Matthew Barber

Album Title: The Story of Your Life
Release Date: Jan. 27, 2004
Genre: Rock
Matthew Barber has the voice of a heartbreaker and the look of heartbreak. So it's probably not a huge stretch of the imagination that his major label debut, The Story of Your Life, reflects much of the story of his life; boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy becomes overly enthusiastic in his obsession for girl, girl dumps boy over the phone. Or something like that.

Men are often at the mercy of a whole range of girl problems, and a little bit of old school reggae, a dash of country jangle and dirty guitars interprets that often helpless feeling exquisitely: "Little Love," probably the catchiest song on the EP, reels towards the pulsing bitterness of "Tilt-A-Whirl" while staccato drums punctuate the anxiety of an exile in his own bedroom in "Landline."

Barber's voice, often endowed with an audible sneer, peaks sweetly in his upper range just enough to avoid being overly saccharine - more like the tasty dab of whipped cream on a good stiff mochaccino. Completely avoiding the jinx of the "sophomore slump," Barber serves up an appetizing sample of the musical feast yet to come.

Writer: Erica Basnicki

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