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Amigo Row (2003)

Artist: Matt Suggs
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Format: CD
Sku: 60608594
UPC: 036172952625
UPC 14: 00036172952625
Release Date: 8/19/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Father ~ Matt Suggs
2. Darling Hanna ~ Matt Suggs
3. Calm Down ~ Matt Suggs
4. Tehachapi Girl ~ Matt Suggs
5. Jonathan Montgomery ~ Matt Suggs
6. New Year ~ Matt Suggs
7. Frontier Towne (Oh Janie) ~ Matt Suggs
8. Pretty Rain ~ Matt Suggs
9. Unbelievers Waltz, The ~ Matt Suggs
10. Clementine ~ Matt Suggs
11. Eyes Of A King ~ Matt Suggs
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Matt Suggs (vocals, various instruments); Zach Holland (guitar, organ, background vocals); John Anderson (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Muze PNote Recorded at Sound Of Music, Richmond, Virginia in November 2002.
Muze PNote Personnel: Matt Suggs (vocals, guitar, piano, organ); Dustin Than Kinsey (guitar, piano, organ, background vocals); Zach Holland (guitar, organ, background vocals); Raymond Morin (guitar, background vocals); John Anderson (drums, percussion, background vocals).
Muze PNote Recording information: Sound Of Music, Richmond, VA (11/01/2002-11/05/2002).
Muze PNote Photographers: Jenny Scarton; Raymond Morin; John Anderson .
Muze PNote The second album from former Butterglory leader Matt Suggs, Amigo Row, is no great departure from his first solo venture. For that, fans of intelligent guitar pop can be glad. Suggs still writes songs imbued with a sense of understated melodicism and wit and he has assembled a stellar group to back him. The songs are wrapped in a warm blanket of acoustic guitars, flowing electric guitar melodies, horns, strings, pianos, and percussion that create a nice blend of the dramatic and the organic. His voice is still an uncanny blend of Ray Davies and Al Stewart, and the songs have the classic storytelling feel of the songs of those two as well. Throw in Phil Lynott at his folkiest and perhaps Stephen Malkmus at his most focused and you have a rough idea of the ground Suggs is covering. The only problem is that the album is front-loaded. The first three tracks are so good the rest of the record pales in comparison. The leadoff track, "Father," is a moody post-murder ballad that sets the dramatic tone for the disc, "Darling Hannah" is the best track on the record (sounding like an unholy alliance of the soft rock of Jackson Browne and the Berlin drama of early-'90s Nick Cave), and "Calm Down" is the most energetic song on the album, bouncing along like a classic pub rock singalong, like an Eddie & the Hot Rods tune. How often have you heard that comparison lately? Not that the rest of the album is weak. It is not even close. "New Year" is a wonderfully downcast piano ballad, "Frontier Towne (O Janie") is a midtempo track that features Suggs' most dramatic vocal and a killer chorus with surprising falsetto background vocals, "Clementine" has a rustic feel, sort of like it was recorded at Big Pink. Matt Suggs didn't let the promise exhibited on his first disc slip away; he actually has gotten better, with his songwriting, his singing, and his arranging and production skills all blooming like sweet-smelling roses. How often have you heard that lately? ~ Tim Sendra

Engineer: Brian Paulson

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/18/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : MRG 226
Music Label Name Label : Merge
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00036172952625

Professional Reviews

Uncut (p.110)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "When alone at piano, he's often sublime, while 'New Year' and 'Calm Down' suggest the protracted healing of a shattered heart."

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