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MATTHEW ROBB —SPIRIT IN THE FORM (Wabisabi Music)

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Wordy UK-born singer-songwriter Matthew Robb (based in Cologne, Germany) has a huge passion for old time country blues. His finger picked acoustic guitar and well-crafted story ballads have seen him travel, extensively across Europe, and gather many an idea for watertight songs.

 

Recorded at Wabisabi Records in Germany, Robb has James Bragg (electric guitar, vocals, harmonica) and Dave Murrell (bass) plus a number of guests, among whom you have Lance Harrison (slide guitar) and Martin Sasse (piano) aid his songs. Robb’s music varies from the gentle wistful ballads, some more captivating than others to the likes of pulsating tune, “Sinnerman”.   

 

Though it takes him a little while before he proves his (full) worth. Due to some of the slower ballads on first hearing seemed to lack a strong enough melody to elevate his vocals, to a level preferred however, like a good many others worth their salt his music grows on you! 

 

One of Robb’s great strengths is his ability to keep it simple, and not be tempted to over indulge, and keep it within boundaries suited to his passion. 

 

“Sinnerman” has him hit the jackpot, this as his style eases, dramatic fashion into a world akin to something JJ Cale might have done. Such is the song’s relentless, full-bodied rhythm. So excellent is the song a lesser man would have struggled after such a piece (live up to it). But Robb on returning to the art of crafting a song that relies on the beauty of the lyrics and understated melody “River” has all the ingredients. “Until Then” has a different questioning feel. A brave effort as Robb gambles big time. For here he delves into the mystic of redemption with him searching for truth. “Where Did U Go My Friend” enjoys hints of folk troubadours of old, nice enough (hints of Dylan in the songwriting style?) without it pulling up any trees.

 

Better, considerably, you have the pretty melodic ramble “Lonesome Burden”. So sweet the guitar work, and with his voice possessing characteristics of a traveller from a Woody Guthrie story, or someone from a John Steinbeck novel there’s a rare beauty within. On conclusion of the track I was compelled to press replay! 

 

                                                            Maurice Hope 

 

 

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1
Rod Picott
70 pts.
Out Past The Wires
Welding Rod Music
GC,AN,LM,SZ,TK
2
JW Roy & The Royal Family
62 pts.
A Room Full Of Strangers
Royal Family Records
EM,PJ,DH
3
Steph Cameron
61 pts.
Daybreak over Jackson Street
Pheromona
ML
4
JD McPherson
54 pts.
Undivided Heart & Soul
New West
AR,RK,LK
5
Sarah Morris
53 pts.
Hearts In Need Of Repair
Independent
 
6
Turnpike Troubadours
52 pts.
Long Away From Your Heart
Bossier City Records
MA,GF
7
Chris Hillman
51 pts.
Bidin' My Time
Rounder
 
8
Hayward Williams
39 pts.
Pretenders
Why River Records
KG,JB,JBO
9
Joe Henry
38 pts.
Thrum
Ear Music
 
10
Jim White
37 pts.
Waffles, Triangles & Jesus
Loose Music
JJ
12
Margo Price
35 pts.
All American Made
Third Man Records
 
11
Mark Martyre
35 pts.
Rivers
Independent
MF
13
Mavis Staples
32 pts.
If All I Was Was Black
Anti
HO
 
Peter Oren
32 pts.
Anthropocene
Western Vinyl
RB,HB
15
Fred Wickham
29 pts.
Mariosa Delta
Thirty Days Records
 
16
Jeffrey Martin
27 pts.
One Go Around
Fluff & Gravy Records
HDB
17
Blitzen Trapper
25 pts.
Wild and Reckless
Lojinx
JDO
 
Jeff Crosby
25 pts.
Postcards From Magdalena
At The Helm Records
FCE,FC,JS
19
Dori Freeman
24 pts.
Letters Never Read
Blue Hens Music
 
 
Hardpan
24 pts.
Hardpan
Blue Rose Records
WR
21
The Deep Dark Woods
21 pts.
Yarrow
Six Shooter
JF
22
Lilly Hiatt
20 pts.
Trinity Lane
New West
TJ
 
Tom Russell
20 pts.
Folk Hotel
Frontera Records-Proper Records
JAB
24
Eilen Jewell
19 pts.
Down Hearted Blues
Signature Sounds
MW
25
Dick LeMasters
18 pts.
Incompatible Things
Longneck Road Music
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