Andre Matos – The Turn Of The Lights (Greece)


The GREat singer is back! It’s been three years, solo albums-wise, as we had the pleasure to listen to his work with Symfonia last year. It’s most unfortunate that the super band didn’t make it to a sophomore, thus the Brazilian artist got back to his other works in progress, hence this album!

I have written that Matos could sing the phone book and he would still sound amazing. His voice is huge, his voice color unique, the sweetness coming out of that larynx is breathtaking. Superb vocalist is once more working together with his buddy Hugo Mariutti, the two of them also arranged the album co-production. Production was handled by the usual suspects, Brendan Duffey and Adriano Daga.

First three songs are thunderous! Running, galloping, some tribal drumming is also involved and then… it’s open season! Especially the title track is pure fire! Amazing structure and terrific playing. I’ve got a question though. Is Andre’s voice a bit lower in the mixing? Those of you already heard, please advise. Then it’s ballad time. “Gaza” is the name and I really don’t want to listen anymore, I’m bored! Matos is singing beautifully, with passion, but… thanks, no thanks…

“Stop!” moves forwards with a mighty melodic chorus, it’s almost AOR and leaves the room for “On your own”, with its most interesting intro and the piano living with the guitar in complete harmony. It’s a bit Floyd-ish this one… Love the guitar solo…

“Unreplaceable” and we floor the accelerator; verse is not that exciting, then we run some more and end up with a “simply cute” chorus. Main riff is awesome though. Even more awesome: “Oversoul”, featuring that splendid riff. And then the most “inappropriate” bridge enters, it’s a bit theatrical… It’s cool naturally, the artist has the right to express in mysterious ways.

Another ballad for the epilogue. It doesn’t really matter, the album is filled with songs that we’re gonna love. Welcome back, Andre!
Costas Koulis

About Janus

Janus Aureus is my recently-inaugurated personal blog (written in portuguese, but with some texts in english as well). Fiore Rouge is my old (but still very active - in fact, more than Janus :P) blog (I started it back in 2005). Mentalize is a fan-made website (since 2005). if you wish to contact me for any reason, visit my blog and leave a comment OR see email above (top left) - no, my name's not Andre - actually, I'm not even a guy! LOL Long story... O Janus Aureus é meu blog pessoal - escrito em português - ainda sem muito conteúdo, pois foi começado no final de dezembro de 2011. Já o Mentalize foi aberto em 2005 e está escrito em várias línguas *rs* Privilegio o uso do inglês ali porque o pessoal estrangeiro não tem muitas informações sobre o AM. Quem quiser entrar em contato comigo por qualquer motivo, deixe um comentário nos meus blogs ou use o email que está aí em cima à esquerda (e não, eu não sou o Andre - aliás, sou mulher!).

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