Plat du Jour - Matthew Herbert
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  • Summary: Herbert's first disc in two years is a sample-driven concept album about the relationship of food to politics, society and celebrity. It is best consumed while reading the detailed album website, rather than as a stand-alone piece of music.
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  1. For a high-minded piece of process, one that rests on the old trope that the good stuff is always bad for you--or in this case, for the majority of the world--Herbert packs a lot of snap, crackle, and, particularly, pop.
  2. As with most things this conceptual, certain aesthetic sacrifices must be made. But Matthew Herbert is the remarkable musician, with his keen senses of rhythm and melody, who can pull off such an audacious ruse.
  3. 80
    Once you've digested the background information, tracks that seem slightly twee and aloof spring into focus. [Sep 2005, p.100]
  4. Plat du Jour is a more interesting an outing for remaining ambivalent in spite of itself.
  5. With Herbert, I've always been happy to consider the political content of the records to be a clever bonus, while the music as a purely sonic experience is allowed to stand on its own. I listened to Plat du Jour five or six times without paying attention to the song titles and not having read the online methodological descriptions, and this one didn't hold up quite so well.
  6. Plat du Jour is never dull, and if you went your whole life not knowing what it was about you could enjoy it on a basic scale. But as a project, the record is somewhat of a disappointment.
  7. Plat du Jour is no great aesthetic success (it is too spotty and inconsistent) and its discursive dogmatism can border on sledgehammer browbeating. Nevertheless, Herbert does ask questions no other artist is wont to pose; for this, he commands our respect.

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  1. hedyv
    Aug 17, 2006