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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.
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Another gem from one of the greatest artists in modern recording.
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.
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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The depths of despair and depression carved into vinyl. An absolutely amazing journey into sadness depression and acceptance.Published 15 months ago by Chris Rose
This has to be on of the best albums Matt Good has done to date. It is gripping, exciting, and a joy to listen to.Published on Oct. 18 2008 by Michael Shelbourn
This cd is worth buying even if it is just for the awesome opening track 'champions of nothing'. The words, delivery of them and the music are stunning. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2007 by Marcia
I think it takes alot of courage for anyone to go through the depths of hell and come out the other side or just to keep trying each day. This album proves it. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2007 by C. Preston