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Album Review

Like vintage U2 jamming with Dishwalla, Matthew Good Band tempers their adult alternative pop sound with a healthy injection of spacy guitar and atmospheric production. The band delivers a respectable batch of songs on Audio of Being, although the hooks are not as memorable as someone might expect from the above comparison. The problem is that even though they have managed to find an effective form of delivering their music, the music still hasn't quite caught up to their ambitions. Tracks like "Tripoli" are atmospheric, well-played songs that are missing that simple hook that it would need to take it to the next level. The songs aren't bad, but they sound much more like bland radio pop than they probably intend to. Occasionally, a Greg Dulli-esque lyrical approach manages to give a song the punch it needs, like on the gorgeous ballad "Advertising on Police Cars." This song also has more of a soulful feel to it, something that also improves the sound on a few other tracks (most notably "The Rat Who Would Be King"). But Audio of Being feels like it's just short of being a great record, and instead is merely a decent release that hopefully points to an absolute barnburner the next time around.

Customer Reviews

OK Now a serious review

This artist is amazing. I was instantly hooked after hearing the track "Weapon" from an episode of Smallville. The Audio of Being was the first album of Good's that i purchased and i was again hooked. He has such a diverse tone in each of his songs, on this album from darker aongs like the amazingly sombre "Advertising on Police Cars" to the upbeat "Anti-Pop" I'm not great at review writing but i've heard in many places that Good is one the most popular artists in Canada these days, and I for one would like to see him import more to the USA. Give him a try!

about time

I have been looking for this album on iTunes and in music stores for over a year and now finally after downloading the album off another site I can get it here legally. thanks for finally releasing what I think is one this man's best collective works.


Get all his music. This guy is just incredible! I have not been excited over any band in years then I found his stuff. tell your friends. I meet him in Chicago this year and he was cool on top.


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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