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Matt Anderson Revels In Quieter Moments

Matt Anderson Album Review

Matt Anderson – Photo: Scott Doubt

Matt Anderson

‘House To House’

Out Now

By Rob Dickens

It was way back in 2013 (Bluesfest Byron Bay) when I witnessed Canadian Matt Anderson‘s glorious voice and guitar prowess.

House To House is his first acoustic solo record.  The album, out now via Sonic Records, demonstrates an extra versatility for Anderson, eschewing his renowned dynamic blues and pulsing riffs for a more reflective, ballad-centric collection that works a treat. 

Here Andersen covers gospel-infused folk and reflective singer/songwriter ballads, showing a more personal and tender countenance.   This sparseness shows in the album’s recording process, which occurred during the pandemic in Andersen’s home studio in rural Nova Scotia, live off-the-floor, with no overdubs. 

As the man himself says:

“Songs that are as much about the space as they are about what happens between the spaces. I’ve learned those moments need to be there in a show. Big and strong isn’t big and strong if you don’t have a quiet moment to compare it to. This album is pretty much all about those types of songs.”

Andersen’s imposing voice is of course a feature throughout House to House, with all the songs written or co-written by him save for David Francey‘s “Time For The Wicked To Rest” and the last track, a rousing take of Curtis Lee Mayfield‘s classic “People Get Ready”. Special mentions to additional vocals and harmonies from Terra Spencer, plus Reeny, Micah and Mahalia Smith.

Here’s the single and album opener “Other Side of Goodbye.”

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