2005 seems like an odd time for this EP to come out. Specifically, it sounds like it's about a decade too late. Matador play an entirely unoriginal brand of post-grunge alt-rock fundamentally similar to the likes of Candlebox, Stone Temple Pilots, and the other now mostly forgotten Soundgarden and Alice in Chains clones that clogged the airwaves in the mid-'90s. These four songs are entirely lacking not only in originality, but other helpful items such as memorable melodies, non-clichéd arrangements, worthwhile lyrics, and a singer who doesn't sound like Eddie Vedder's adenoidal younger brother. All this, plus Evidence of Foul Play is so resoundingly out of style that it makes Matador sound like a bar band who waited ten years to jump a bandwagon that left nine and a half years ago. Truly, there's no good reason for this record to exist.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason