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4.2 out of 5
131 Ratings
131 Ratings
BicepsMcGee

If you can't enjoy this, I feel sorry for you.

If you want the old Mat, then by all means listen to old Mat. You have plenty of albums to choose from. And this is coming from someone who LOVES old Mat. If you can't enjoy this new sound then that's fine, but I legitemaltey feel sorry for you and you're missing out!

Keep on keeping on Mat! LOVE the new sound!

Avanzander 2.0

A radical departure of sound...and of soul

I have no issue with artists changing up their style. It's expected, and I would say, encouraged. We want our artists to keep things fresh. I support this.

In fact, all of Mat Kearney's previous albums have been a departure from their respective predecessor. For example, "City of Black and White" traded the spoken word/rap of "Nothing Left to Lose" for more up-tempo, sing-along hooks. "Young Love" traded the up-tempo, sing-along hooks for catchy pop-beats. "Just Kids" traded the catchy pop-beats for more introspective, soul-searching hip-hop. All were amazing albums.

"CRAZYTALK" is yet another departure of sound...and, sadly, of soul, too

In terms of SOUND, almost every song has a computer-generated, electronic "chorus". Mat's vocals play second fiddle to strange robotic noises and digital chants. It's cool or one or two songs...on ALL the songs, however, it is just annoying and repetitive. I want to hear Mat sing, not some computer program.

Now, In terms of SOUL: the content of these songs is just stupid. It's shallow, vapid stuff. Consider these lyrics: "I bought 'dem jeans", "All the feels", "You're my queen Like 'Yoncé", "Listenin' to Shawty", "Dolla Dolla Bills Y'all", "Señorita rita rita", "My girl is money money"...the list goes on. On all of Mat's previous albums he sung about deep, challenging, inspiring issues....about stories of struggle and triumph...about things that were relateable. On "CRAZYTALK", he sings about how "them curves oughta have their own runway". He likes his wife. We get it.

I've been a huge Mat Kearney fan since Bullet. This is his first big, massive mistake of an album. Only about 4 songs worth listening to (Better Than I Used to Be, Kings and Queens, Changes, and Wanted Man)...the rest are, at best, forgettable. I hope he stops trying to be someone else and goes back to being Mat Kearney. I want to listen to Mat, not a Chainsmokers wannabe.

ObeyTheRulz

Mat Bieber...

Garbage. Keeps getting worse and worse.

About Mat Kearney

Born in Eugene, Oregon, singer/songwriter Mat Kearney began his musical career 400 miles south at the Chico branch of California State University, where he studied literature and played on the soccer team. After completing his junior year, Kearney went to Nashville with friend/producer Robert Marvin, with the intention of only staying the summer to lay down a few songs. However, after offers for recording deals started coming in, Kearney decided to remain in Tennessee to seriously pursue his songwriting career. Kearney's interesting blend of hip-hop and folk intrigued Inpop Records, which offered him the deal he'd been looking for and released his debut album, Bullet, in 2004.

Kearney departed slightly from his rhymes and concentrated more on guitar work for his follow-up effort, Nothing Left to Lose. Released by Aware/Columbia Records in 2006, the album proved to be fairly popular, with three songs appearing in various episodes of Grey's Anatomy and two songs enjoying successful runs as singles. Kearney returned three years later with City of Black & White, supporting the album's release with a tour alongside Keane and the Helio Sequence. In July 2011, he released Young Love on the Universal label, coinciding with a tour with Owl City. Three years later, Kearney delivered his follow-up, Just Kids. The album saw him working once again with Josh Crosby -- as well as MDL (Justin Bieber, Maroon 5) -- while drawing influence for the album from his time growing up in Eugene. He then joined Needtobreathe on tour, and returned with the singles "Face to Face" and "Better Than I Used to Be" from his 2018 full-length, CRAZYTALK. ~ Marisa Brown

HOMETOWN
Eugene, OR
GENRE
Rock
BORN
December 1, 1978

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