age. Well, indie singer/songwriter Matt Keating felt it was time he release a very long player. Quixotic, out on his own Kealon Records, is a double disc that surprisingly has very little filler on it. Matt doesn't try to do themes on either side. No, each disc is quite evenly paced and they both contain some great songwriting and brilliant performances. The album doesn't call out singles which means that Quixotic is perfect as this double album. There aren't stand out tracks as each listen brings out different qualities of different songs.
On the first disc Keating starts out quite mellow with "St. Cloud" and then boosts the energy slightly in the road-worthy "Confidential". And again, another boost in the rocking "Louisiana", again, another great road song. Then it's a turn to the dark side on the brooding "Do In The Dark". This is the sort of ride you get on Quixotic, a nice variety and yet everything fits together brilliant.
The second disc starts out with "Lion's Share of Nothing" that reminds me of something Tom Petty might have put out. "Do You Want (To Not Be Lonely With Me)" sounds like a lost Elvis Costello track. Before he rocks your socks off, he brings it down again with "Road To Ruin", where he reminds me of Willie Nelson. Again, the diversity makes this double disc well worth the price of admission.
Overall the band on the album is wonderful. They don't get in Matt's way, letting him get the songs across in the best way he can.
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