Big Inner - Matthew E. White
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  • Summary: The music of the 1970s influences the debut release for the Richmond, Virginia-based singer-songwriter.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
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  1. Jan 22, 2013
    Over seven elegant tracks, White and his musicians achieve the kinds of loveliness that Spiritualized, Lambchop, Cat Power and the Beta Band have tilted at, at different times in the past, and quite often missed.
  2. Feb 1, 2013
    Overall, Matthew E White and his Spacebomb house band have created a brilliant debut, one that will undoubtedly have artists queueing up to be a part of this newly established project.
  3. Aug 29, 2012
    Instead of feeling like a testing ground for a series of wild experiments, White has crafted a collection of hushed character sketches worthy of Randy Newman or Bill Callahan.
  4. Feb 6, 2013
    A debut album of psychedelic gospel-tinged gems. [Mar 2013, p.94]
  5. Jan 24, 2013
    Funneling psychedelic sounds through soulful gospel has long been a musical quest.... Matthew E. White's band have nailed the gig with their first experiment. [Feb 2013, p.106]
  6. Aug 29, 2012
    Matthew E. White's Hometapes' debut, Big Inner, is as frustrating as it is cosmically transcendent.

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  1. Oct 7, 2012
    After one listen to this album I was hooked. I just wished it was longer. Do yourself a favor and check this one out. H I G H L Y R E C O M M E N D E D! Expand
  2. Jun 1, 2013
    Every once in a while an album arrives that no one saw coming, it arrives without fanfare and slowly grows to become a classic, Matthew E White’s ‘Big Inner’ is one of those albums. Seven glorious tracks that exist at the point where soul, Americana, R&B and gospel meet to form a record of such crafted beauty that even upon first listen it feels like an old friend. White has enlisted the house band from his collective/studio and added to them with a 10 piece orchestra and a twelve piece choir, the results are a stunning sun drenched collection that brings to mind The Band, Neil Young, Al Green and The Polyphonic Spree. White obviously has a vast knowledge of music and skilfully blends all his influences into the compositions, but it’s the music that wins out all rich and layered while his slight voice floats over the top like a summer breeze. Lyrically we are in familiar territory love, sex, religion, death, several songs even contain mantra-style repartition and with such deep subject matter it would be easy to fall into the morose if it wasn’t for the big band sound keeping you afloat. What White has done here is make a record that sounds new and fresh while at the same time borrows brilliantly from past masters and a long line of classic tradition, it’s in the place where these two things meet that we have found an amazing new talent. Expand