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by the matthew show

Pop from the nerd lunchtable.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Theme from texas
The Matthew Show
1:10 $0.99
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2. Bring Me Safely Down
The Matthew Show
6:05 $0.99
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3. Old Enough
The Matthew Show
6:25 $0.99
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4. Office Suite, Part I
The Matthew Show
4:20 $0.99
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5. Symbiotic Angel
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5:36 $0.99
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6. The Roof Is Leaking
The Matthew Show
4:51 $0.99
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7. Office Suite, Part II
The Matthew Show
6:21 $0.99
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8. The Loneliest Boy In Toyland
The Matthew Show
4:54 $0.99
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9. Mountaintop 4th of July
The Matthew Show
7:39 $0.99
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10. Reprise
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1:07 $0.99
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11. Union Station
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Album Notes
A word from the artist:

"One day in late 1999, I sat in a Dallas deli booth with my friend & hero Little Jack Melody, talking about our respective bands. I was throwing him some cockamamie fit of theory having to do with what I thought my band's target demographic was, how hard it was to pick the Radio Song, and who knows what else. I don't even remember. What I do remember was Little Jack dithering over his Reuben & chips and rather absently saying, "I don't know, all I ever wanted to do was make an album I liked."

Strange as it may seem, this completely blew my mind. I had spent a little shy of a decade working so hard on the upward climb, so hard on winning over sports bar crowds, so hard on the rock-n-roll dream, that I had forgotten what it was that had made me want to write songs in the first place. I really wasn't interested in rocking the house. I wanted to make an album I liked.

So as they say on the television, I busted up the band, cobbled together a studio, and proceeded to make... what? Well, it's an album. It has fast songs, slow songs, songs with drums, and songs without them. There are guitars, household objects, sounds from the backyard, whatever I like. And lots & lots of melodies.

Interestingly, what came out of this is a document of sorts. A document of my life to date. Dayjobs, gigs, self-important doormen, fear of hipness, whatever.

But truly, honestly, what you see before you is an album I like. And since everyone believes in their own good taste, I happen to think you'll like it as well."

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cloud nine and cloud seven

We love "Texas"!
Internet Music Radio, "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies", loves The Matthew Show. Personal favorite, "The Loneliest Boy In Toyland".
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for the nerd in all of us
the unlikely voice of a dispossessed generation, crooning over catchy, memorable rhythms & solid musical arrangements that hit & stick to all sorts of unexpected places... the gut, the heart, the roof of your mouth, the bottom of your soul, the tookus of your mind... anthems for the thinking feeling wounded children of the 80s & 90s who
refuse to give up, & yet timeless & haunting, reaching its painfully self-aware tentacles into the darkness of future generations to come... with a healthy respect & a nod to all that came before. in short? the perfect blend of timelessness, nowness, then-ness, and righteous accessibility... with a wry sense of humor... all leaked out in one of the most singularly warm smoothe mystical
memorable lonely-boy voices i've heard in a long while... an album that will comfort you again & again with every successive listen.

lullabies, threnodies, gentle revolutions, comical modpodges of idiosyncratic soundscapes, & so much more... 'texas' is not something to listen to once & tuck away on a shelf, but something to be experienced & absorbed time & again, & to pass along to as many people as possible. if you listen closely, you just might hear a whisper of the brilliant underappreciated painfully-perceptive nerd buried deep within your own skin. the nerd who always wanted to sing, & now has found his voice. through the matthew show.
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Blondie

Just lovely... Want you to Norway
Music that makes me relax. Newer get tiered to listen.
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DJMax

Awesome...
This CD was fantastic all the songs i love my paticular fave is Office Suite, Pt. 2 it was very well recived! Great work.
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Jim Enstrom

A true singer songwriter
I was in desperate need of some new tunes so I decided to surf downloads.com. I heard Bring Me Down Safely and thought I'd buy the album. What a find! From his storytelling to his satirical humor there is something for everyone. I can't wait for his next album.
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paulms

this album is like a fine mellow whiskey
Absolutely fantastic. This is a wry voice, speaking through some brilliantly ironic lyrics and deceptively catchy laid back rock grooves, with some great ambience poking in the backdrop. The voice, which I think is one of the best male vocals around, is summing up a true dissenting Americana, not found easily these days in the clichéd angst of modern rock. The sound is much more earthy and mellow, but there is something I can only describe as a sincere, heart on your sleeve cynicism, reminiscent to me of roger waters if he were less wordy and from texas.
I only got hip to TMS here in NY, but he seems to be carrying on the same tradition as one of his state’s other great voices, bill hicks. (I daresay this sounds exactly like the kind of album Bill Hicks would have made had he been more of a musician and less of a comic genius.) The songs balance just the right amount of hooks, playful mellow experimentation, and the feeling that some dark, odd texas stranger is speaking directly to your bones over a few shots of whiskey. The 2 Office Suite numbers are delightfully bitter, Safely Down a great laid back anthem that opens the album (and which I seem to hum to myself constantly. Surely they’ll make a video for this, and I’d like to nominate myself as first choice for director…), but the gem of all gems is Mountaintop 4th of July, which I challenge you to not be moved by. Wilco’s Yankee Foxtrot Hotel was one of the last great “listen to all the way through” post rock albums, and now this arises to take it’s place in my stereo.
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Audiodependence Radio

Matthew is just clever as hell!
The Matthew Show ... as heard on Audiodependence Radio. Matt is without question a rising star. He exhibits all the expertise and musical abilities necessary to get the recognition his work deserves.

When we first reviewed his CD submission we all just sat there looking at each other in amazement. Amazed that a major label has not picked up this artist.

We were struck by the haunting lyrics and the humor of his work. Matt is a wordsmith who uses music to tell his tale. And the music ... well ... AWESOME!

Don’t let The Matthew Show get past you. If ever there was an artist that you could recommend to all your friends, and NEVER APPOLOGIZE, this is the guy!

First-rate material sung with Matt’s unique sound. He really gets his point across and allows the listener to sit back and just take The Matthew Show trip!
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Glyn Bailey

The whole thing flows, with attention to details...
I heard of the Matthew Show via a discussion group, he must have answered some query and I decided to check the website. So I was reading through some of the stuff there and what struck me first was the mastery of language, this man really should be writing novels, it shows in the quality of the lyrics. My first CD Baby purchase this.
What strikes me overall is the production. It isn't just a collection of songs with gaps in between. The whole thing flows, with attention to details and judicious use of sound effects to set the scene.
The first three didn't quite hit the spot for me, which to be fair says more about my taste in music than anything to do with the standard of these songs. I mean Bring Me Safely Down is a nice ballad. But then, Office Suite Part 1 kicks in, and bingo, from there to the end of the album had me.
Mountaintop 4th Of July is going round my head as I write, yep I guess that's my favourite, though Union Station is really good, and then there’s Toyland (the single as we would have said in the old days, when singles were significant), and there's a return to work for Office Suite Part 2 – now that's my office that is!
Oh, the packaging is good and the album cover pic a classic. I'll watch out for the next.
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Texas music fan

A Collecters Album--too original to miss
This is a collecter's album--the jacket alone draws you in, you want to hear what's inside. The voice is deep and easy to like, and the lyrics of Bring Me Safely Down is music to savor. There is sarcastic humor in the Office Suites that will make you want to share it with friends.
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Jake Hansen

very good
I bought this album like jim, after downloading his songs on download.com, and I'm not disapointed one bit, great album all the way through
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