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  • Summary: This is the second solo release for the former Supergrass lead singer.
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is sitting around in the sand the water's high and the time hides you there It all leads to the prize and to the girl in mind The endless race to the... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 2, 2015
    100
    An instinctive and honest sublimation of a state of mind, full of intriguing revelations but leaving enough questions unanswered to keep you ever seeking more in its grooves. [Feb 2015, p.88]
  2. Jan 21, 2015
    90
    Not only is the music a step forward, the songs are too--and Coombes revels in their delivery.
  3. 80
    Matador is a great record, the sound of an artist following his own singular path--an artist who becomes more interesting with each release.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jan 8, 2015
    80
    Made up of Coombes's most beautiful compositions yet. [Feb 2015, p.116]
  5. Jan 20, 2015
    80
    The jaunty, energetic hints of Britpop cast aside, this is Gaz Coombes the adult man, writing adult songs, and they’re really rather great.
  6. Jan 30, 2015
    80
    This is a bold confessional and one made all the stronger by music that's creative and daring without ever once straying into disco dad territory.
  7. Jan 8, 2015
    60
    It’s a solid, sturdy listen, with flourishes of electronics that bring sparkle, but much less of the pop sheen that was evident on Here Come The Bombs.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 28, 2015
    7
    Of course, it’s a world away from the frenetic and frivolous Supergrass sound, but as Coombes matures into a serious rock wordsmith heOf course, it’s a world away from the frenetic and frivolous Supergrass sound, but as Coombes matures into a serious rock wordsmith he perfectly displays the personal highs and lows, the strengths and weaknesses of simply being…Gaz Coombes. A worthy investment. Expand

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