Well, it’s always better late than never and although I’m a somewhat tardy arrival to this particular party, this album has been on repeat ever since I received it.
You may know British singer and guitar player Matt Mitchell’s name from the ashes of bands such as Pride, Furyon and Colour of Noise; this solo project is the latest weapon in Matt’s armory to continue a steady trajectory to the rock and roll hall of fame. Due out at the end of this month, the eponymously titled debut has had an army of support from the likes of Planet Rock, who took ‘Black Diamonds‘ to their hearts for their ‘A’ playlist on heavy rotation.
That song is the first of twelve on the album and it started off with a sexy little lick, a strong, rhythmic beat and some cowbell; couple that with some sweet, gravelly vocals and a bluesy, classic rock feel and you have a winning formula for a banging track.
Third track, ‘On and On’, felt a little bit more pop rock to me than other tracks on the album, but I liked the easy flow to the song and the vocal harmonies deployed on the chorus. In fact, quite a few of the tracks on the album were more pop rock/indie than bluesy rock; not usually my sort of genre, really, but I liked Matt’s unpretentious vocals and dare I say it, the easy listening quality. The vocals are interesting, the melodies are striking and it has that sort of quality to it that, when you’re listening, you feel like you’re part of something bigger, that you could go anywhere and do anything you want to – that’s hard to explain, but certain songs and albums have that effect on me.
Tracks such as ‘Unavailable‘ and ‘Do You Wanna Be My God‘ had a compelling, bouncy time signature to them and the big choruses will have you up and dancing around. Equally, the more chilled out tracks were uplifting, such as the laid back ‘Old Enough and Ugly Enough’ and ‘Keep Me Safe’.
This is the sort of album that you can put on to get ready to go out, or to end a great night out, or to have a chilled out night at home. It’s versatile, professional and a bit of a triumph. The production is spot on, as you would expect, being recorded at Rockfield’s Quadrangle Studio with Nick Brine (Stereophonics, The Darkness and Thunder) at the helm. Matt writes songs about everyday life and sometimes, “Just for the love of rock and roll.” I can’t argue with that.
I really enjoyed listening to this album; it’s a great debut and I would thoroughly recommend that you give it a go. Let me know what you think!
You can catch Matt Mitchell and the Coldhearts live: –
- May 11 – Corporation, Sheffield – supporting Cats In Space
- May 24 – O2 Academy, Islington – supporting Hollowstar
- May 31 – Star and Garter, Manchester – supporting Hollowstar
- June 3 – Cambridge Junction – supporting Hollowstar
- December 6 – Trecco Bay, Wales – Planet Rockstock
Track listing: –
1. Black Diamonds
3. On & On
4. Dare You To Watch
5. Kings & Queens
7. Do You Wanna Be My God
8. Old Enough & Ugly Enough
9. Wave Goodbye
10. Everything To You
11. Keep Me Safe
12. Waiting For The Sun
Released on 31 May via MMRecording Works – you can pre-order the album and merch here
Matt Mitchell and The Coldhearts: –
- Matt Mitchell – vocals and guitars
- Mauro Laconi – guitars
- Dom Ladd – bass
- Matt Cherry – drums
- Stevie Watts – keys
- Queen of Rock rating – 8.5 / 10
- Stand out tracks – Black Diamonds; Dare You To Watch; Kings and Queens; Keep Me Safe
- Official Website: http://www.mattmitchellmusic.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mmitchellmusic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/mmitchellonline
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mmitchellmusic/
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