The Pennsylvania native and resident Nashvillian, Matthew Perryman Jones accomplishes a feat many musicians struggle with. On his third-full length album, Land of the Living, Jones creates a blend of pure, ethereal musical talent with various effective, thought-provoking messages. The vast range of topics including love, death, and philosophy, covered on the album emphasize his undeniable talent as a lyricist and his grasps of musicianship.
Land of the Living reaches a depth few albums can possibly fathom. The blues-y shuffle on “Sleeping With A Stranger” coupled with a breathy, dreamlike falsetto perfectly capture that moment when emotional distance become too much for a relationship to survive. Jones conveys a vulnerable resolve on “The Angels Were Singing” as he laments his father’s death with soft, struggling vocals. Land of the Living owns a sense of wisdom and complexity that could not be accomplished without Jones’s perfect blend of lyrics, vocals, and instrumentals.
This album is a unique and refreshing take on how an album works. Not only does each song tell a story, but the collective album does as well. Land of the Living is sure to leave a lasting impression even after the final seconds tick by.
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