Matthew Rocks

Matthew Rocks

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If you enjoy solo vocals and acoustic guitar, give a listen to Matthew Rocks' self-titled album. (Interestingly enough, that's the artist's name on his birth certificate, not something he changed to. He's a natural to be a musician.) This is a debut effort, and at only five songs, it is one of the briefer CDs on the market, yet it merits attention even so. Listen to the original lyrics on "MR. NASA" and the lucid sound of the guitar interweaving with them. There's the scientist, always sanguinely looking skyward, while Rocks' everyman protagonist-singer experiences the scruffier side of life and brings him questions. This is one for repeat play, oh yes. While there's certain resemblance of tone between the playing on "MR. NASA" and "Highway Butterfly," there's also enough diversity to keep both presentations distinct, and interesting. Lyrically, it's an introspective tune about the buffetings and perils of life that we sometimes are fortunate enough to miss, despite close brushes. "Hate to Wait" is a fast-paced, driving, even somewhat cacophonic arrangement that fits the song's theme. "What If" has a more sultry flavor, evocative and breathy, intermingling with flute. It has a questioning theme, as does "Divine Song," and that is a commonality for this collection; an expression of a man's views when he is youthful and questing. Overall, Rocks gives us a quick taste of his talent, enough to leave listeners hoping that he will release a follow-up album with more.