Matthew Moon

...More Than I Can Give

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Matthew Moon's first disc has the same summer patio pop feeling of Dave Matthews and Hootie & the Blowfish. Taking turns on lead vocals with Jake Schroeder during the acoustic-based pop title track, Moon gets off on the right foot. "She Alone" consists of a roots rock sound and is one of the early high points on the radio-friendly album. The Beatles vocal delivery doesn't quite blend well with the funky rhythms on "BBQU." The lyrics are also too comical and corny. Down-tempo tracks like "One" create a different mood on the record and seem slightly out of line with the album's general upbeat feeling. Ballads such as "Poster Girl" stand apart from other songs due to Moon's performance in the vein of the Gin Blossoms. Its only drawback is that it tends to drag during the conclusion after repeated lyrics. Another disappointing moment is "People Come People Go," which has the potential to be a great track but gets bogged down in melancholy. A sweet pop song is the credible and toe-tapping "Ordinary God," a tune that doesn't get too preachy considering the song's title. "Fishing for God" has more of a religious slant to it as Moon moves through a gospel-like waltz. "Little Room" could be mistaken for Wide Mouth Mason, as it sounds like a cross between blues and funk. The solo acoustic performance on "No Oil Left to Burn" has Moon's voice soaring over the guitar rather than complementing it. A couple of the tracks are weak lyrically, but overall it's a good first effort.

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