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Scott Matthews, singer/songwriter from Wolverhampton, England, released a debut album full of bluesy rock songs, ranging from radio-friendly "Passing Stranger" to the Eastern tinged, quiet folk of "Earth to Calm" in April 2006 on his own co-owned label. Matthews recorded the album himself independently, had it mastered by Ray Staff in London, released it, and shortly thereafter Island picked up on it. There is a surreal, dreamlike quality to the album, partly due to Matthews' voice (which is often double-tracked), and partly due to the music that slides in and out of the mix, with little snippets of jams, songs, and strange instruments thrown in between songs (think The Hour of Bewilderbeast, but less pop). The opening lines of "Elusive" bear a resemblance to Jeff Buckley's work on Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk. Matthews, however, has a lot more dirt in his voice than Buckley — he's an earthier, calmer singer. Sometimes he even manages to evoke a Moby Grape-like sound, or the music Eddie Vedder did for the Dead Man Walking soundtrack. The acoustic rhythm tracks Matthews lays down — think Eric Clapton Unplugged — provide a fine backdrop to his singing. All in all, this is a well-crafted album full of good songs, and an impressive debut. [A bonus CD version was also released.] ~ Philip D. Huff, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Absolutely Beautiful...

Scott matthews style is beautifully melodic, his songs just take you to another world! I recomend forking some cash out for Elusive, you won't regret it.


I was mesmerized when I first heard "Elusive" on the radio, but the album was a revelation. Switching effortlessly between the feverishly driven and the haunting, each song inventively arranged and full of intricate musical twists and turns, Passing Stranger is an unexpected banquet. This lushly textured album is a joy to revisit. Definitely a keeper.

A Joy

The most beautiful ablum I've ever listened to - and that's saying a lot. Scott matthews is a Jeff Buckley, Tom Yorke, Joni Mitchell, Cat Stevens of our time. I've had this album in my car cd player for over a year now and never, ever get sick of it.

The instrumentals are extraordinary, the layering rich and deep, this is an extraordinary work of art.


Born: 1976 in Wolverhampton, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Often compared to Jeff Buckley, Scott Matthews is an English singer/songwriter primarily influenced by folk and, to a lesser extent, blues -- though he has also claimed the likes of the Beatles and Led Zeppelin as influences. Signed to Island Records, he released his first album, Passing Stranger, in 2006. The record was warmly supported by several BBC disc jockeys, and the low-key single "Elusive" won an Ivor Novello Award. A good deal of touring followed, including shows alongside the Foo Fighters,...
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