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Matthew Thomas - Overrated Life Review

by Ashleigh Hill

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Matthew Thomas: Your Typical Singer/Songwriter

The profession of singer/songwriter is not a rare one, nor has it ever proven easy. As with any job, competition is extensive and creativity is a must. With Overrated Life, Matthew Thomas does a good job of telling his own stories from behind the guitar. Starting off with "Life without You", a catchy, musically pleasing cut, Thomas hooks the listener by showing them that he can do the sweet-love-song-pop-radio-hit that will never fail to win an audience. The title track, "Overrated Life" quotes a few lines that are sure to get stuck in anyone's head ("It's the second time this week/ she's left me talking in my sleep"), and paired with "Issues" ("If you tell her that you love her/ well she won't believe you") Thomas does manage to get a few fingers tapping. "Issues", however, like a few other songs on the album, tries to tell a story that is much longer than 3:53. Over all, "Just Ask Me" ties "Life without You" for the best track on Overrated Life. Unfortunately Thomas gives a mediocre performance. The vocals show very little range and are, at some parts, strained. The guitar playing and lyrics are radio-friendly, but hold little sustenance for anyone looking for something new and exciting.

Overrated Life is a noble effort, especially for a newcomer. Thomas's lyrics are clearly heartfelt… just like every other genuine swooner with a guitar. The good thing is that there are Matthew Thomas's playing in every coffee house in America. The bad thing is that there are Matthew Thomas's playing in every coffee house in America.


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