Mat Kearney - City Of Black And White
City of Black & White is the new album from Oregon-born singer/songwriter Mat Kearney. The record is Kearney's third full length.
It would be a stretch to say that Kearney breaks new musical ground or pushes sonic boundaries. What he does deliver however, is enjoyable adult pop rock. Yes, it's fairly conventional, but not everything needs to be genre-bending to be worthwhile.
The songs are well-crafted. The lyrics are personal and introspective, yet still manage to convey a sense of hope.
Vocally, Kearney's style is and interesting fusion of Anglo and roots rock. As a result he sometimes sounds like Chris Martin, sometimes like Adam Duritz. More often than not his singing is a hybrid of the best elements of both.
There are several slower songs, such as the title track, on the album. Kearney is at his best though when he verges on power pop. Those are the moments when the big hooks shine through.
City of Black & White isn't going to make anyone forget OK Computer, but it is an enjoyable record that's perfect for those moments when escape is the goal.
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