13 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Self-described curmudgeon Matthew Good writes lyrics that don't let anybody off the hook: In "Indestructible," a dead lover returns to scold his ex for wasting her life; on "Everything Is Automatic," he ridicules the very idea of contentment. Yet both songs sound like liberating rock anthems, thanks largely to Dave Genn's soaring lead guitar. At times, this album cops some of Pearl Jam's intensity, but the epic and largely acoustic finale, "Change of Season," proves Good's his own man.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Self-described curmudgeon Matthew Good writes lyrics that don't let anybody off the hook: In "Indestructible," a dead lover returns to scold his ex for wasting her life; on "Everything Is Automatic," he ridicules the very idea of contentment. Yet both songs sound like liberating rock anthems, thanks largely to Dave Genn's soaring lead guitar. At times, this album cops some of Pearl Jam's intensity, but the epic and largely acoustic finale, "Change of Season," proves Good's his own man.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings

Very good album, stepping stone to great album

DC_Ctown

This album produced multiple singles that I found myself listening to over and over on the Web stream of CFNY (Toronto) in 1997/98, since this album was never released in the U.S. (and, sadly, there was no iTunes back in '97). While MGB never really gained a following in the U.S. beyond border-town kids like me, this album holds up well ten years on. It includes themes Good would revisit on future MGB albums and his solo efforts, especially his obvious disdain for suburban conformity, which runs deep throughout this album. The production values are a vast improvement over earlier MGB efforts Raygun and Last of the Ghetto Astronauts, and the growth of the band, which would truly reach its apex on Beautiful Midnight, is noticeable, both in the compositions and the performances. Plus, any artist who manages to namecheck Yukon Cornelius in a song plainly has talent.

The Basics: Apparitions, Everything is Automatic
Next Steps: Deep Six, Rico
Deep Cuts: Change of Season, Invasion

Ahh... memories.

MercuryMcQueen

The first time I ever heard of the Matthew Good Band was when this album was released. I immediately invaded Canada to buy it because I couldn't get the song "Indestructible" out of my head. Then "Apparitions" sold me and stole my soul. I then knew that MGB was one of the most unique talents ever. Living on the border has given my life many great gifts: hockey, snow, Niagara Falls and Canadian rock. Great Album! Matthew Goods music is similar to having a movie soundtrack to your life. He's that good.

A classic

AwesomoTucker

The first time I saw the video for Apparitions, I was hooked to MGB. For anyone who's followed Matt Good's career, this is one of his defining moments. The whole album is great, all the way from Deep Six to Change of Season. Notable tracks are Everything is Automatic, Apparitions, Indestructible and Prime Time Deliverance.

About Matthew Good Band

One of Canada’s leading alternative rock bands of the 90s, the Matthew Good Band was based around the central figure of singer-songwriter Matthew Good (b. 29 June 1971, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada). He started his music career as part of an acoustic folk outfit touring the Canadian circuit. This line-up recorded a five-song demo before Good returned to Vancouver and formed a rock band with Geoff Lloyd (bass) and Charlie Quintana (drums). The latter was soon replaced by Ian Browne (b. 12 November 1973, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada), and Dave Genn (b. 2 March 1969, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada) was added on guitar and keyboards. The new line-up of the Matthew Good Band recorded and independently released 1995’s Last Of The Ghetto Astronauts. The album gained airplay on local alternative stations and eventually sold in excess of 20, 000 copies, leading to a recording contract with the US label Private Music. The band recorded the Raygun EP for the label, but owing to record company machinations were released from their contract. They recorded their second album, Underdogs, independently at Greenhouse Studios in Burnaby, British Columbia. A distribution contract with A&M Records and extensive radio play of the singles ‘Everything Is Automatic’ and ‘Apparitions’ confirmed the band’s popularity, however, and the album went on to achieve platinum sales. In 1998, Rich Priske (b. 29 August 1969) replaced Lloyd on bass. The band’s third collection, Beautiful Midnight, was released by Universal Records the following September, and swiftly topped the Canadian charts. The creation of The Audio Of Being was a fraught affair, with Genn leaving during the recording and Good undergoing difficult throat surgery. Following the album’s release Good pulled the plug on the band and embarked on a career as a solo artist. He made his debut in 2003 with the album Avalanche.

HOMETOWN
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
GENRE
Rock
BORN
June 29, 1971

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