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The Lives Inside the Lines In Your Hand

Matt Pond

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Album Review

While The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand is the tenth album for prolific singer/songwriter Matt Pond, it's also his first. Semantically, this release is the first credited simply to the singer's name, where before he'd been going by matt pond PA, that extra suffix suggesting a more collaborative effort coming from Pond and the musicians who made up his band at any given time. While Lives still features a lengthy list of contributors, there seems to be a renewed sense of purpose to this set of Pond's gentle-hearted indie songcraft. Beginning with the fresh-faced "Let Me Live," there's more optimism and sense of excitement to the songs than on previous albums. The production is crystal clear, and the arrangements are restrained without being too subtle. Electronic elements support the bright-eyed pop structures on songs like "Love to Get Used" and more traditional rock instrumentation drives uptempo emotional rockers like "Hole in My Heart" and the stormy title track. Pond's songs here smack with the passion of someone who's recently undergone a transformation, be it the devastation of a heartbreak or a brush with mortality. Instead of self-pitying songs of woe and loss, however, Lives is a collection of hopeful, almost wonderstruck looks at the human condition, delivered with enough tasteful and catchy hooks to make it one of the best albums in an already lengthy career from this seasoned indie troubadour.

Customer Reviews

The Lives Inside

Matt Pond & Chris Hansen's finest record to date. The opening track "Let Me Live" sets up the album perfectly, then each track following keeps pushing forward and moving with tracks like "Love to Get Used" and "Bring Back the Orchestra." Matt broke his leg on his last tour and with the constant use of crutches and a desire to move and dance, he brought an element of movement to this album that was intentional. This is crystal clear with the newer uptempo version of "Hole in my Heart" which may be the album's best track. It's honest, heartbreaking and at the same time freeing. With each album, Matt grows and gives us something new, but is always able to keep his fans happy and always wanting more. I highly recommend this album. An absolute must buy for old fans and new. Enjoy!

This album Lives Inside of Me!

Somewhere, I read a review that this was just a pop album. Oh my, was that reviewer ever wrong. It's a soundtrack to life, it's an instant pick me up without an injection, it's the sound of your heartbeat when loves first kiss happens upon your lips. Is this Matt Pond's finest album to date? I'm not so sure, that's up to each listener to experience and decide. I can say that what it is, is 11 perfectly crafted "pop" songs with more heart and soul than you will ever come across, in any artist. Matt Pond, you've done right by me!


Loved them all on first listen. Lots of energy!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although originally formed as a chamber pop quintet, matt pond PA went through several different lineups throughout its existence, with each incarnation revolving around the talents of singer/songwriter Matt Pond (previously of Mel's Rockpile). Pond formed the group upon relocating from New England to Philadelphia, and he filled out his first lineup with guitarist/bassist Josh Kramer, cellist Jim Hostetter, violinist Rosie McNamara-Jones, and drummer Sean Byrne. The band debuted in 1998 with Deer...
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