Matthew Ebel | The Lives of Dexter Peterson

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The Lives of Dexter Peterson

by Matthew Ebel

Part piano rock album, part graphic novel, The Lives of Dexter Peterson tells the story of a young man from New York City who has lived as over 11,000 different people.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Good Morning, New York
4:23 $0.99
2. The Last Pirate
3:35 $0.99
3. These Wars We Fight
4:26 $0.99
4. Frozen Oasis
5:20 $0.99
5. A Question of Sanity
5:07 $0.99
6. I Met a Girl
3:48 $0.99
7. I Wish I Were
4:14 $0.99
8. Wait Here
6:16 $0.99
9. Normal Is Not for Me
4:19 $0.99
10. A Million Miles Away
4:24 $0.99
11. All Over Again
4:56 $0.99
12. Who I Am
5:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Lives of Dexter Peterson is a three-part project from musician/writer Matthew Ebel and comic artist Genesis Whitmore. Based on a novella written by Ebel, the album, story, and comic are about a boy from New York City who finds himself inexplicably jumping from one life to the next, as though someone were changing the channels of his life and he’s the star of every single show. He can’t explain why nor can he see a pattern, all he knows is that a girl named Alexandria seems to follow him from one life to the next.

"My name is Dexter Jared Peterson. I am 26 years old and I live in New York City. In the last seven years I have lived as 11,577 different people."

This is how Dexter begins every entry he writes in his journal. Whether he wakes up as a World War II soldier in the French countryside or a dolphin off the Hawaiian coast or a cinema-worshiping priest of a post-apocalyptic religious order, all Dexter can do is try to stay alive as his environment changes. Throughout it all he keeps track of his lives in a journal that, somehow, travels with him.



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A fun romp for geeks and anyone else
As a longtime fan of Matthew Ebel, I purchased this CD after having heard but one song from it. I was not disappointed. The first track is really strong, as an opener should be. The Last Pirate is a hilarious romp dealing with Anonymous and music piracy. A Question of Sanity is a great drifting instrumental with a nice buzzy guitar in the background. I Wish I Were is kind of just a big ball of geek fanwank, which I am all right with in some ways. I think it really exemplifies the central idea of this album and its accompanying comic, though. Lots of the lyrics are about identity, feeling lost, finding oneself, and things like that. Honestly, a lot of people should be able to identify with the songs on this album, and it's definitely Matthew's most solid album to date. I rather liked These Wars We Fight, Frozen Oasis, I Met a Girl, Wait Here, and Normal Is Not for Me. 8.5/10