Matricidal Sons Of Bitches - Matthew Friedberger
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  • Summary: The latest solo release from the Fiery Furnaces musician was inspired by the low-budget films made by smaller Hollywood studios between the 1920s and the 1950s.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Dec 7, 2012
    70
    It takes a while to get on Friedberger's wavelength.... But his sheer love of a good tune is seductive. [Dec 2012, p.63]
  2. Nov 1, 2012
    70
    Many of the ideas could easily be expanded into larger pieces, but Friedberger's decision to present them as one massive showcase manages the neat trick of marrying technical mastery with nostalgia and, in doing so, creates some of his most compelling solo work to date.
  3. Oct 31, 2012
    60
    As it stands, its mix of tiny triumphs and incomplete ramblings will make all but Friedberger's most die-hard fans long for a Fiery Furnaces reunion.
  4. Oct 31, 2012
    60
    Friedberger sits at his keyboard noodling around on little motifs with slight variation here and there, which do evoke cinematic cues. But without the images on the silver screen, it becomes the music of buttons being pushed which gets old quickly.
  5. Nov 29, 2012
    60
    A backstory so real you'll swear you've seen the flick. [Dec 2012, p.96]
  6. Dec 4, 2012
    50
    The odd, sublime nod to the blues is a pleasant shock in what registers as a 45-track hour-long lark--the latest in a long, winding series of digressions from the auteur's core competency. [No. 93, p.55]
  7. Nov 7, 2012
    20
    The most regrettable aspect of Matricidal Sons of Bitches is the recognition that Friedberger no longer sounds like an innovator.

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  1. Nov 10, 2012
    9
    A little gem. The album consists of pretty, moody, catchy variations on a cohesive theme. Quieter, less crowd-pleasing that some of his other efforts, but full of emotion, ideas, and memorable melodies as usual. Matthew is a brilliant guy. Those who can't enjoy him are missing out. Expand