13 Songs, 49 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings
17 Ratings
Girlonarock ,

This man spreads love

Amazing beautiful pure truth. In his music, his voice and his words.
This is joy on a stick!!
Summer soundtrack.

mrpunch ,

Pure Roots

Smooth and laid back album. Nice to see Mat go back to the roots beach bum rock. A must have for any Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Lance Sitton fans.

BrianSwaldi ,

Exactly my kind of music!

My streaming service suggested this album b/c of the other stuff I'd been listening to. The album cover looked nice and laid back and it said it was related to Jack Johnson, so I checked it out. My doors were blown off to say the least. I immediately noticed a similarity to lead singer of The Beautiful Girls and was filled with shock and happy surprise when i realized that Mat McHugh IS the lead singer of TBG. For years I had been wondering what happened to TBG. The last album I'd heard from them seemed very weak and uncharacteristic of the summery band that I loved and then I hadn't heard anything more from them. I had no idea Mat had come out with a solo project. I also later found Separatista as well - which is good, but nowhere near as good as this album.

This is exactly my kind of music! It's surf rock at its very finest. There's even some excellent folk vibeage going on too. It's summery, breezy, and the perfect companion to a summer beach vacation. It's mellow and not too rappy like McHugh can sometimes lean.

This is pretty much a perfect album. There's not a weak track on here. Honestly, it's much better than even the strongest TBG album. The lyrics and vocals are solid. In fact, Mat's vocals have never been stronger. And the main messages imparted by the lyrics are really important to pay attention to.

He reminds me of a male Hayley Sales and, obviously, there's a heavy Jack Johnson sound going on with every track. He sounds exactly like him on some songs and comes off as good as Jack himself. And really, is that such a bad thing? That's about as high praise as I can give. The song Brand New Broken Heart sounds almost like a carbon copy of Horizon Has Been Defeated.

The stats on this album are extremely solid. Near pefect marks, actually. There's six 5 star songs, five 4 star songs, and just two 3 star songs. No throwaways. The songs mostly fall in the weak 5 star to strong 4 star range. It's no surprise that, as with every album, there's more 4 star songs and both 3 star songs towards the end of the album. Almost every album weakens towards the end.

This is surf rock perfection. There's not enough of this kind of music out there. I'm hoping eagerly to hear more stuff like this from Mat - or even some more folk tunes.

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