Matt Woosey

Wildest Dream s

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Ro­bar Mu­sic Records

Matt has man­aged to keep up a re­mark­able con­sis­tency of al­bum re­leases - this is his sev­enth since 2008! His mix of acous­tic gui­tar and vo­cals may cause him to be put into the usual singer-song­writer bag, but that would be un­fair as he has so much more to of­fer than the majority of per­form­ers in the genre. Es­sen­tially this is a blues set but it’s got so much en­ergy and de­liv­ery and the songs are great too. There’s a good vari­a­tion of styles; for in­stance the ti­tle track is set at a slower pace but with a steady and dra­matic drum beat through­out, which im­me­di­ately catches the at­ten­tion; and there’s the soft and sul­try Nowhere Is Home, which is pos­i­tively de­light­ful. When talk­ing about Matt’s gui­tar play­ing names like Jimmy Page, Lind­sey Buck­ing­ham and John Mar­tyn are of­ten men­tioned, and in­deed there are el­e­ments of th­ese play­ers’ acous­tic at­tributes on show, but Matt is very much his own man. He’s also a gui­tarist for to­day; orig­i­nal and dy­namic rather than some­one re­gur­gi­tat­ing the past.

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