The Matches - Decomposer
- Artist: The Matches
- Album: Decomposer
- Label: Epitaph
- Year of Release: 2006
- ME Rating:
- Reviewed by: write_jason on 2006-12-24
2006 marked the release of The Matches follow up record Decomposer. Released on Epitaph Records this was the groups first major label release. Choosing to abandon the successful formula of their first record the band made a b-line for experimentation and did something wholly new and completely fresh.
Upon writing their new material the group decided to stray from the one producer/one studio formula and instead sought out as many capable producers as possible. Refined and recorded by nine different producers (ranging from Tim Armstrong to Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 fame) Decomposer manages to encompass several different genres while still staying cohesive. This is not an easy feat and most bands that attempt such a broad stroke fail handily.
Opening with chamber rock inspired "Salty Eyes" Decomposer never lets you look back. Moving from track to track each brings their own flavor and personality. Ranging from heavy and frantic "Lazier than Furniture" to heart pulling and anthemic "The Barbers Unhappiness" the California natives prove that music still can have heart and integrity. While I may appear to be completely sold on the album you have to realize that not everyone will be. The Matches are hyper in a way that only a select will be able to cage and enjoy. From one pair of eyes you might see a masterful album but from another you might see a sloppy mess. The only true way to find out is by taking a listen for yourself. I can promise you that this group has earned that much.
- Lazier than Furniture
- Salty Eyes
- The Barbers Unhappiness
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on 2007-01-29 dscanland Said:
Decomposer is a great album. It's got that pop feel that should make it very accessible. If they get into the right hands I think that they should be very successful with this album. With the diverse nature, each song very independent of each other, there is something for everyone.
on 2007-01-05 Symphony Said:
The nine different producers really affected this albums. I'm not sure whether to say it's negative or positive. I like it alot, it's very unique and very poppy, it's alot different from old Matches and old fans may be turned off.
on 2006-12-25 hstisgod Said:
Very nice review Randall... though the element of surprise is missing. I tell ya.. I love this fuggin site, I listened to these guys while reading and I gotta say I liked their sound. Id like to hear more before I play judgement... yea their a bit poppy. Almost like OK Go with intergrity lmao!!!!
(no I had never heard em before, Thanks Music Emissions.com cheeeesey television smile :D)
its actually a 6.5 on the first song and review outlook. This review however earns it the full ten.