ARTIST: Matt Mays
TITLE: Matt Mays
YEAR RELEASED: 2002
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: City of Lakes
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe if you’re Canadian, eh?
LINEUP: Matt Mays, Tim Baker, Charles Austin, Bob Egan, Dale Murray, Dave Marsh, Benn Ross
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Pleasant alt-country and adult alternative songs from a Canadian artist that really is nothing special – a pedal steel here, a plaintive harmonica there, a sadness in the voice. You know the drill.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It’s OK not to have every album by an artist, or every album in a genre. The solo debut from Canadian Matt Mays is one that most everyone can take or leave.
There’s nothing really wrong with it. It is pleasant, well played and has a couple of decent tunes. “City of Lakes” being one. But most of it sounds plain. The production doesn’t help much either – it’s a bit muffled to my ears.
Mays would become a beloved figure in Canadian music. This album isn’t why.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He originally was in the Canadian band the Guthries before striking out on his own.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B-: Not bad, and if you really really like alt-country you’ll want it. I’m exiling most of it. It’s just plain for the most part.