A week ago, I had never heard of Matt York. Too bad for me. I am all about music that I can listen do while doing absolutely anything. I want to be able to listen to it while I’m happy, bawling my eyes out, driving to an interview, writing a 24-page paper or while readying myself for a girls’ night out. “Mine” has proven to be one of those CDs.
I have been listening to the CD on repeat for 3 hours now, and I’m fine with that. Nothing has bothered me, and I haven’t skipped a single song. Cool, huh? While it is clear that Matt York does not yet have the stature of Gavin DeGraw, I am not quite sure why. The slight rasp to his voice allows him to sing with natural soul, but it doesn’t hinder him from relaxing and letting his voice go. The perfect example of this can be heard in Those Days, the sixth track on “Mine,” and also my favorite song on the CD. Another great song on the disc is Tomorrow. The use of horns and York’s lyrics give it a jazzy vibe, all while keeping the pop-rock thing alive, almost like a very toned down Blood, Sweat & Tears number.
His music is honest. Matt York doesn’t waste precious disc space with random thoughts about clubs, alcohol, or half-naked women. Because I don’t think that I can do it justice, I will copy a tidbit from his thank you letter to those that bought his CD and have supported him throughout his musical career. It describes what the album means to him, and what he hopes it means to his listeners.
–> “Music has a funny way of grabbing people and helping them relate to their own lives. This album is a testament to the fact that no matter what happens, no matter how far away the things that you used to hold dear have floated, you always have the ability to take them back and make them your own once again. Everything is within reach.”
Honest much? I would say so…and he didn’t even mention anything about liquid courage. York’s music does indeed have a way of relating to peoples’ lives. My advice to you? Head to his MySpace page by clicking here and fall in love with his music. Next, go to iTunes and buy the album.
P.S: While the song Hey Love is not on his newest CD, I definitely recommend that you check it out. It sounds like a fusion of John Mayer and Gavin DeGraw. Enough said.