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Album Review

Amiable English singer/songwriter Matt Hales brought his well-crafted, commercially viable adult alternative rock sound over to the United States in 2005 with Strange and Beautiful, a compilation of material from his two U.K. albums that proved as popular overseas as it did in his homeland. A frequent song contributor to popular television shows and films (A Lot Like Love, Gossip Girl, Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill), Aqualung's latest offering falls in the same lush, midtempo camp as Keane and Coldplay, while retaining enough self-effacing humor and warmth to avoid the two aforementioned group's penchant for banal pretense. Nearly all of the material on Words & Music operates in the same theater of midtempo balladry that one would expect from an artist who consistently winds up in films like Wicker Park, but like Rufus Wainwright or Scandinavian crooner Sondre Lerch, there's a lightness to songs like "When I Finally Get My Own Place," "7 Keys," and "Good Goodnight" that keeps the proceedings palatable, even as they're disappearing out of the other ear.

Customer Reviews

so amazing

I first saw aqualung at the basilica block party in MN a few years ago and have been waiting for this new cd. I love that it brings in fresh tunes but keeps the old flow, deff worth getting. It seems perfect for those rainy fall days.


So this album just made my entire night better, which says a lot. Arrivals almost brought me to tears, that's not an exageration. The rest of the album has an upbeat disposition about it. Aqualung proves himself a true musicianary. This album is worth buying.


Am I the only one who feels like this guy reincarnated the Beatles?!? (well most of them anyways Paul is still kicking) ...hence the OMG. Piano, violin and cello remind me of songs like Eleanor Rigby, Sargent Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band and Penny Lane. The effortless heart in the songs is refreshing and gives you a feel of Jack Johnson without the what the hell is he saying part. This guy is amazing his grown up sound reminds you of coffee shops and book stores. Why wouldn't you buy this????


Born: January, 1972 in Southhampton, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Aqualung is the brainchild of British songwriter Matt Hales, who discovered his love of melodic pop music while listening to songs at his parents' Southampton record store. Inspired by the artists he heard, Hales began writing songs on the family piano at the age of four. By the time he turned 16, the young musician had earned a scholarship to Winchester College, where he studied music composition. His classes...
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