Matt Roper - Fume Of Sighs

Tuesday 1st October 1991
Matt Roper - Fume Of Sighs

LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

One of the peculiar aspects of the Christian music world is that artists make 'demos' yet then proceed to put an inlay card around them and sell them at their gigs. The way I see it, it ceases to be a 'demo' the moment you begin to sell it as opposed to using it as a freebie to woo potential concert organisers or (more ambitiously) land a record contract. But the problem with privately financed recordings masquerading as 'real' albums or EPs is that often the performance is rudimentary (sometimes downright bad). Take this one for instance. Matt writes some interesting lyrics and is passable (just about) as a vocalist. For a 17 year old Mart's exceptional. But this six-song EP doesn't impress. Particular problems are the drum programming (crude) while some of the piano playing is very hesitant. Matt is a song-writing talent to watch. But he needs to assert a little quality control if he wants to create any impression with Joe Public.

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