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Matt Scheuber
Old Men Are Young Again
(self-released)
www.mattscheuber.com


Matt Scheuber has released an indie-pop gem with Old Men Are Young Again. Maneuvering nimbly between acoustic and electric instrumentation helps Scheuber split the difference between a bedroom record sound and fully fleshed out arrangements, and Scheuber fits neatly in this pocket. Scheuber's most sincere vocals have the cracked-voice style of J. Mascis, making the tracks just a bit more poignant and pleasing.

Near the middle of the album, "Chocolate Eye"s bucks the stylistic trend with its Kinks-y speak-sing delivery. It was a pleasant diversion to be reminded of the Davies brothers in the middle of Old Men Are Young Again. From that point on, it's back to the acoustic/electric style of the rest of the album, but now I hear that Kinks sound in every track (mind you, subtly) and suddenly what to this point has been simply a good record becomes a truly enjoyable listen.

-George Dow

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