Thursday, December 29, 2011
MATTHEW GOOD / Lights of Endangered Species 
I'll be honest and confess I didn't have much in the way of expectations with Matt Good's latest (and possibly final) album Lights of Endangered Species but was quickly astounded by the quality of songwriting my hometown boy displayed.
This is some of Good's best work since 2003's Avanlanche and sometimes even excels that material. In an interesting move, Good opted to use brass, strings, woodwinds and piano on this album rather than just the usual standard rock ensemble. Good never really uses his new ensemble like most would expect but rather to subtly compliment the guitar driven music in the foreground.
It's hauntingly moody, grim and pure Vancouver rainy day music with songs that expand into something greater as the album progresses.
4 Ideal Swan Songs out of 5
Songs Of Note: Non Populus; Set Me On Fire