Memory Man - Aqualung
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  • Summary: London-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Matt Hales returns with a second album following two years of touring in support of his debut 'Strange And Beautiful.'
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Memory Man will be one of the strongest efforts released in 2007.
  2. So while Aqualung may not be doing anything on Memory Man that is wholly different than all of the Coldplays and Rufus Wainwrights of the world, there is a certain down-to-earth charm inherent in Hales that his peers often lack.
  3. 80
    Memory Man comes at you with a hesitant rush, portraying bespectacled, nice Mr. Hales as an improbably suburban Jeff Buckley--no glamour, all passion. [Oct 2007, p.94]
  4. He's an expert at creating mesmerizing, sophisticated pop.
  5. So outstanding is 'Cinderella' that its siblings pale in its shadow. [Sep 2007, p.88]
  6. 60
    Trades Parachutes-era wistfulness for Kid A-style gloom. [Mar 2007, p.88]
  7. 30
    The lightness and clarity that once set Hales apart is here squashed by overwrought arrangements of lesser melodies that replace pop classicism with conventional rock bluster.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 1 out of 20