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  • Summary: The debut album from the British singer was produced by Jim Abbiss.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Cute enough to be mainstream, indie enough to be cool, different enough to stand out but normal enough to be accessible... and sufficiently talented to pull it all off.
  2. 72
    It's refreshing to see a talented musician who’s harmlessly heartfelt, but the record would have more edge and lasting value if Jack simply grew some balls.
  3. 70
    Occasionally, you wish Peñate would just calm down already -- even the ballads feel a little rushed -- but his ordinarybloke vocals and eager hooks never fail to please.
  4. Uncut
    It's pleasing to come across a record that not only sounds old-fashioned, but whose author seems like a man of principle. [Nov 2007, p.108]
  5. Matinee is quite good; but 50 years on from the birth of rock'n'roll, quite good just isn't really good enough anymore.
  6. While most of Matinée will fade away into your brain faster than a pair of his danced-out Nikes, there is a shadow of a hint of a suggestion that there’s something more to Jack Peñate than rapidly-dissolving indie-pop sugar.
  7. Lyrically, things grate from the off, with cringe-worthy and rudimentary rhyming couplets being Peñate’s irritating stock in trade. By the end, everything has blended into a graceless, jaunty melange of up-down guitar strokes, bellowed vocals and mid-tempo skanks.

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  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. KateB.
    Apr 6, 2008
    Oh dear. Why are you wasting my time? You sound like Scouting for Girls and you do a little dance with your feet when you sing. Just no.