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Album Review

Underdogs didn't gain the success of 1999's Beautiful Midnight album for Canada's Matthew Good Band, but it did meet it's intentions. Underdog's proved that the band was one to be reckoned with, adding grinding, staticky guitar riffs to rutted vocals on the rockier pieces and fluent but perceptive lyrics to the ballads. Good struts his song writing prowess on the haunting "Apparitions" and on the appealingly cryptic "Indestructible," which both received ample airplay upon the album's release. On both of these tracks, the band can be heard coming together under the guidance of Matt Good's lyrics-come-first rule of rock music, which in turn elevates the songs above the average radio norm. Astute and penetratingly subtle, the Matthew Good Band have easily improved since The Last of the Ghetto Astronauts album with one of Underdogs' most socially critical tracks entitled "Everything Is Automatic," which stands out amongst the rest of the album, highlighted by the alternative tenaciousness in it's pace and a mature outlet for Good's cynicism in it's lyrics. Best of all, this album carries a wonderful unprocessed, underdeveloped feel throughout its songs despite its minor prominence and achievements of casting some light on the band. It's relevance is doubly-faceted as an entertaining listen as well as the all-important stepping stone which led to the highly accomplished Beautiful Midnight album.

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Very good album, stepping stone to great album

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.

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

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.


Born: June 29, 1971 in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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