Matt White's "It's the Good Crazy" - 4.5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 14 Sep 2010 12:03:23
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Facebook nation needs a ballsy piano man like Billy Joel or Elton John.
Thankfully, as if by the grace of the rock 'n' roll gods, Mat White fills that void on his fantastic sophomore outing, It's the Good Crazy. On the record, White bounces from the sunny and sharply funny "Falling in Love (With My Best Friend)" to the sardonically brilliant and unabashedly honest "Therapy." The latter sounds like Woody Allen via Elvis Costello, and it's a cinematic little ditty about all the craziness in White's life—from his mom trying to fix him up with the neighbor's daughter back from college to somehow finding happiness in stress. White may allow listeners to sit on the therapist's couch with him, but he does it with a smirk that puts him light years ahead of his contemporaries in terms of savoir faire.
"She's On Fire" is a sexy little jam that rumbles with ethereal beats and a resounding hook. "Sunshine" curls from a massive piano melody into an even more massive hook carried by White's impenetrable vocal delivery. However, White's at his best when he's stripped during "Taking On Water". A light acoustic guitar careens behind White's falsetto as he runs through a poetic and powerful impassioned rumination about giving more than you should. There's no iPad app for feelings this genuine, and Matt brings us back to when pop was fearless on It's the Good Crazy.
Have you heard It's the Good Crazy yet?