Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Everything In Between (Matt Wertz)

Matt Wertz, a Missouri native and Nashville rising star released Everything In Between in February of 2007. Its a record worth mentioning - great pop music. In the vein of John Mayer's Room For Squares, Everything In Between is pop-success. I can imagine Wertz writing to his peer group but also appealing to the Jr. High kids too. Curse or gift???

It's not just another good-looking acoustic singer/songwriter doing the same ole' tricks. This album comes across as being well crafted and road tested. Wertz, notorious for medium-venue-sell-outs and college girl screams does justice to his songs with each recording.

Notable tracks are Carolina and 5:19. Both in the "single" category, they excel in writing and execution. Producer Ed Cash brings the best from Wertz. And with an all-star cast of studio musicians, its hard to flub.

Lullabye, I Will Not Take My Love Away, is his worship meets crooner meets searcher meets tear soaked pillow (at least that's how it sounds in my ears).

All in all, its a good format for Wertz. The songs are recorded great and the songwriting is there too. Its probably worth purchasing but might take more than 1 listen to agree with me.

RATING: 3.5 of 5 stars.

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