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Puckett's Versus The Country Boy

by Matt Sharp (of Weezer, The Rentals)

Weezer founder and The Rentals front man, Matt Sharp moves away from the power-pop he helped create on the first two Weezer records, and the Moog-driven pop of The Rentals' albums, to create a sophisticated, melodic, sleepy sound of acoustic beauty.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Goodbye West Coast
Matt Sharp (ex. Weezer, Rentals)
3:27 $0.99
2. Some Come Running Through
Matt Sharp (ex. Weezer, Rentals)
5:24 $0.99
3. Visions of Anna
Matt Sharp (ex. Weezer, Rentals)
6:12 $0.99
4. Hey, What You Gonna Do?
Matt Sharp (ex. Weezer, Rentals)
5:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
After a four year absence, Matt Sharp returns to the music world as a solo artist, emerging with a sparse, acoustic four song EP titled, Puckett's Versus The Country Boy. Hidden away in a small house deep in the countryside of Leipers Fork, TN Matt removed himself to do some thinking, writing and recording for what has evolved into the EP and soon to follow debut solo album.

The sound of his solo work is a big departure from what he is most well known for. The enigmatic front man for The Rentals (Maverick Records) released the seminal lo-fi new wave album Return of The Rentals in 1995, which featured the modern rock radio smash, "Friends Of P." and the critically acclaimed cult-classic Seven More Minutes. The sophomore effort was a glamorous affair of epic ballads and hedonistic celebrations, written and recorded in Barcelona and London, respectively. These were collaborations with some of Europe's most well known artists, such as Damon Albarn (Blur), Tim Wheeler (Ash), and countless others from Brit pop's royalty. The record was completed in a whirlwind of travel and emotion, bouncing from continent to continent in the haze of a passionate scene.

"at that time, I thought I had all the answers, trying to create a tower of song, monuments of sound, with very dense arrangements, a billion tracks of synthesizers, a zillion layers of female harmonies, all to celebrate this friend of mine and to let her know she meant the world to me, but somehow in the midst of all that production and chaos my message got lost in the machine"- Matt Sharp (2003)

Gone are the moog synthesizers, female harmonies and coke-bottle glasses.

The new music unfolds like a late night conversation with a long lost friend.

Central to his musical life now are his two main collaborators, Greg Brown (not to be confused with the folk singer of the same name) and ambient artist Josh Hager. Josh sets the tone of the new material with ghostly sounds that lay under the record's sparse arrangements, giving the music it's contemplative and almost haunting mood. Greg Brown's guitar brings to the record a rustic melodic sense with an authentic American voice.

Beyond that, Matt is probably best remembered as the charismatic founding member of WEEZER (whose bass playing was their heart and falsetto vocals their soul) in 1992. Living through the pandemonium and geek sheek phenomena that was the Blue Album (over 4 million copies sold in the U.S. alone), and one of the most influential, landmark records of the last decade, 1997's Pinkerton (rated number 16 by readers of Rolling Stone in a list of the greatest rock-n-roll records of all time), Matt and the group quietly parted ways sometime in 1998. Leaving the pop life behind, Matt found himself hold up in a small country house, far away from outside influences, without television or radio. The wide open fields of the Tennessee landscape serve as back drop for songs like "Goodbye West Coast", in which the author sings of returning home to visit his best friend's grave. The spiritual tone of lap steel, piano and acoustic guitar echo around the private words that read like a diary. The lyrics, instead of presuming to know all the answers, start to ask a lot of questions that get a dialog rolling.

Before the release of the record on the independent Portland label, Matt, Josh and Greg set out on the road to bring the music as directly and honestly as possible to their fans. Breaking down the barriers between performer and audience, Matt has asked everyone to bring a pillow and sit as close as possible with the band. Depending on the evening, the intimate shows can move from somber mood to light hearted storytelling.

The LA Weekly wrote: " Having just recorded an ambient eponymous solo album in the hermetic Leipers Fork, TN. The reclusive ex-WEEZER bassist and Rentals founder shines most brilliantly in the dark, just left of the spotlight. This is edgy songwriting from a wine flushed inner depth".

Time Out New York wrote: "As bassist and co-writer on WEEZER's first two albums, Matt Sharp supplied much of the vitality that made the group so refreshing. And as the frontman for the Rentals, he perfected the syn-thesis of crunchy pop melodies and mournful lyrics that were his previous band's stock and trade. Is it foolish to bemoan an artist's evolution ? Absolutely. As they've matured, many great pop craftsman - from Nick Lowe to Alex Chilton - have embraced a rootsier approach, sometimes with stellar results. Sharp has explained that he's merely trying to purify his work, citing The Rentals' lush production as an unnecessary barrier between songwriter and listener. Maybe, but what a wondrous barrier it was."



to write a review

sean holbrook syphlliticsak@aol.com

Matt Sharp's is unsurpassed.
At this point I fail to believe that Matt Sharp's shit stinks. Because everything else that comes out of him, his words, musical talent is so beautiful, he cannot make a bad song. So yes I would sit in a bathroom all day just listening to him shit to hear those sounds also. It is a great cd, I cannot wait for more music.

Stephen Palmer

Sleepy but Sweet
What a wait but well worth it. "Goodbye West Coast" itself is worth the price of admission. This CD showcases both songwriting genius, as well as wonderful hushed vocals. let's not wait so long until the next one please Matt

Brook Nugent

In my top 10 CD's
I love to listen to this CD on my way to work in the morning. I can't help but sing along with it.

Rob Crow

Fantastic preview. I can't wait for the album
Upon first listen, I knew I had gotten something special. I guess one really can't go wrong with Matt Sharp. Everything he touches turns to gold, and I was a bit worried when I heard that he had abandoned his old style of music because I really, really liked it, but the fact of the matter is, he writes good music. Whether it be rock, pop, or like this, more mellow acoustic, it's good music plain and simple. It's a great purchase.


Matt is far more talented than rivers and wrote all the weezer songs
Matt is amazing...sounds like carlis star though


Matt's new cd is great, Some run through is my favorite, but the others stick with me all day too. They're all very well written and are enjoyable to listen too. I've followed him through all his bands and even got to see him live recently which was an awsome experience by itself. solo and acustic suits him well, and I can't wait for the rest of the album.

Matt Hammar

Distilled Brilliance
A full turnabout from the majority of the sound on The Rentals' Seven More Minutes. Simple yet lacking nothing, the four songs left me hoping for a hidden track at the end of the EP. Guess I will have to settle for the upcoming full-length release. You will not be disappointed in Matt Sharp's talent.


Chill Out with Matt Sharp
I generally go for more upbeat pop-rock a la Weezer or Rooney. Matt Sharp's EP is a nice change of pace though. There's a nice interplay between the guitar and piano. It's more intricate than his stuff with the Rentals. I've never really been a fan of his vocals though, which I find to be a little rough. Good listening for chilling out.


Matt never fails
I was a little apprehensive when buying this CD, thinking that it couldn't possibly be as good as The Rentals, but I was wrong. The CD is excellent, the songs are beautiful, and Matt is extremely talented no matter what style of music he is performing. I should have known!


matt does it again, i cant wait for more.
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