RELEASE
September 23, 2003
LABEL
Epitaph
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop, Post-Hardcore, Alternative/Indie Rock, Emo

Album Review

In an assertive full-length debut, Matchbook Romance deals out a strong hand and plays it well. The winning cards include expressive lyrics delivered most of the time by twin lead vocals, songs powered by a combination of sharp hooks and dramatic changes in dynamics, and a multi-layered production in which Brett Gurewitz allows plenty of room for the sound to chime, buzz, and roar over Aaron Stern's thundering drums. (Stern especially loves doing double bass drum fills, which sound the way a Muhammad Ali combination must have once felt.) They build their choruses and other peak moments around massive blasts of guitar anchored by basslines on the root of each chord for maximum impact. At the same time, they don't skimp on the details; guest keyboardist David Palmer's unobtrusive bleeps and gurgles bring some variety to the otherwise monochromatic timbre, especially in quiet interludes or long final chords. With this sort of intensity and bravura, Matchbook Romance sets a high standard for itself and shows every sign of meeting it on future releases. (Beware, however, the noodling and noise that flare up after more than 70 tracks of silence. Even without this tired gag, there's more than enough to chew on throughout the CD's 12 real cuts.)
Robert L. Doerschuk, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Introductionhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120585&id=272120573
  2. Your Stories, My Alibishttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120593&id=272120573
  3. Playing for Keepshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120594&id=272120573
  4. Promisehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120596&id=272120573
  5. Lovers & Liarshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120608&id=272120573
  6. Tiger Lilyhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120609&id=272120573
  7. Shadows Like Statueshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120610&id=272120573
  8. My Eyes Burnhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120612&id=272120573
  9. She'll Never Understandhttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120616&id=272120573
  10. If All Else Failshttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120617&id=272120573
  11. Stay Tonighthttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120618&id=272120573
  12. The Greatest Fall of All Timehttp://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?i=272120620&id=272120573
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