ARTIST: Matt Pond PA
YEAR RELEASED: 2001
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Are you one to listen to sad chamber pop songs? If not, then probably not.
LINEUP: Matt Pond, Josh Kramer, Sean Byrne, Brian McTear, Jim Hostetter, Rosie McNamara-Jones, Julia Rivers, Justin DeFebbos
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Creator of chamber pop music dials up the minor keys and sadness in his second album.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Matt Pond has a world-weary voice perfectly made for sad songs – and it fits in nicely with the unique instrumentation he uses. It’s a little baroque, and has very good use of cello and violin to accentuate the mood. The production is great and the arrangements are spot on.
Measure is a very confident and mature album for a second record with such an ambitious musical view. What happens, though, is that after a while, it does get a bit repetitive, and you probably wish you could give Pond a cookie or something.
So if you like the sadder side of pop and don’t mind some violins and cellos and other such stuff in your records, check this out.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: As stated above, this is their (his, it’s Matt Pond with a revolving door of musicians for the most part) second album. The first was released in 1998 and is long gone, as it was submitted to CDNow (oh, CDNow, how I remember thee) as an entrant for their unsigned artist competition. It won. But where is it? (Actually, that’s not really a reason to put it on Missing In Action.)
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: I wavered over this one. Yeah, it gets a little same-same toward the end, but when played in spots or shuffled, this is well worth a catalog slot.