Tuesday, July 8, 2003
YOU ARE NOT READY.
Don’t Sleep on This Album- Matt Morris “Unspoken” .
I am not a crier at all. I wish I could cry, Lord knows I do. The only time I cry is during Praise and Worship time in church but besides that, I am rarely moved. I am listening to this CD, sitting at my desk at work while biting my trembling upper lip to keep from sobbing all over my keyboard. No, I am not premenstrual.
I would like to say that Matt Morris made this CD especially for me. He heard that I was fed up with music, that I had gone back to my old faithfuls, Stevie Wonder and Sting, for the musical inspiration which our current music industry is for the most part void of. I would like to believe that Matt Morris said “You know what? I like that girl Toya. She’s a sweetie. And since anyone could give her roses and diamonds, I will impress her with something timeless” and thus produced, wrote, and arranged this CD. A girl could only wish.
Unlike his fellow MMC alumni, this CD has nary a trace of “ 'Dirrty' 'Pop' “. “Unspoken” is an autobiography, much like Maxwell’s classic “Urban Hang Suite” and is split into a musical trilogy. Every song is bound together by a common thread of lush and sometimes haunting, piano driven melodies and topics of spirituality (“Eternity”) social issues (“The World I’m Living In”) and of course, love proclaimed, love lost and love made (“Be My Love” “You Were Mine” and “Let Me”). It’s hard to say where this album’s strength lies. One could say that it is in his songwriting that is at times, personal enough where it could make you blush while thinking you have been let in on something that really is none of your business. Or you could say it is his voice that is delectable like a semi-sweet chocolate brownie in which you take little bites and digest only a bit at a time, savoring every little morsel-like word. Morris’ voice is tinged with soulful inflections while so sweet that even when he is telling his love to walk away (such as in “Go Away” co-written with BGLU favorite, Justin Timberlake) the beckoning in his voice let’s you know that is merely a bluff. And if his voice is the brownie, surely the music itself is the milk that chases it down slowly leaving you fully satisfied. Be sure to go to his website www.mattmorris.net (where you can hear the ENTIRE CD as well as read the lyrics) and buy the CD on his website, or pick it up at Tower Records or www.amazon.com.