Matthew Good – Vancouver
(Universal Music Canada; 2009)
Matthew Good’s latest solo offering, Vancouver, is about his hometown and the alienation of urban life.
It’s a relatively more upbeat follow-up to 2007’s Hospital Music, which the oft-troubled Good penned after being hospitalized and diagnosed as bipolar.
Vancouver opens with “Last Parade,” a spacey, pretty, hook-laden track, dealing with the idea of heading home.
Pete Yorn collaborates and sings on “The Vancouver National Anthem,” which paints a critical picture of the upcoming Olympic city. “Out of the alleys, our needle strewn fields/the sunlight that the brochures reveal,” sings Good.
Vancouver is trademark Good – dark and desperate messages for the modern neurotic, sweetened by an effective alt-rock sound.
Track: “Last Parade”