Voices review by Matchbook Romance

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  • Released: Feb 14, 2006
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.3 (17 votes)
Matchbook Romance: Voices

Sound — 10
Where to begin with the sound? A lot darker, that's easy though. So dark that it is easy to "feel" how much of them was put into it. With all the diminised chords, minored, and augmented chords, anybody wanting something other than power and major chords has found their home. Slightly innovated in the sense that not too many bands can pull off the dark creepy sound but have lyrics that are dark at all.

Lyrics — 10
Lyrically it's very poetic. Simply put it's straight from the heart and to say any less would be border line blasphemy. Oddly enough, though the lyrics aren't necessarly dark or creepy, the fit perfectly with the music. The lead singer Andrew Jordan's voice is well-above average. It's different when you first hear it but it soon sticks to you making it perfectly clear that this voice was made for this music.

Overall Impression — 10
After hearing many of my favorite artists' third CD release (Taking Back Sunday - Louder Now, Hoobastank - Every Man For Himself, etc), it's quite plain to see that Matchbook Romance hasn't run out of ideas. While most bands tend to "sell-out" after they make a major label CD (Taking Back Sunday in particular), Matchbook Romance has renovated their sound for the better. Best song on the CD? That's a hard question. Ultimately Say It Like You Mean It comes at the top of the list. But there is not one song on the CD that you wouldn't want to hit repeat and listen to over and over. The only complaint I have about the CD is the art work on inside doesn't seem to go well with the music. But that doesn't matter. Definitely worth buying or illegally downloading. But preferably buying.

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    The only song i liked was monsters, anyways this is not my kind of music i don't like emo, i'm a death metal guy.
    it definitely DOES NOT stick to their roots taking back sunday hasnt sold out. theyve always been popular. best song-surrender. i agree, much more technical album.
    I bought this album day it came out and didn't know any song,so it was kind of a blind investiment.Still,I fell in love with this kind of music: Emo with a heavy and dark side.My fav songs are: "I Wish You Were Here"(there are a lot of songs with this title,but this is by far my fav one.Simple,beautiful,heartfel t and sad),"Say It Like You Mean It"(I can't get tired of this one,love the singing and the whole background of the song.Very touching lyrics too),"Goody,Like Two Shoes"(Great guitar work and drumming.Love the lyrics too) and "Singing Bridges(We All Fall)"(At first,I didn't like this song,but after a few listens it really grew on me.Very depressing,but great).