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Matt Sharp

by Matt Sharp (of Weezer, The Rentals)

The debut full-length album from Weezer co-founder/former bassist and Rentals front man Matt Sharp. Stripping away the layers, Sharp delivers a sparse, beautiful solo masterpiece.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. All Those Dreams
4:16 $0.99
2. Goodbye West Coast
5:21 $0.99
3. Every Time In Blue
3:32 $0.99
4. Just Like Movie Stars
6:07 $0.99
5. Shadows
3:00 $0.99
6. Watch The Weather Break
5:41 $0.99
7. Let Me Pass
4:32 $0.99
8. Thoughts From A Slow Train
6:10 $0.99
9. After The Angels
6:32 $0.99
10. Before You Go
5:14 $0.99
11. Some Days
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Album Notes
Former Weezer bassist and MTV Buzz Clip band The Rentals' mastermind Matt Sharp ended his four-year, self-imposed hiatus from the music business last summer, releasing the critically acclaimed "Puckett's Versus the Country Boy" EP on Portland-based indie In Music We Trust Records.

After constant touring in support of the EP, Sharp is slated to release his self-titled, debut full-length May 18, 2004 on In Music We Trust Records.

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 evolved into "Puckett's Versus the Country Boy", and now the self-titled full-length.

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.". The Rentals' sophomore-release, "Seven More Minutes", followed in 1999 and became an instant cult favorite with its glamorous affair of epic ballads and hedonistic celebrations. It was written and recorded in Barcelona and London. It also contained 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 songs, monuments of sound, with very dense arrangement - 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 this production and chaos my message got lost in the machine "- Matt Sharp (2003)

Enter "Matt Sharp". 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, ex. Cake guitarist Greg Brown (not to be confused with the folk singer of the same name) and ambient/singer-songwriter artist Josh Hager. Hager 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, Sharp is probably best remembered as the charismatic founding member of multi-platinum band Weezer. Sharp's bass playing was their heart and his falsetto vocals their soul).

Living through the pandemonium and geek sheik phenomena that was the Blue Album (over 4 million copies sold in the U.S. alone). And one of the most influential and 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), Sharp and the group quietly parted ways sometime in 1998. In 1999, Sharp also decided to put The Rentals to rest.

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 backdrop 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.

Supporting the release of "Puckett's Versus the Country Boy" by touring relentlessly, first with friends, Hager and Brown, then boldly off on his own, headlining intimate evenings. Sharp brought the music as honestly as possible to the fans. Breaking down the barriers between performer and audience, Sharp asked everyone to bring a pillow and sit as close as possible to the band. Eventually last Fall Sharp took the opportunity to do supporting dates as well with good friends Tegan & Sara. Not only opening each night, joined by Tegan or Sara on a song here and there, but dusting off the old Rentals' Moog synthesizers, incorporating into Tegan & Sara's set.

Following the release of the self-titled full-length, Sharp will once again hit the road, again in a striping the songs bear with just warm vocals and an acoustic guitar. And, much like the tours in support of "Puckett's Versus the Country Boy", depending on the evening, the intimate shows can move from somber to light-hearted storytelling. Expect great songwriting, beautifully naked songs, and honest singing when you see Sharp live.

Don't want it on CD? Want it on vinyl?

You can order this record on vinyl (import, from Europe) at http://www.glitterhouse.com/index.asp?lang=e&mode=artinfo&submode=&id=36828&searchfor=&searchmode=0&pos=&wk=&rnd=0%2C6631586&s1=&s2=&incs=false. It inclues a different track order AND an unreleased song!



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Ross Murdoch

So soothing and sprinkled with magic.
I got my 'Matt Sharp' cd in the mail the other day and it has slowly been infiltrating my brain ever since.
Everyone is saying otherwise but i'm actually surprised at how similar to the Rentals this cd is. The great intelligent songwriting remains while the "wall of moogs" production is gone. No bad thing. Thanks Matt!

andrew gadek

once again, matt sharp kicks my ass
this CD is amazingly beautiful...very atmospheric, with the most gorgeous pianos and acoustic guitars i've heard since....i can't remember. ;)

if you liked the puckett's EP (also available at cdbaby), then you simply MUST buy this album now. sorry to be so dramatic, but i'm listening to it right now and i love the lyrics, i love the music, i LOVE matt's voice...and i think everyone should get to hear this.

if you heard the puckett's ep, then you know that this sounds nothing at all like the rentals or weezer...both great bands by the way (especially the rentals, in my opinion, a highly underrated band). i'm impressed that matt seems so at home with this new approach to his music writing and performing...he's the unknown genius of rock music.


Man, I don't know what to think about this CD. I am a completely devoted Weezer, Rentals, and Matt Sharp fan. And I understand that his solo stuff is a big departure from his old band efforts. And further, the music I most often listen to tends toward really mellow stuff (The Innocence Mission, Red House Painters, etc.). But I just felt like this CD at times lacks a tangible emotional intensity or clarity that would make it special. I can't say that I have felt like Matt creates a connection with the listener 100 percent of the time with these songs. The songs seem too drawn out too often and take too long to develop or express a musical voice. As such, some songs just seem to drag a bit. I really like the rather sparse arrangements sometimes, but I agree with the other reviewer who commented on a need for some sort of percussive addition to move the songs a bit more. I just felt like the songs needed something more to make them a little more memorable or substantive. And like I say, I want to like this CD because I love Matt Sharp as an artist. I will say that it is slowly growing on me, but there isn't an instant connection with me like his other work has had. Still worth owning though...


Great CD. Hooked right away
This CD is a great one. Some people said it took some growing time which it does a little. But it hooked me the whole time. Matt Sharp really went out on his own with this one. You sit there on the edge of your seat at first waiting for the familiar Weezer or The Rentals sound to emerge, but it never really hits poppy. You then settle and realize you are hearing Matt and the Music. The CD was calming to me, i listened to it alot while i drive around and it is a cure for road rage. I love this CD and i recomend it to anyone!

Sean MacMillan

I know the reviews initially said that this is NOT a Rentals CD. But that would be like saying a Tom Scholz solo album doesn't sound like Boston. Believe me though, that's not a bad thing. Those characteristic, insightful lyrics along with some twisty melodies are ever present although totally stripped down. There is nothing like an artist bearing his soul with simple tracks laid down for all to listen. Raw Matt and friends at their best. Any fan of the early Weezer albums and the even better Rentals albums will consider this a must for their collection.


i like it
i like the cd very much, some of the songs it took a while to grow on me, but it is just a nice relaxing album to listen to and makes me enjoy life just a little more. thanks matt.


Always a charm to hear Matt Sharps voice regardless of genre barriers. He's a wonderful song writer and this album is just another piece of evidence that Matt Sharp may very well be a musical genius.


Still good stripped of the Moog Source
Matt Sharp is finally returning after spending so much time in reclusion. This cd really shows another side of Matt. Gone are the distorted guitar riff and Moog synthesizers and all that's left is man with his acoustic guitar and thoughts. I don't think any fan of The Rentals should have any reservations about picking this up. Matt Sharp is still kicking ass!

michael bisson

simply put. the most beautiful piece of music I have ever heard
from beginning to end, this CD does not let you down. each track is a sad story from matt, with the music behind it telling another story. that of a mature song writer who is finally coming into his own. kudos to you, matt sharp, thanks for making this beautiful album.


Sweet, pure and honest.
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