Matt Pearce & The Mutiny ‘The Soul Food Store’ – Metal Planet Music

Review by Maria Glover for MPM

Scot Matt Pearce, based in London, is an original member of hard rock band Voodoo Six, which I love. “The Soul Food Store” is the new album from his side project Matt Pearce & The Mutiny, out April 29 via Mutinear Records.

This is their second album and, like the first “Gotta Get Home”, it features Matt as singer, guitarist and songwriter.

Can’t wait to be there as I saw Matt and his mutineers live at HRH CROWS a few years ago and they were excellent.

The first track “Got A Thing Going On” has a funky beat and is riff-heavy, energetic, with twists and just enough sax.

The vocals are fleshed out with interesting and engaging instrumental arrangements to create a deeply blues-rock feel, which continues into the slow-burning “All The Gods,” with a sultry, laid-back vocal that captivates me.

As expected, the album features stunning guitar work. From the slide guitar outro to “Bring It All To Me” which closes the song perfectly, complementing the dark vocals and soulful piano, to the guitar section of “Don’t Take It So Hard” which transforms the track from correct to epic. There are plenty of clean, crisp guitar lines and enough solos to keep the guitar voyeur in me happy.

There’s a lot of funk and blues influence throughout, with a delicious array of piano, keys and brass. “From Here To The Moon” is a very cool track that counts with snapping fingers, a steady beat interacting with Pearce’s commanding vocals, and a great melody with the obligatory jazz saxophone. It’s great fun and a fascinating listen.

The vocals range from smooth and mellow (“Bring It All To Me” and “A Better Way”) to upbeat and uplifting (“King of The World”) to downright soulful and emotional, especially in the title track. “The Soul Food Soul” is my track on the album, a respectable Latin-inspired nod to Carlos Santana that’s both laid-back and incredibly expressive.

It’s understated and compelling, and a very satisfying track. A second track close to the album for me is “Beautiful Disguise” which has a retro 1950s ballad feel and is just mesmerizing with the soaring vocals.

All in all a very enjoyable and well-regarded album that will suit fans of blues-inspired rock around the world, one of the best shifts from hard rock to a more bluesy sound in recent years.

It just goes to show Matt Pearce’s ability as a singer-songwriter, as well as the talented guitarist we know and love.

The songs improve with each piece and the lyrics express a mastery of emotion and feeling, beautifully complemented by impressive arrangements and superb production. The album is rich and moving and the songs adorned with harmonies. To like.

The Soul Food Store
Album Information
List of tracks:

Something is happening
all the gods
Promised land
bring me everything
From here to the moon
The Soul Food Store
don’t take it so badly
Never walk away from love
A better way
Beautiful disguise
King of the world

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