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Matchbook Romance

Matchbook Romance: VoicesVoices (2006)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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Matchbook Romance began their journey hailed as something much greater than they were. They were a fairly stereotypical, whiny third wave emo band that somehow managed to land a humungous deal with Epitaph Records. On Voices, they attempt to qualify their signing by writing a more "mature" record, d.
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Matchbook Romance began their journey hailed as something much greater than they were. They were a fairly stereotypical, whiny third wave emo band that somehow managed to land a humungous deal with Epitaph Records. On Voices, they attempt to qualify their signing by writing a more "mature" record, drawing heavy from the likes of Radiohead and Muse, but most notably Gatsbys American Dream. What results is a mediocre effort from a band who is certainly reaching but ultimately fails due to nothing more than short arms.

Things start off promisingly enough. Matchbook Romance show their ambitions coming to fruition in early album cuts like the opener "You Can Run, But We'll Find You" and "My Mannequin Can Dance." Andrew Jordan's vocal approach is most sultry here, and it works in spades in placing a dark atmosphere and hooky environment; the former is slow-paced and methodical, with the latter executing stellar mini-crescendos leering around the chorus. However, even in these songs the band is revealing just how much Gatsbys American Dream they've been listening to since the release of Stories and Alibis, and thus never really find their own identity. The seven-minute fourth track (!), "Goody, Like Two Shoes" gives in to the notion with slightly sloppy attempts at time changes involving abrupt, drilled drum fills, while its latter part's chants are created only by Jordan's layered voice -- not an actual crowd of people, which likely would've conveyed any points Matchbook tries making here. Even its follower, the first single "Monsters," crawls in with some stomps and handclaps, leading to a relatively displaced, jangly chorus, and wank-filled riffs filling the bridge.

Beyond "Monsters," the record becomes directionless, pointlessly dreary, monotonous, and too slow to work song after song. All but the fast-paced (considering) "Fiction" follow the same, seemingly molded vibe, and all but that same one pass the 4-minute mark. Matchbook Romance are not a band designed to write a constant "attack" of ballads, and resultingly, Voices' second half is inherently boring. Jordan just eventually sounds nauseated as he rehashes his vocally sinister approach note in and note out; it gets to be old hat at some point. A flat secret song involves Jordan doing his best Thom Yorke over some lush acoustics.

Voices is a most ambitious record for Matchbook Romance, but it feels like the band is missing the talent to accompany it. Some more development is in store I'm sure, but it's still a way's away in eliciting the type of "that was awesome" reactions from listeners instead of merely "that was neat."

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You Can Run, But We'll Find You
Monsters

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Voices

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Monsters

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
dumhed01 (March 16, 2009)

Changed my score to how i feel about this album now.

HFiowjr24j3r

GlassPipeMurder (August 27, 2006)

T.S.S.

I_love_Toe (May 31, 2006)

id like to say the best mbr cd even though at first i didnt really think so ive grown to like it alot more

dumhed01 (May 25, 2006)

I love this album..
That's all.

Anonymous (March 16, 2006)

Score's for bit torrent and not having to pay for this very mediocre cd.

Score's also for the recycle bin.

Anonymous (March 11, 2006)

I love Matchbook Romance.. But this CD definitely isn't the best one they've made.. I liked Stories And Alibis.. I even Liked their EP West For Wishing better.. It's totally dissapointing.. I expected way more from them.. I mean Brand New changed their style too on their sophmore record but COME ON this is bullshit.. I hope the next one is better.. I mean it can't get any worse can it??

Anyway, I love Matchbook Romance but I didn't like this CD..

Anonymous (February 20, 2006)

useless scales

inagreendase (February 19, 2006)

Many music magazines operate on dumbed down scoring scales. Shit, some don't even use scales, look at Buddyhead: Axel Rose emoticons.

Anonymous (February 19, 2006)

"Werent you the one that also gave a 3 to the new Hawthorne Heights cd."

I wrote that, too. If it would've been on a 10-point scale, I would've given it a 5 (or 2.5 stars), but we only use a 5-point scale, so I rounded up.

-Scott"

dont you have some pull there yet? get that shit back on the 10 scale

love paul (a 5 year and counting subscriber to AP)

Anonymous (February 19, 2006)

Absolutepunk is neither absolute nor punk. Quite the misnomer.

Anonymous (February 19, 2006)

This band's still around?

Anonymous (February 18, 2006)

My score is not for this shitty Cd, it's for how good the Bass player plays the mouth organ!

maverick (February 18, 2006)

"Werent you the one that also gave a 3 to the new Hawthorne Heights cd."

I wrote that, too. If it would've been on a 10-point scale, I would've given it a 5 (or 2.5 stars), but we only use a 5-point scale, so I rounded up.

-Scott

Anonymous (February 18, 2006)

"Don't waste your hard earned cash on this crap........"

mines not that hard earned really. how hard do most of you work? me ? not that hard man. not that hard at all.

paul

crazytoledo (February 18, 2006)

Matchbook Romance - Voices
Posted by maverick on 2006-02-15 20:57:56

I wrote that.

-Scott

Werent you the one that also gave a 3 to the new Hawthorne Heights cd.

Anonymous (February 18, 2006)

Don't waste your hard earned cash on this crap........

Anonymous (February 18, 2006)

Great CD. I love it.

inagreendase (February 17, 2006)

Crazytoledo's statement is correct, mind the broken English.

Anonymous (February 17, 2006)

hey crazytoledo lets work on that there proper english thing

paul

crazytoledo (February 17, 2006)

Each review was wrote by Brian.

Right?

Anonymous (February 17, 2006)

yep, based on one listen i thought of Muse and MCR more than once. you all are hearin what i'm hearin, glad i'm not alone. way overhyped. it sounds decent, but this is not nearly as awesome as absolutepunk is hyping it to be. AP's 3/5 seems a bit more accurate.

paul

Anonymous (February 17, 2006)

nope, i don't like this cd or band. don't give me shit about how i went into it with a grudge. i didn't. i just don't like it. give me my propagandhi albums.

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

http://punknews.org/reviews.php?op=albumreview&id=319

http:// punknews.org/reviews.php?op=albumreview&id=105

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

STRUNG OUT.

that is all. this shit sucks. Thank God for twisted by design.

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

comment below makes my head hurt.

"you will never be the establishment AP has built"

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

You guys need to get a hold of yourself. Just becuase you guys came into this cd with a grudge against this band doesn't mean you have to bash on a good band and a good album. If you guys are going to complain about the comment made in AP then it's probably not going to get you anywhere, you will never be the establishment that AP has built . The comment that was made was probably true.

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

I can't believe it but these guys made a damn good CD. I like every song until about song seven and then it goes down hill but thats way more than I can say for most CDs lately.

you've been listening to the wrong cds then

justinius (February 16, 2006)

i'm listening to this for the first time right now. anyoone else reminded of muse - absolution?

not in a bad way, if you're going to be influence by a band you could do a lot worse than muse, but some bits are a little too close for comfort...

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

I can't believe it but these guys made a damn good CD. I like every song until about song seven and then it goes down hill but thats way more than I can say for most CDs lately.

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

"The song that everyone is raving about ("Monsters") sounds just like My Chemical Romance."

It's funny, the first time I heard that song I did one of those little "Lean in towards your speakers as if you could understand the music better by doing it" moves, and I actually said aloud to myself "Wow this sounds pretty MCR-esque."

I haven't heard "Voices" yet, but from what I have heard, it seems like all hype. And does anyone else think that it's pretty cliche for a band like this to release an album on Valentine's Day?

GlassPipeMurder (February 16, 2006)

Stories and Alibis was good compared to this. What happened?

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

The song that everyone is raving about ("Monsters") sounds just like My Chemical Romance.

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

I'm amazed. On the third listen and I'm completely impressed.

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

I don't know what all of you are talking about, this is a GREAT record. Try to have an open mind to hear good music.

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

bahhh..its a boring band..

Alternative Press shouldnt be talkin shit about us..i bet a lot of u guys buy this trash ahah

Anonymous (February 16, 2006)

bigwig sucks you morons

GreenVandal (February 16, 2006)

I think that explains alot about you.

oh by the way...

GAY

stevejonestherealbones (February 15, 2006)

my parents run it though

- jones the bones

stevejonestherealbones (February 15, 2006)

i live in a public library

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

GreenVandal (February 15, 2006)

I did until I moved out two years ago...

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

Nope. I'm in highschool and the family computer is upstairs. My house doesn't have a basement.

-Will

crazytoledo (February 15, 2006)

Matchbook Romance - Voices
Posted by maverick on 2006-02-15 20:57:56

I wrote that.

-Scott

I guess it's kind of funny. It's actually a little plug to the site.

At least I don't fit into that category. And it wouldnt matter anyway, as im still in high school.

Anyone here actually live in their parents basement here though?

maverick (February 15, 2006)

I wrote that.

-Scott

mikeinflames (February 15, 2006)

when i first heard the album i thought it was garbage but after a couple listens it's starting to grow on me
i saw them play an acoustic instore set in toronto today and they were talking about the album for abit
and what they said made a lot of sense
it's been 3 years since they wrote the stuff for thier last album
obviously the new stuff is going to sound different because they've all grown/matured

stevejonestherealbones (February 15, 2006)

its not a big deal. scott probably wrote that

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

crazytoledo (February 15, 2006)

Exact quote is in the Wiretapping area under the 'Marriages' section from the briefing:

'In case you somehow missed the thousands of people still living in their parents basements bitching about it on Punknews.org, the biggest story of the past month - and some would say all of 2005 - was anarcho-punks Against Me! making the jump into major label land via the Warner Bros. owned Sire Records'

clamum (February 15, 2006)

Garbage

jamespastepunk (February 15, 2006)

Usually Jones doesn't make me laugh, but that last one got me.

Come back Insincere Dave!

sickboi (February 15, 2006)

I'd be complaining too if I lived in a basement. Shit can get could in the winter, and if there's heaving rain, you're potentially fucked.

stevejonestherealbones (February 15, 2006)

Alternative Press

And they mainly stated that all Punk News users are people that live in their basement and complaining about it at Punknews.

its not that far from the truth. you people are really negative for some reason

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

alternative press is neither alternative nor an example of actual press. Discuss.

This record is alright. I wouldn't mind my little sister getting into it. I've heard worse. Nothing I'd spend money on but if they were attacked by hillbillys when their tour van broke down, I'd probably call for help.

wyzo

jamespastepunk (February 15, 2006)

I don't think its MBR that are talking shit about us, its Alternative Press that did the shit talking, at least that's the impression that I get.

sickboi (February 15, 2006)

Wow, so Scott and this site help these pricks get signed and they talk shit?

What's even funnier is you know they have to be here a lot to know about the shit-talking.

SlackMFr (February 15, 2006)

I forgot to mention that this album cover is about as stylish as my 10th grade graphics class project, which wasn't that great.

jamespastepunk (February 15, 2006)

Alternative Press

And they mainly stated that all Punk News users are people that live in their basement and complaining about it at Punknews.

Old media taking swipes at new media that's due to succeed them because it is more agile and more responsive to items of the day in a faster and faster moving world?

I'm shocked.

As for being called a bunch of guys who live in basements, we've been dishing out much harder stuff on here...let's not be remembered as the Eminem of the online 'zines (ie: he can dish it out, but he can't take it.) so hey, let's call Alt Press gay and laugh it off, alright?

NOFX said it best, right?

Note: Dr. Dave Thrope on SomethingAwful wrote that line about Eminem, I liked it and used it.

crazytoledo (February 15, 2006)

Alternative Press

And they mainly stated that all Punk News users are people that live in their basement and complaining about it at Punknews.

the_other_scott (February 15, 2006)

"somehow managed to get a humungous deal with epitaph"??!!

http://www.punknews.org/article.php?sid=3203

Anonymous (February 15, 2006)

this is garbage

inagreendase (February 14, 2006)

I've had the Bigwig record for like a week. I've had this for...at least a month. I need to let Bigwig sink in for a bit before I write something.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

i think they are talking about alt press since that is what brian has written reviews for. dont know what shit talking they are talking about though

jamespastepunk (February 14, 2006)

I got pissed when AP bashed Punknews in the one article.

Is this Alternative Press or AbsolutePunk?

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

only good song the have is promise.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

GAD is a great band. not punk, but a great band nonetheless

willoughby (February 14, 2006)

crap

SlackMFr (February 14, 2006)

2 and a half stars is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too high a score for this hyena shit of a CD.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

GAD is seriously horrible.

crazytoledo (February 14, 2006)

I just noticed your name matches up with a few reviews for AP. I noticed it before but never went to the about us page and checked the last name.

Interesting, none the less.

I got pissed when AP bashed Punknews in the one article.

rkl (February 14, 2006)

to all the people bitching 'blah blah, theres no bigwig review,' check the site more frequently.
there was one. it was plagirized. im sure there will be another one. better yet, write one yourself?

Testiclese (February 14, 2006)

i like the new bigwig, am i a bad person

skolarx (February 14, 2006)

everything after monsters on this cd is boring, the stuff before it sucks, but monsters is actually pretty decent

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

crap

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

Rubbish band, but monsters is an ok song

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

first of all if u dont like matchbook romance why are u here. of course ull give it a crappy rating. I will admit this isnt their best effort but its still decent for what they like to do. play pop-punk 3rd wave emo.

anyone know whats up with the lined sheet in the linear notes?

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

Bigwig. Hilary Duff. Bomb the Music Industry.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

"somehow managed to land a humungous deal with Epitaph Records."

Burning bridges with crappy bands, are we?

-Will

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

once again, nice dudes.....not a nice record.....

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

Sucks as much as the new Bigwig.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

these dudes are worse than fall out boy live. its more of an endurance test than anything else

stevejonestherealbones (February 14, 2006)

no one really needs a bigwig review. everyone has heard it and it sounds like bigwig

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

why don't we all spice up this week's reviews and everyone (who has it already) post a review of Oh! Calcutta?

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

No bigwig review?

stevejonestherealbones (February 14, 2006)

i'm sure they got a check for scoring this as a mediocre record.

this is the new noise

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

MB is kick ass but this album did not satisfy me. It actually put me to sleep. I heard the single "Monsters" and thought this album would be good, but I heard the complete opposite. Hopefully at Take Action they will play their older stuff.

crazytoledo (February 14, 2006)

Wanna know what was surprsingly good?

Remembering Never's 'God Save Us'

Damn...I'm surprised.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

this album sucks, wheres bigwig review

crazytoledo (February 14, 2006)

Dude, what gets reviewed gets reviewed.

Maybe Fearless didnt send them a promo/press cd and they havent got a copy to review it or someone hasnt gotten around to review it.

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

Great review, Brian. I agree 100%.

-Darren

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

how is there a review for this terrible album, but no review for the terrible bigwig release? you guys are a bunch of sellout homos. sorry that fearless didnt write you a check this month, its in he mail......i swear

Dante3000 (February 14, 2006)

Suck on that all those people who said this record would blow their critics away.
I'll admit what I've heard of this album is better than their last album but that's not too hard considering.
-Dante

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

Monsters is catchy as hell. It's almost like... rockabilly. It's got the right bass and drums for it.

Godfather (February 14, 2006)

terrible

Anonymous (February 14, 2006)

Crappy band.

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