ARTIST: Matt Pond PA
TITLE: The Green Fury
YEAR RELEASED: 2002
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: None none
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No, sir. None either.
LINEUP: Matt Pond, Steven Gunn, Jim Hostetter, Jim Kehoe, Mike Kennedy. Josh Kramer, Brian McTear, Eve Miller, Matt Raisch
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Baroque / classical pop artist releases second album of sneakily hummable and inventive chamber pop tunes .
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sometimes an artist will use strings and classical-type arrangements to make a grandiose and pretentious statement. This isn’t one of those records. This does have a few of those moments, but most of the record is reflective and tasteful.
Matt Pond and his band roll through an album that’s somewhat a cycle about neighborhoods and yards and suburbs, and using vocals, arrangements, and pop sensibilities it slowly reveals itself to be memorable, if not melodious.
Some of the tracks seem more experimental in nature, and they don’t always work (“Crickets” for one). Still, it’s an admirable album by an ambitious leader and his band.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Pond took on a job writing music for the Oxygen Network around this time.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: A good record to chill to, or be immersed in.