Matt Pond PA – Last Light

by That Guy on January 14, 2008

Matt Pond PA

I recently purchased Matt Pond PA’s newest album, Last Light, and it’s pretty good. I really enjoyed many of the tracks off of Several Arrows Later and Emblems, but to be honest, I’m having trouble getting into Last Light. It’s definitely not a bad album. In fact, it’s rock solid. I’m sure there are tons of people out there that love it. For me it just won’t take.

It’s difficult for me to place why, but it could be that I don’t walk away from the album feeling anything. Last Light makes me feel like I just ate at Subway – unfulfilled. Like I just spent $7 on a 46 calorie sub with 1 slice of turkey on it, some Baked Lays that taste like drywall, and a Coke that didn’t get filled all the way to the top because it was too foamy. And they only put one measly napkin in the bag.

Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely some highlights on Last Light and, overall, you can’t go wrong with buying it. I enjoy “First Light”, “Locate the Pieces”, “People Have a Way”, “Taught to Look Away”, and “Sunlight”. It’s a slight departure from some of his older stuff, with more electric guitars and a more straightforward delivery. Again – a solid album, but it probably won’t knock your socks off.

I thought it was interesting the band offers two versions of the catchy song on the album, “Sunlight” – a clean version and the standard version with cursing. The clean version mutes the repetitive f-bomb he drops in the chorus. I don’t know if they muted the f-bomb because they had the audacity to think the song might get played on the radio, or if they thought little kids might be downloading their music. Either way, let’s not carried away here. Last time I checked you’re Matt Pond PA, not Snoop Dogg.

One more thing about “Sunlight” – it sounds eerily like “Ooh La La” by Rod Stewart. I’m irate with myself for thinking that, but even more cross at Matt Pond for forcing me to bring it to light. I dare you to listen to both songs. The resemblance is alarming. (P.S. – I’ve finally reached my HearYa quota on Rod Stewart references.)

I’m really hoping I “pull a Woody” (that came out wrong) and regret my conclusion about this album, similar to what Woody had to say about ’07’s Kings of Leon album. Only Time will tell.

Matt Pond PA on MySpace

Matt Pond PA – Sunlight Video

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Alyssa January 14, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I think this album is a lot better when you read the lyrics while its playing. Especially Giving It All Away. The words are so good, it really adds a lot to have them in front of you, even more than on other matt pond PA albums.

-A

pete January 15, 2008 at 9:15 am

i’m gonna have to agree with alyssa here…the words make the songs more powerful…and i really liked taught to look away as well as foreign bedrooms and basement parties…and i’d like to think that this just proves that mpPA is moving forward in their career with songwriting…because this album is definately a progression forward in that aspect 🙂

rob p. January 16, 2008 at 3:38 pm

i really liked Last Light too, but being a newer mppa fan, i’m always going to be partial to what got me into the group first, you know? i thought the album was well put together and to be honest, i havent taken it out of my cd changer since i put it in there. my favorite song would have to be crush.

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