Scot Mathews

The Great Un­told

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The great trick of Scott Matthew’s sixth al­bum is to seem both ex­pan­sive and in­ven­tive, yet in­ti­mate and ex­pertly crafted. The plugged and picked elec­tric of Law­lessstars po­si­tions the Wolver­hamp­ton song­smith some­where be­tween Bon Iver and Buck­leys Tim and Jeff – the lat­ter re­called in Matthews’ stun­ning, as­sured vi­brato – be­fore mor­ph­ing into a con­struc­tion of slide-lilted tran­quil­ity. Si­lence echoes Dy­lan’s Lay­la­dy­lay in its bleary-eyed com­fort and qui­etude. Cin­na­mon, mean­while, cap­tures some­thing of the crisp in­tri­cacy of fel­low Novello award­win­ners, The Leisure So­ci­ety. All told, a some­what pen­sive treat.

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