Some Mad Hope (2007)
|Artist: Matt Nathanson|
|Matt Nathanson doesn't waste any time setting the tone for his transfixing new album, Some Mad Hope. Diving headlong into a sea of chiming guitars, the San Francisco-based singer-songwriter breathlessly declares "I'm wide awake and so alive" -- the opening lines of "Car Crash" serving as a statement of emotional clarity that permeates the disc's every groove.|
Some Mad Hope, Nathanson's sixth studio album (and first for Vanguard), is in many ways his most fully realized work to date. Recorded over the past two and a half years, the 12-song set displays a sonic depth that dovetails perfectly with what he admits is a newfound songwriting confidence.
"Every time I make a record, I think 'this is it!'" Nathanson says with a laugh. "But I don't think I really understood how to make a record until this one. The process and the result had much more of a dynamic to it -- we weren't just presenting songs -- it felt like the longest childbirth in the history of childbirths, but by the end, we really got it."
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Matt Nathanson (acoustic guitar); Michael Chavez (guitar); Mark Weinberg, Aaron Tap (electric guitar); Ben West (keyboards); John Thomasson (electric bass); Jason McGerr, Jason McKenzie (drums); Jim McGroman, Marshall Altman, Suzie McNeil (background vocals).|
Producer: Mark Weinberg; Marshall Altman
Engineer: Doug Tyo; Mike Laza; Brian Scheuble; Karl Egsieker; Marcus Samperio; Ryan Williams; Eric Robinson
Aimee Mann | Ben Harper | Bob Dylan | Bon Jovi | Counting Crows | Dave Matthews Band | Duncan Sheik | Five for Fighting | Goo Goo Dolls | Harry Chapin | James Taylor (Soft Rock) | Michael Penn | The Verve | Third Eye Blind | Toad the Wet Sprocket (Modern Rock) | Tracy Chapman
Anna Nalick | Ari Hest | Ben Folds | Butch Walker | Citizen Cope | Crosby Loggins | David Gray | Ernie Halter | Foy Vance | Freedy Johnston | Guillemots | Howie Day | James Morrison (Rock) | Jason Mraz | Joe Henry | John Mayer (Adult Alternative) | Joseph Arthur | Josh Hoge | Josh Kelley | Josh Ritter | Kathleen Edwards | Mat Kearney | Matt Hires | O.A.R. | Phillip Phillips | Ray LaMontagne | Ron Sexsmith (Singer/Songwriter) | The Fray | Will Hoge
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|Release Date : 08/13/2007|
|Original Release Date : 2007|
|Catalog ID : VCD 79827|
|Label : Vanguard|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00015707982726|
- "Nathanson is a skillful lyricist with a keen ear for melody, which saves even the most heartbreaking tunes from disappearing under their own weight."
At the core of Nathanson's music are his lyrics -- deft turns of phrase that can alternately cut deep into the heart or heal it. That's evident throughout Some Mad Hope, a song cycle of sorts that chronicles the search for a genuine connection, touching on the sensually electric moments as well as the darker frustrations of sifting through the wreckage -- in hopes of finding redemption at the end of the day.
"I definitely think of the album as capturing the arc of a relationship," says the Boston native. "It starts out on a positive note and it goes to some really dark places. But after touching bottom, there's a sense of optimism in the end. Maybe coming from a realization that two people can be a team, not just two individuals who happen to be together."
From the gentle string washes that lap the edges of "Heartbreak World" (a song that balances wistful backward glances with gingerly-held hope of better things to come) to the insistent rhythmic pulse that drives the wind-at-the-back anthem "Detroit Waves," Nathanson demonstrates a mesmerizing attention to detail. Each of Some Mad Hope's dozen songs exudes a distinct personality -- a dynamic that can't help but draw the listener in.
"In a lot of ways, the album is about learning what a relationship really can be," he says. "Some people deal with that when they're 20, some people deal with it in their thirties and some people never do -- writing and recording these songs genuinely left me with the feeling that, 'wow, this is a real step forward for me, both as an artist and as a person.'"