A Band In Hope review by Matches

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  • Released: Mar 18, 2008
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (17 votes)
Matches: A Band In Hope

Sound — 10
The Matches have always been ridiculed for being a pop-punk band in a scene where emotional lyrics and storytelling have been the normal way of things. But no one can claim that they are like anything else, in more ways than one. The effects that are used range from a pop whistle to waves crashing. The actual songs range from sounding like a new wave alternative to a '30s jazz band playing a classic song. You'll find yourself sometimes shocked by how much of a drastic change occurs.

Lyrics — 8
There is almost no bands, none, who can take a song and use only a few lines of lyrics and still make the song work. The song, We are One, has two lines for the entire song, but you find yourself so entranced that you don't notice that little fact. The singer, Shawn Harris, uses his unbeilevable vocal variety to entrance you into just falling in love withe entire CD. As usual the lyrics are strange, sometimes with meaning, other times just for fun, then in a new twist some songs are put in like a musical, two characters conversing with oen another.

Overall Impression — 9
In the end, they're still an alternative band, but this CD may just be new and fresh enough to give them the push into the mainstream music scene and onto bigger and hopefully better things. This is the their third album, and other artists would normally wait this long to acutally do something different, The Matches have done three times, each with substantail succes, trust me, you'll be seeing a lot more of them in the years to come.

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    i only gave it a few listens and i was kinda bored =/ hopefully it will grow on me.
    This album is amazing. It reflects the Matches' superior songcraft (the melodies and harmonic structure, as well as song structure, are far above the norm for alt rock) and vivid imaginations, and has such an amazing diversity it could be compared to classics like The Beatles "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper" or Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust. seriously!
    Fantastic album and band! I got it the day it came out and am seeing them for the fourh time on Wednesday!
    Good review up top even though it was so long it made me dizzy, and Darkness Rising is sung by Jon while Shawn does piano, nice try though. Easily one of the best albums of the year