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Hospital Music

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  • Audio CD (July 31 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000SM6F9U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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2007 album from the Canadian singer/songwriter and leader of the Matthew Good Band. Hospital Music, his seventh album overall, was inspired by Matthew's divorce, his battle with bipolar disorder and his eventual overdose. Features a new batch of originals plus cover versions of songs by The Dead Kennedys and Daniel Johnston. Universal.

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Matthew Good's seventh studio release Hospital Music is based on a premise that no one would wish to be inspired by: Good's overdose, spurred on by a nasty divorce and his ongoing battles with bipolar disorder. As a result, this disc is a dark, deeply intimate collection of music from a singer who has always been clever, but not always this lyrically direct. Sonically, Hospital Music is equally candid; opening track "Champions of Nothing" is a monolithic 9 and a half minutes of passion and processing in which keen-eared listeners can hear Good hyperventilating at the song's end. "She's in It for the Money" is as direct a journal entry as Good has ever penned, singing "I'm in love with your pills/I tried to get rid of myself" in a voice shaking with passion. Smatterings of sound bytes throughout the disc--akin to whispers of madness--keep it hanging in a perpetual state of unsettledness. There are certainly classic Good tracks, including "99% of Us Is Failure" and "The Devil's in Your Details" while "Born Losers"--the CD's first single--comes with a surprising country twang. Equally noteworthy is Good's unique choices of cover tunes: "Moon Over Marin" a gorgeous take on a punk rock classic by the Dead Kennedys and the closing number "True Love Will Find You in the End" from Daniel Johnston, a musician who has himself struggled with manic depression throughout his life. --Denise Sheppard


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This summer, there has been a string of particularly excellent 'rehab' albums. Wilco's 'Sky Blue Sky' saw Jeff Tweedy taking a lighter, apologetic approach as oppose to his brash experimental previous albums. As well, Ryan Adams found the consistency that won over many of his nay-sayers with June's amazing 'Easy Tiger'. And Matthew Good, who has recently come out and stated that he has been battling bi-polar disorder, has made an album that is earth-shattering, heartbreaking and purely incredible from start to finish.

Upon the first listen, I felt the first two minutes of the lengthy montage-riddled opener "Champions of Nothing" pretentious and even a bit tedious, which I felt didn't bode well for 'Hospital Music'. But looking back at Good's solo and band albums, he often uses these vices to portray political and human emotion; it's a part of his ever-growing, always-recognizeable repetoire. The most distinctive and beautiful part of this 'repetoire' is of course, his unique, gritty, emotion-filled voice which penetrates my heart so much that upon hearing many lines (too many to quote, in fact) on 'Hospital Music', sometimes I would feel my eyes close on their own, as I just tried to take in and accept the feelings he evoked inside of me.

Haunting. Gut-wrenching. Breathtaking. Any of those words perfectly describe the way 'Hospital Music' makes me feel on a very personal level. Perhaps because it is one of Good's most naked, personal albums to date. He shows everything, with nothing to hide and no shame or masking. Good proves himself yet again to be one of Canada's most revelant, most provokative, most individual, most emotive artists making music today.
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I've had Hospital Music in the cd player in the car for about a month now, and have come to appreciate what a remarkable album it is. While I haven't completely warmed to Champions of Nothing, it's still one of the finest Pink Floyd tracks never written. As for the rest of the CD, the 8 tracks at the heart of the playlist are stellar and, by themselves, are worth the price of the disc: Metal Airplanes, 99%, Born Losers, Odette, Black Helicopters, the transcendant The Boy Come Home, Devil's in your Details (perhaps the closest thing to a real "single" on the disc) and the wistful Moon over Marin each unfolds in its own haunted beautiful way, and the cumulative effect of this cohesive suite of songs is stunning.

If your favourite Matt Good tracks are Hello Time Bomb and Load Me Up, then you may find this album to be too solemn for you; but if (like me) you gravitate to Strange Days, While We Were Hunting Rabbits, and Advertising on Police Cars, then you will fall in love with this disc, which truly does grow stronger over time.
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I'm a long time fan of Matthew Good's music and have never been disappointed by any of his albums.
I can't just listen to one song off the album, I have to listen to the entire thing. I don't think I've come across another album where I can just sit there for hours and listen to it over and over, and over again.
My personal favourites off Hospital Music are 'Champions of Nothing', '99% of Us is Failure', 'A Single Explosion' and 'I'm a Window'.

This is definitely his best yet. 5 out of 5.
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I just listend to this on Matthew Good's website. This bloke never puts out a bad album and this is fantastic. I don't know if this is the greatest album ever as the other reviewer stated, as "Avalanche" holds that mantle, but this is right up there. It may be like "The Audio Of Being" and take a couple if listens to really seep into the psyche, but on one listening I didn't hear a dud track.

Another gem from one of the greatest artists in modern recording.

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I have never been dissapointed with any of Matt's work, every single album I can listen to without skipping tracks, some of course get heavier rotation than others to be sure.
This album is no exception, I love the level of emotional depth in the music and lyrics, how heartbreaking and yet joyful to hear the songs evolve after each time I hear them.
I am looking forward to his next really solo efforts.
Keep it up Matt and stay away from those reds and blues.
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I don't really have anything new to say in addition to the previous great reviews. This is a very nice album, good mix, some great tracks etc., etc.,

I do wonder if Matthew has been taking singing lessons from Tom Cochrane though! On some of the tracks his voice is almost identical. A quick survey of "Who's this?" to 5 colleagues got 3 'Tom Cochrane' answers!!
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After years of liking Matthew Good and MGB radio songs, I finally bought a CD - this one - and my fandom jumped ten levels. To my mind, this is easily one of the best albums of the decade. The rest of Matt Good's catalogue (I had to dig in) has some great albums, too, but this remains my favourite.
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Being as that this is Matthew Good's last album with Universal, you could probably say that they saved the best for last. After a harrowing experience in his life, Good "came back from the dead" and wrote this passionately intimate album. Be on the look out for more music from this man!
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