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A solid album; rivals the greats

In his newest album, "Goodbye Planet Earth", singer/instrumentalist/songwriter Matthew Ebel has crafted what may be his magnum opus - his greatest work. The album is varied in its musical exploration, incorporating dynamic dance styles (A Cautionary Tail), modernist instrumental tunes (Gray Planet), a capella (Lost My Way), and classic Ebel piano-rock (Goodbye Planet Earth, Every Color). With all the available listening options, "Goodbye Planet Earth" will never bore you, and as you jump around the album you will quickly find your favorite track. At the same time though, Ebel accomplishes something far more impressive: the songs, though catchy and great in isolation, are even more strong when listened to as a cohesive album. Transitions are smooth and logical, and where they might not make sense, Ebel has carefully inserted instrumental tracks. There are reprises, melody replications (where they makes sense), and the layout of the tracks was undoubtedly intentional. This album is no musical pastiche, it is a well-defined, expertly conducted overture with Ebel as maestro. Matthew Ebel proved he could write catchy tunes with his previous album, "Beer and Coffee", but "Goodbye Planet Earth" proves his ability to assemble an album - a skill reminiscent of the rock greats who preceded him; Brian Wilson, The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd. It is not hard to imagine this album crossing into the mainstream and one can only hope that Mr. Ebel is rewarded thus. He certainly deserves it - "Goodbye Planet Earth" presents a listening experience unlike any album released in 2007; it is equal parts emotional, exotic, ephemeral, and engaging. Matthew Ebel has set the bar high for podsafe and independent music.

Another master work - buy it!

Mash up an intergalactic space opera with pop and rock, and you get Goodbye Planet Earth. Imagine Ben Folds and Wil Wheaton collaborating on an album and you get where this could take you. I've owned it since PodCamp Boston and have never actually removed it from my CD player since. Top recommended track: I Will Wait For You. This track is something special. The whole album is good, but this is the finishing touch that makes it all worth it.

This is What an Album is Supposed to Sound Like!

I've been a Matthew Ebel fan for awhile. As such I of course expected this album to be incredibly awesome, but it has well surpassed all my expectations! This is quite easily now one of my all time favorite albums. Right up there with The White Album, Dark Side of The Moon, and Bat Out of Hell.

Goodbye Planet Earth, Matthew Ebel
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop
  • Released: Dec 11, 2007

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